Changing up your lifestyle can be hard. We all want to get healthier, but some bad habits are harder to break than others. If some of your pain points include unhealthy eating, sedentariness, and working too hard without taking care of yourself, it can be hard to break out and live life the way you want to.
One of the best ways to get healthier is by replacing some of your “bad” daily habits with good ones that help move you closer to your goals. Instilling healthy habits into your daily routine will let you improve every single day, sometimes without even realizing it.
They say it takes thirty days to make something a habit, so we’re challenging you to take the next thirty days to check all of these daily tasks off of your to-do list and get closer to living the healthy life you’ve always wanted!
Many of us aren’t naturally early birds but getting up early every morning can really set the tone for the rest of the day. When you have a goal in mind, the best way to start your day is proactively. Set an alarm for earlier than you normally would and refrain from hitting that snooze button!
If you have a hard time getting up in the morning, try putting your alarm on the other side of your room or make an early workout plan with an enthusiastic accountability partner.
That said, don’t forget that sleep plays a crucial role in keeping you healthy. If you find that you just aren’t getting enough sleep, power down the electronics and turn off the lights a little earlier every night until you can drift off at a reasonable bedtime.
When you’re trying to get healthier, having a game plan is critical. You’ll be control more of your day and all the factors that play into it, and having a meal prep plan is no exception.
Ideally, you would have already made your meals ahead of time and have everything ready to go. Run through your menu for the day and then try to think of any obstacles that could come up that could get in its way – for example, work potlucks, drinks with friends, or afternoon hunger are all common roadblocks. Make a plan to follow through with your meal prep, then make a Plan B just in case things go sideways.
If you want to make things even easier on yourself, consider looking into a meal prep delivery service. You’ll spend less time shopping and cooking so you can focus more on your other healthy habits.
Since we live increasingly sedentary lives, it’s important that we get into the habit of making time for physical activity. This is especially important when you have a more sedentary job that doesn’t require much movement – working from home, anyone?
Try to move your body every single day. Whether that entails a great workout at the gym or an evening walk after work, don’t let the day close without having done something.
An easy way to start if you’re new to working out is to aim to get 10,000 steps every day. If that seems like too much for you right now, aim to get 1,000 more steps than you have been recently and slowly increase it until you hit that 10,000 step mark.
Snacks are an often-overlooked component of a healthy diet, and this can be true even when you begin meal prepping. You may have all of your main meals already planned out, but what happens when hunger inevitably strikes midday?
Keep plenty of healthy snacks around you, and portion them out as part of your meal prepping routine to avoid overindulging.
Getting outside more can go hand in hand with your goals. Spending a little bit of time outdoors whenever the weather allows can help you boost your mood, tear you away from those screens, and give you quiet time for reflection.
Even better, spending more time outside can help you boost your physical activity! On the days that you can’t get in a full workout, you can set aside a short period of time (even just ten minutes will work) to take a walk around the block or the local park. All that fresh air and sunshine will work wonders for both your physical and your mental well-being.
When you take it one day at a time, getting healthy doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process. Make things easier for yourself by breaking it down to daily tasks, and soon you’ll find that you’re living a much healthier lifestyle!
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