Does the idea of getting healthy make you want to throw your head back and groan? Look we get it, you want to live better, but you don’t want to spend hours doing intense cardio and meal prepping. Luckily, we’re not asking you to.
Getting healthy doesn’t have to be crazy complicated. Here are four simple habits you can adopt and start living better today!
Drink more water
How much water are you drinking throughout the day? We’re talking good ol’ H2O, not coffee or soda pop here people. While you may think you’re drinking enough, most of us fall drastically short of our recommended amount of eight 8-ounce glasses.
The body uses water in a multitude of ways; to lubricate joints, nourish the brain, and regulate temperature. When we don’t properly hydrate ourselves, our bodies have to work harder to compensate which can result in dizziness, headaches, or irritability. Drinking more ensures your body is working at its best, making you feel more alert and energized.
Our advice - Give yourself a fun incentive by purchasing a nifty new water bottle and track your daily intake through a fitness app. Seeing your progress will make you feel motivated and stay committed.
Portion your food
In a culture of out of control serving sizes, are you aware of how much you’re really eating? It’s important to nourish our bodies without going overboard, but how can you tell how much is too much? Give yourself some clarity by carefully reading the labels on the back of your food, paying close attention to the serving size.
A box of salty potato chips may only have 120 calories per serving, but the serving size is limited to 8 chips. Becoming aware of these things will keep you informed and help you make better choices long term.
Our advice - Invest in a kitchen food scale. Being able to weigh your food allows you to know exactly how much you’re consuming and dictate proper portion sizes, especially for meat! You can also ensure your recipes are on point by carefully measuring your ingredients on the scale beforehand. Clarity and multi-functionality? Win-win!
Get more Zzzz’s
If you want to begin living better you’ll need to start by getting more sleep. Quality rest can help you burn more calories, recharge your brain, and keep you from the temptation of late night snacking. In fact, hitting the sack can help you stay focused throughout the day and increase your chances of losing weight.
While most Americans average around less than 6 hours of sleep per night, The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends about 7-9 hours of shut eye.
Our advice - Don’t bring technology to bed with you. Most of us make the mistake of getting on our smartphones right before fall asleep, keeping us awake for an extra hour. Make a conscious decision to leave your phone in another room, or place it somewhere that doesn’t tempt you to reach for it.
If you we’re hoping to get through this list without having to get off your couch, you’re kindly mistaken. While we’re not asking you bust out into burpees, taking time out of your day to be active is important. Not only does regular exercise decrease your chance of diabetes and heart disease, breaking a sweat can increase energy and stamina throughout your day.
Our advice - Ditch the treadmill and take up a new activity such as biking or yoga. Switching up your routine will help you look forward to your workouts by giving you a broader variety.
It’s also important not to discount other things such as cleaning or yard work. Anything that gets you moving and helps you break a sweat counts!
You don’t need to go all biggest loser when trying to get healthy. Instead, these four simple changes can help you jumpstart a healthy lifestyle and have you feeling better in no time!
Which tip are you most likely to adopt into your daily routine?