Ten Tips To Setting Up Your New Healthy Lifestyle & Sticking To It
Have you decided it’s time to go on a health kick? Most of us know how to be healthy, but it seems so intimidating yet motivating at the same time. When it comes to taking on new, healthy habits and getting them to stick, there are plenty of small steps you can take that will make a difference in the long run. After all, living a healthy lifestyle can have a significant impact on your life. It can make you more effective and productive and can help you live a long, healthy life. We’re here to divulge ten painless tips to kick off your new healthy lifestyle and how you can stick to it.
1) Drink more water. This tip is one of the oldest ones in the book and also one of the most important things you should do every day. Keeping yourself hydrated lubricates your joints, carries oxygen throughout the body, improves your skin health, regulates body temperature and so much more! Aim to drink eight glasses of water a day. Oh, and don’t let that number scare you! The trick is to drink a glass of water when you wake up and then every two hours. If you don’t like plain old water, add in some lemon juice or infuse it with cucumber to add flavor.
2) Exercise. It always seems like life gets in the way of sticking to an exercise routine, but you don’t have to do a two-hour workout every day either. Start small and build yourself up to a more substantial time commitment for exercise. You might find just 30 minutes every morning is all you need to get some cardio in and do a little weight training. If you’re having trouble keeping up with exercising, make it a goal to set aside extra time in your day. A way to break this bad habit is to get up earlier so that unexpected distractions don’t get in the way. The early bird gets the worm, am I right?
3) Make walking outside a part of your daily routine. Taking a walk through green surroundings can reduce brain fatigue and increase your happiness. Aside from the stimulating effects of physical activity, moving around outside gives you fresh air and exposes your body to sunlight, which helps your body produce Vitamin D. Walking outside is one of the most underrated forms of exercise. You probably don’t even realize this, but walking can improve your heart health, reduce depression, improve your mood and also create less stress on your joints. So, make a daily stroll part of your routine!
4) Go to bed at the same time every night. We understand your busy lifestyle can get in the way of a good night’s rest. Stop checking emails, doing house chores or anything that requires mental stimulation, and just relax during the last hour before bed. The light from your phone, computer and tv can suppress your body’s release of melatonin – a hormone that is essential to helping you fall (and stay) asleep. Whether it’s a taking a bath, drinking tea or reading, you’ll want to give your eyes a rest. This will help your body wind down and get yourself prepared for sleep. Adhering to the same bedtime every night will help you get in tune with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle and stick to a more regular sleep schedule.
5) Healthy snacking. Let’s say you’re at work and 3:00 pm rolls around, and you find yourself craving a sugary snack. Resist the temptation! Sugary and fatty foods might give you a temporary energy boost, but it will quickly lead to a blood sugar disaster that will suck all of your energy. Carrying healthy snacks like Greek yogurt, fruit, a boiled egg or nuts are the perfect treats to ease your hunger pangs.
6) Set clear goals. Ask yourself, what do you want to accomplish and what is the deadline for you to reach that goal? Be very specific as to what qualifies as success. For example, no junk food after 8:00 pm, or begin every day with an 8 oz glass of water by 9:00 am. Remember, a deadline should only be a target for you to reach, so never give up on your goal if you haven’t reached it by your deadline. If you’re having trouble, figure out what is and isn’t working and revise your plan with a new timeline. The most important thing here is to keep a consistent effort in your pursuit to reach your goal.
7) Establish meaningful connections. Mental and emotional health is just as important as your physical health. Although our phones and social media allows us to virtually connect with friends, family, and even strangers all over the world, nothing replaces real-life with a real conversation, smiles, and laughter. Our brains are naturally wired to connect with others. Loneliness can cripple your immune system and set the stage for a variety of chronic illnesses. Spending time with friends and family boosts your happiness and overall health. Make sure you set time aside each week to continue relationships with your loved ones.
8) Get out of your head. We know this is so much easier said than done. Even if you’re not an overthinker, you have probably spent an unnecessary amount of time analyzing information and thinking about all kinds of problems and possible outcomes, even ones that will probably never happen. Being inside your head leads to an overload of information and mental fatigue. It can even cause depression and anxiety. Try to let go of your worries and get in touch with your body. Refresh your mind by going for a run, reading, doing crafts or anything that involves working with your hands. It’s such an effective way to get out of your head. Pick up a hobby you’ve always wanted to do – and go for it!
9) Enhance your life with a wellness treatment. Not everyone has the time or can afford to go to the spa every week, so why not give yourself an at-home spa experience? Something as simple as giving your body sugar scrub, slapping on a DIY face mask, or even treating yourself to a relaxing bubble bath can give you the same effect as a going to the spa.
10) Reward yourself. After you’ve completed a goal, figure out a way to reward yourself! Maybe you’ll treat yourself to a shopping splurge, a relaxing massage or just dance around the house to your favorite song. Be sure to steer clear of food rewards, since this approach is counterproductive.
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