Happy New Year! Of course with the New Year comes the desire for a new self, or at least a better one than last year. Like many others this time of the year, I found myself feeling motivated to improve my everyday life. I don’t want to try to commit myself to an extensive workout regimen right out of the gates because let’s be honest, I’ll crash and burn. Instead, I want to gradually add things to my everyday life so that I’m not overwhelmed (or overworked) by slowly introducing healthy habits into my life little by little. I compiled a list of some everyday habits you can introduce into your life for a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Drink more water
I know, you’ve probably heard this before. About a thousand times, but I can’t stress this enough. I am personally guilty of forgetting to drink enough water throughout the day. I have a sweet tooth and a love for coffee and so I much prefer my favorite sugary coffee drink to the healthier alternative, plain old water. That being said, our bodies need water to survive. Drinking a glass of water will not only hydrate you but will help you feel more full so you don’t overeat.
I like to keep a water bottle next to my desk and I try to drink at least 2-3 bottles full of water every day. Don’t forget that there are fruits and veggies that can be hydrating as well!
Get up and move
Like many of you with office jobs, we end up spending most of our days sitting in a chair at a desk which doesn’t allow for a lot of physical activity. Not to mention the last thing I want to do when I get home after a long day of work is head on over to the gym and spend an hour working out. However, we need to exercise in order to stay healthy, in shape, and overall just to feel better inside and out. Every hour I like to get up, even if only for a few minutes, and walk around or do a few stretches. I also like to take at least a 30-minute walk every day, this has actually become a fun and pleasant way to spend time with my husband after work.
In the past, I’ve overwhelmed myself with an intense workout regimen at the gym which of course wouldn’t last very long because it was miserable and I overworked myself. It’s better to start small and work your way up, taking a walk outside every day also helps expose you to that fresh air we may or may not forget we actually need to stay healthy!
Prepare meals in advance
I can’t count how many times my husband and I have come home from work and felt way too lazy to actually spend the time cooking a healthy meal, so we end up ordering something instead. I’ve found that the best way to avoid this is by preparing meals in advance. We cook the majority of our meals at the beginning of the week in bulk, put them in tupperware, and then stick them in the fridge or the freezer. This way if you’re too tired to prepare a full meal at the end of the day you can just heat up a pre-made one!
Flossing is kind of important
This is one of those things that I always seem to forget to do or think to myself “Nah, I’m tired I’ll do it tomorrow” and I know I’m not alone in this! I once had a dentist say to me “If people would just floss every day, they would have no need for a dentist”. Now, whether that’s true or not is debatable but what he said resonated with me. It’s something that’s so simple, takes maybe two minutes, and in the long run is totally worth it! Maybe we should do our teeth a favor and stop making excuses not to floss.
Cut back on the sugar
I am one of those people who has a serious sweet tooth. I mean the struggle is real, people. I HAVE to have something sweet for breakfast every morning otherwise I get crabby. I’ve realized this has to change.
Over the last few months I’ve been researching nutrition and looking at the positives and negatives that come with the food I usually eat. Sugar is probably one of the worst things you can put in your body. Not only is it bad for your teeth, but it can actually cause liver problems. There is zero nutritious value to eating sugar, it can lead to diabetes and heart disease and puts you at a higher risk of getting cancer. It’s also very addictive. Needless to say, as much as I love my sweets I also value my health so cutting back on my sugar intake is going to be a big priority.
Get those Zzz’s
As much as we might like to pretend we don’t need sleep, we really DO need sleep. Sleep allows our bodies to heal and allows us to be more energized and productive when we’re awake. Lack of sleep can actually lead to serious health issues like heart disease and strokes. Around 8 hours of sleep is best for most adults.
My biggest struggle regarding my sleep schedule is actually falling asleep in a timely manner. My mind for some reason decides to go over, in detail, every single thing I need to get done for the next month. I’ve become pretty determined to master a bed time routine that gives my brain some time to relax.
Be nice to yourself
I am probably harder on myself than anyone else could be. I’m constantly second guessing myself or thinking negatively about my appearance or how I handle certain situations. This past year I finally got tired of listening to that nasty inner voice. So what if my hair isn’t perfect? So what if I made a mistake? I don’t need to look perfect all the time and I’m going to continue to make mistakes because I’m human.
All that matters at the end of the day is that you were a good person, and you feel like you learned something. Be the positive voice you need to hear. You can be your biggest supporter or your worst enemy. Both options are going to affect your life but only one of them will be in a positive way.
Try to laugh a little more!
Tell us about your favorite daily health routines, we’d love to hear about them! Until next time.
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