We’d all love to live a healthier lifestyle but wanting it and actually getting started are two different things. Among the main problems with trying to pursue this type of goal is that it is very broad and overwhelming.

For this reason, one of the strategies nearly all people who are successful with being able to live a healthier lifestyle will do is to take steps as opposed to diving in head first. If you try to overhaul your entire life at once, you’ll find yourself struggling far more than you would if you added one new effort at a time.

After all, there isn’t any rush to live a healthier lifestyle. As long as you’re continually making some additional healthful changes, then you will always be improving and benefitting. Use the following steps to get yourself started:

1. Know where you are now – Start by making an appointment with your doctor, knowing your weight, knowing whether or not you are struggling with nutritional deficiencies and gaining a better understanding of how your health and habits are impacting your life. If you don’t know where you are now, it will be difficult to truly comprehend which parts of your life most need to be changed. Consider tracking your food for a couple of weeks to start to watch for trends that are strong as well as those where work is needed.

2. Prioritize – The first changes you should make should be to the areas that are having the largest impact on your health. For example, risky behaviors such as drinking heavily, smoking, any other addictions, or living a sedentary life may be a great place to start making changes. Work with your doctor on these improvements.

3. Get active – Make sure you’re exercising on a regular basis. Every day should involve 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense activities. Switch things up to keep the activities fun and interesting and try to aim for cardio 4 times per week, strength training twice per week and yoga, pilates or another type of flexibility exercise once per week.

4. Give your diet a boost – Start looking at your plate. It should be half full of veggies and fruits, one quarter full of proteins and a quarter full of whole grains to give yourself the best chance of balancing your nutrition. Speak to your doctor about the number of calories you should be consuming in a day and track your nutrition to be sure you stick to that goal.
5. Work on your stress levels – Stress has a tremendous impact on your physical and mental health. For this reason, building your coping and recovering methods should be at the top of your list for living more healthfully.

6. Get some sleep – You may be thinking “easier said than done,” but if you make it an important part of your life, you can get a better quality of sleep every night. This will help to improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

7. Manage your weight – Being overweight, obese, or underweight can have a negative impact on a spectrum of different components of your health. Try to aim to bring your weight to a healthy level to improve your wellness and longevity.