Whether it’s a new year or just a new week, this is the perfect time to start a fitness regimen. In the past, I’ve written about the basics of staying fit that you can find here. But what are some habits that could help you stay fit for life? Here are my top seven:

Eat A Healthy, Balanced Diet

The most important thing you can do to stay fit for life is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. A good way of doing this is by avoiding processed foods and eating more vegetables and fruits. It’s also important to limit your intake of sugar, fat and salt as well as drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Alcohol consumption should be limited if possible as it contains calories but no nutrients.

Get Enough Rest

You need enough rest to maintain your health and fitness, says Dr Lauren Papa. Sleep is essential for good health, and the amount you need depends on your age and activity level.

You can get better sleep by following these tips:

  • Go to bed at the same time each night, even on weekends.
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks after 2 p.m., especially if you have trouble sleeping at night. 

Control Stress Levels

Stress is a normal part of life, but it can lead to health problems if you don’t manage it. Stress can be caused by work, family, personal relationships, money and other issues. It’s important to find ways to manage stress in your life because it can lead to health problems like heart disease and high blood pressure.

There are many ways you can control your stress levels:

  • Exercise regularly – exercise releases endorphins which help reduce anxiety and improve moods
  • Take time out for yourself every day – this might involve meditation or just sitting quietly doing nothing but enjoying yourself

Manage Your Weight

If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t use the scale as your only measure of success, says Dr Lauren Papa. Your weight is not a direct reflection of how healthy you are. Instead, focus on eating a balanced diet and getting enough exercise.

It’s also important to remember that as we age our bodies change in ways that may lead to an increase in body fat or muscle mass–it’s normal! As long as your doctor gives the okay and you feel good about yourself, don’t be afraid of gaining some pounds as an adult when they come along with age or because of changes in activity level (such as starting a new job).

Get Regular Checkups And Screenings As Needed

Regular checkups and screenings are important for your health. It’s also important to find a doctor who listens to you and takes the time to answer your questions. If you’re having trouble finding a family doctor, ask friends and family for recommendations–and don’t be afraid to switch doctors if something doesn’t feel right.

It’s best to schedule regular checkups every year or two years depending on your age, gender and medical history. The American Heart Association recommends these screening tests:

  • Blood pressure test 
  • Cholesterol test