Starting again: 5 healthy habits to start today
It happens to all of us. Life gets busy. You forget to take care of yourself and your health. You stray from healthy eating habits or from exercise. It’s ok! The great thing about going away from healthy habits is that you can always pick them up again.
When you’re in a routine of healthy eating and regular exercise, it’s easier to stay there than starting again. That doesn’t mean that getting started again has to be hard. You can start today! Right now!
Here are five healthy habits you can easily start today:
Drink more water. The human body is made primarily of water and uses it to perform nearly every function. Drinking plenty of water gives your body the basic platform to be healthy and happy. A good rule of thumb is to take your body weight (in pounds), divide that by half, and then drink that many ounces of water a day. Find a water bottle you really like, fill it up, and always keep it with you. If you’re sipping on it all day, you’ll find it’s easy to reach your goal!
Stand up. Sitting all day is horrible for your metabolism and body as a whole, but the majority of Americans work a job that requires them to be at the computer. If you’re one of these people, trying incorporating more standing every day. Set a timer to go off at least every hour to remind you to stand up. If your workplace allows it, set up a standing desk and stand for at least a few hours a day. Walk over to a co-worker rather than email them. On the phone, stand up while you chat. The more you’re on your feet, the more calories you’ll burn throughout the day and the healthier you’ll be in the long run.
Eat your vegetables. Coming up with healthy recipes that are loaded with veggies can be overwhelming. So don’t do that to yourself right away, just promise to eat more veggies. Swap out those potato chips on the side of your lunchtime sandwich for carrots instead. Sneak spinach into your morning smoothie. Hide zucchini in your lasagna. Little changes can add up to make a big difference in your overall health.
Meditate. When you’re super busy, slowing down to just sit might seem counterintuitive -- but it can be the key to productive and health. The body of research on meditation is growing and all of it seems to point that a daily meditation practice can be a key to overall wellness and balance. The great thing is that you don’t have to carve out an hour to meditate. Taking just 5 minutes a day can make real changes in the brain that reduce stress, lessen depression, and improve happiness.
Get help. Getting your health back on track is always easier if you have a little bit of help. Unmotivated to exercise? Hire a personal trainer or sign up for a group fitness class. It’ll give you some accountability and something set in your schedule to look forward to. Hate meal prepping or worrying about cooking? Sign up for a meal delivery service that suits your health goals. Enlist a friend that loves to meal prep and make it a social activity. Getting healthy is so much easier when you don’t have to do it alone.
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