Why do you want to be healthy?
To live longer.
There are many reasons why someone chooses to take the steps to live a healthier life.
But did you know?
Being healthy isn’t only about eating right and getting some exercise.
There are other lifestyle aspects that factor into healthy living as well. Like taking some time to decompress. Remember that having a healthy mind is equally important as having a healthy body.
And… you can start being healthy immediately!
It doesn’t require a complete overhaul of your life. Take some baby steps. Do one thing at a time. Soon you’ll be drinking kale juice and deadlifting.. simultaneously.
Ok.. hah.. maybe not. That’s a bit extreme.
But if you want to make eating your vegetables and sleeping better a priority, then set those goals!
If you want to start to live healthier, you can do any of these right now!
Waking up early
I don’t know about you, but if I sleep in too long I feel like I’ve wasted a portion of the day.
Getting up early will help you be more productive and get things done.
Plus, you won’t get that groggy feeling when you sleep too long.
Go to bed at the same time every night
Having a bedtime will do more than making sure you get enough sleep.
It’s beneficial for your metabolism, heart, and brain.
You’ll sleep more soundly, and fall asleep faster.
Drinking 8 glasses of water a day
Water is good. But you knew that.
It’s the best choice in keeping your body hydrated.
If you’re struggling with drinking enough, get a cute and helpful water bottle. And try adding frozen fruit, to keep it cold and tasty.
There are tons of different designs for this bottle!
Eating fruits and veggies
They’re so good for you and they can taste great too!
Add a vegetable to every meal and eat fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth.
If vegetables are still not your thing, check out how you can make healthy eating suck less!
Cook instead of eating out
Yes, sometimes it sucks to have that “We have food at home” talk with yourself.
But healthy options are limited when it comes to eating out. I’m all for eating out occasionally, but a healthy, home cooked meal is the clear winner.
If you’re used to eating out a ton, just trim it back a little. Cook at home a few nights a week and work your way up.
Make an extra serving or two
When you’re cooking a healthy dinner, make some extra servings so you’ll have lunch for the next couple of days.
If you’re like me, it will get eaten because I hate wasting food!
Try a new food
Be brave, try something new at least once a week.
Maybe it’s a vegetable you’ve never had and are curious about.
Look up a recipe and try it. You will find tons of new things you like and can add into your meal rotation!
Eat one healthy meal per day
If you’re struggling with eating healthy all the time, try to get at least one healthy meal a day.
If that’s a salad for lunch and then you indulge in pizza for dinner, then so be it.
High five for eating that salad.
Make your lunch, or whatever meal you choose, your healthy meal for the day. When that becomes a new habit, then you can shoot for two nutritious meals a day.
Take your vitamins
If you need to, take your vitamins every day.
Vitamins are great for your energy levels and overall health.
Set a reminder on your phone, I have been known to forget many times.
If possible, try to cut out added sugars completely. Or at least reduce them greatly.
Any word ending in OSE on a food label is just another name for sugar. So just skip that product and find an alternative.
Read food labels
Before you just grab something and throw it in your shopping cart, read the nutrition facts.
Make sure you know what you’re buying.
How much sugar? Sodium? Fat or carbs?
Look at the ingredients as well. If there is a mile long list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce, that may not be the best choice.
Pay attention and know what you’re buying.
Stop eating in front of the TV
The tv can turn us into mindless zombies. I’ve tuned out others trying to talk to me because I was so into what was on.
The same can go for eating while watching TV.
When you eat while in front of the TV you’re more likely to overeat because you are not focused on the food, you’re focused on what’s on.
Stop drinking soda
Everyone knows that soda is not the healthiest choice of beverage.
Start cutting it out slowly. Replace one soda with a sparkling water.
Or if you need to, go cold turkey. That’s the only thing that worked for me.
If I had one soda I always wanted more!
Spend time outside daily
Get some fresh air.
Taking some time to sit outside whether you’re doing something productive, or just taking a break
Walk around the block
Taking a walk is a good way to be active, enjoy that fresh air, or clear your mind.
Even if it’s just a quick 10 minute walk, it’s still way better than sitting on the couch.
Get up and stretch
If you’re sedentary, get up every hour and stretch for a minute or just walk around.
If you’re drinking your water, you’ll probably have to pee anyways!
Sitting down too long can lead to stiffness, so get up!
Doing the same thing all day every day can get boring.
Find new ways to challenge yourself!
Learn a new cooking technique or teach yourself a whole dance routine as a workout.
You could even throw some rewards into the mix. If you get the house clean by 3 you can have 2 hours of lazy time before you cook dinner.
Try a new workout
Do something different.
If you’re a walker, do a workout from YouTube.
If you do HIIT indoors, go for a bike ride outdoors.
It’s fun to mix things up and keep them interesting.
But if you’re set on being a creature of habit, that’s ok too.
Make time for yourself
If you’re one of those people that always does for other people then you don’t need to forget about yourself.
You’re an amazing person who works hard, and you deserve some undisturbed alone time.
Go workout, read a book, take a bath, watch TV, or just lay quietly. You deserve it!
Complete small tasks right away
Things that will take 2-3 minutes, just do them right away.
Like putting a coffee mug in the dishwasher, it will take less than 30 seconds, so just do it.
I have to remind myself of this daily, don’t build up clutter just because you can’t take one minute to put something away.
Focus on one thing at a time
Sometimes multitasking isn’t so great.
It takes your full focus away from each task and if you can’t fully focus on something you usually don’t do as great a job.
Don’t forget that quality is important too.
Reading keeps your brain healthy!
Find a genre you enjoy and you’ll always have something to read. I love suspense novels, so I’ve always got tons of choices.
Try to read at least 20 minutes a day.
Throw that ish away!
I have a problem with throwing things away because I have that “What if I need it later” mentality.
Well most of the time, I usually never need it.
Be thankful for what you have.
Your job, family, house, etc.
About 7 years ago I wished so bad I was where I am right now. And I’m thankful for where I am today.
Move on from your mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes, they’re part of life.
They should teach you something, and then you need to move on.
Dwelling on things that have happened in the past will not help your future.
See? Being healthy can be very simple.
It does not take too much out of your busy life to incorporate some new healthy habits.
Try a few and really commit.
I bet you’ll start to wonder what took you so long!
Which one will you be incorporating into your life today?
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