Do you ever feel overwhelmed trying to accomplish a healthy goal?
Like everything is spiralizing out of control and you don’t even know where to begin.
You start to feel unmotivated and wonder why you even bother to try and get healthy.
Well I’m here to remind you that getting healthy is not something that happens overnight.
For most of us developing a healthier lifestyle takes months or even years to accomplish.
Everyone agrees that looking and feeling healthy is good.
It boosts your health and wellbeing and improves your life satisfaction.
I’m a huge believer that small changes can add up over time to be huge accomplishments.
There were many choices I made during my journey to become healthier that were small but benefited me the most over time.
It’s not easy to stick to a healthy diet everyday, but there are lots of other things you can do to create a healthier lifestyle.
Today I want to share a list of simple tips that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Exercise: It does not have to be boring or extreme, even something as simple as walking 10,000 steps per day is effective.
- Try a new health challenge. For example the 30- day Abs challenge. Look on Pinterest or Google for ideas.
- Aim to get 10,000 steps per day. This can be accomplished by walking, running, jogging or even bouncing on an exercise ball.
- Set a timer and walk up and down the stairs for 15 minutes, this will increase your heart rate and challenge your leg muscle strength.
- Go for a 15 minute walk in the morning before eating breakfast.
- Weigh in once a week, doing this first thing in the morning will give you your lowest number.
- Each week reflect on your successes and where you could work a bit harder.
Meal Planning: Your diet is the most important part to developing a healthier lifestyle. Having healthy meals planned out makes it easier to stick to your diet.
- Shop for health food that is on sale, the more healthy items you can get for your money the better.
- Buy as much produce as you can afford, the more fresh foods in your diet the better.
- Choose a colorful range of fruits and vegetables and herbs for salads and stir fry’s.
- Clean and chop your vegetables ahead of time, if you plan on making any salads or stir fry’s this will cut time in half!
- Cut back on processed foods and sweets, read labels to make sure you understand what’s in the food.
- Try to include vegetables with every meal: spinach and banana smoothies, salads, stir fry’s, fajitas, peppers and hummus for snack.
Hydration: What you drink is a huge player in your success towards your health goals. Focus on increasing water and decreasing sugary drinks.
- Drink a glass of water in the morning before breakfast to help with digestion.
- Drink a glass of water before meals to help digest food and increase feeling full.
- You know yoour drinking enough water when your urine stays a light yellow color.
- Add slices of fresh lemon, fresh fruit or herbs to flavor your water and detox your body.
- Try mixing up an apple cider vinegar drink for a morning or late afternoon detox.
Sleep: Getting the right amount of sleep is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. If your body is stressed from being overworked then that’s not creating a healthy environment.
- Establish a bedtime routine, that way you slowly shut down for the night and are able to relax.
- Plan the night before, set out your clothes, pack your lunch, plan your day. That way you have some extra time for sleep.
- Ditch these habits: scrolling through social media before bed, leaving the TV on or having a light on. These effect your ability to get into a deep sleep.
Self- Care: Face it, if your not in the right mind set to take action and improve your overall health and wellbeing it’s not going to happen for you! You have to work on balancing all the pieces of your puzzle in order to feel whole and rejuvenated.
- Deal with stressors positively by practicing deep breathing techniques. The 4-7-8 technique has been very helpful for me: breathe out 4 counts, breathe in 7 counts, then hold for 8 counts, repeat.
- Take more responsibility for things, did something not go as planned, how did you play a part in that? Not putting the blame on others puts you in control and when your in control you can take charge of things more effectively.
- Increase positivity in all aspects of your life, listen to positive music, interact positively with others and keep positive friends on social media.
- Identify what your grateful for, take 1-2 minutes in the morning to think of the things you are grateful, even better start a gratitude journal.
Although diet and exercise are crucial factors in developing a healthier lifestyle.
You’re more likely to be successful at reaching your heath goals if you focus on balancing all aspects of your life.
Reflect on areas of your life that you struggle with, find balance in those areas before trying to push your health to the next level.
What are your health goals for the next 3 months, what about within the next year?
What do you need in order to fulfill these goals?