Let’s face it. It’s not always easy to stay healthy. In this world of convenience (assuming you’re in the U.S.), we sometimes grab and go when it comes to our health. Grab a burger on the way home from work, grab a coffee and an energy bar on the way into work, make quick PB&J for the kids when they come home from school; And forget about exercise! Who has time for that?! Well, just as you have bad habits, you can have good habits. You just need to switch up what you’re doing! Some may need to just change a thing or two, others may need a whole overhaul. Depending on how far you are into the realm of unhealthy habits, you will need to come up with a plan; A simple switch up if you’re not that bad. Or a complete life redo if you’re just completely unhealthy. Wherever you are, it’s not too late!
Start with one or two new habits at a time.
If you need to drink more water, set the goal of drink 8 glasses per day; Or a gallon! You choose how extreme you want to go. How serious are you about changing your health? If you’re a late-night snacker, try cutting off the time when you stop eating at night to 8 PM. Don’t eat late at night and you could get rid of that muffin top a little quicker. Or maybe you want to start one new eating habit and one new exercise habit at once. Try incorporating two servings of vegetables per day and 30 minutes of walking three times per week to start. Start small and build yourself up once you get comfortable. You don’t want to set yourself up for failure. You’re going for long term life changes, not quick fixes.
When you set your goals, stick to them! Don’t look at these new habits as chores or as restrictions. Look at them as new habits that will change your life for the better! Also, keep in mind, your ‘whys’. Why do you want to get healthy? Why are you incorporating these healthy habits into your life? Is it to have the body you’ve always wanted? Is it so that you can be around for your family for years to come? Maybe you want more energy. Whatever it is, put your finger on it and don’t forget it! This will be your motivation when you don’t want to go running, when you want to have cookies at night, or when you’re sick of drinking water.
If you don’t already have someone pushing you, find someone you know who you can tell about your health goals and check in with them regularly. Or maybe they’d like to get healthy with you! Whether it’s your spouse, a child, a sibling or a coworker, tell someone your plans to get healthy. Not only will you create accountability, but hopefully that person will also support you in your endeavor to create healthy habits that will change your life.
Change your mind.
Yes, diet and exercise are important, but your mind is too! When you think about getting healthy, reading and other mental exercises probably aren’t first on your radar. But when you change your mind, your habits will follow! Make it a habit to read for at least 30 minutes per day. Even if you don’t like reading, do it. Discipline yourself to do things that are uncomfortable but are good for you! Find good self-help titles that are going to give you a go-getter mindset. Cultivating success starts mentally first. Sudoku, crossword puzzles and word searches are also good tasks to incorporate into your daily routine to sharpen your mental state. Another good way to increase your mental function and focus is to listen to brain-wave music or classical music. If you have the time and resources, even take a class of some sort. Creative writing, dance, painting, pottery. There is an endless number of classes you can take to sharpen your mental state, even to get exercise. Google what classes you can take in your area or online, whichever you want to do.
All in all, I believe we all want to be healthier. I think some of us just don’t know how to. But there are so many resources to help you get started. You just have to look! Are you actively pursuing a healthier life? Here are some healthy new habits to start today:
Walk 30 minutes per day
Floss before bed
Meditate for 10 minutes in the morning
Eat 3 servings of vegetables per day
Drink 8 glasses of water per day
Stop eating at 8 PM
Sit under a sun lamp for 20 minutes per day (In Winter)
Only allow yourself one sugary snack per week
Stretch your whole body in the morning
Cut out all sugary drinks
Moisturize the whole body after shower with olive or coconut oil
What new healthy habit are you going to start today?