Making healthy changes to your life is hard. But, the key to a healthy lifestyle is adding up all of the little things that you do day in and day out. I’ve found that the easiest way to make change is to start little by little, instead of trying to make a shocking change.
Here are 5 habits that are easy to add into your day to make a step towards a better you:
- Drink a cup of water first thing when you wake up. Staying hydrated throughout the day is really hard! I usually make a cup of coffee right when I wake up, and find myself forgetting to drink water all morning. I’ve started trying to also drink a cup of water first thing in the morning to start my hydration. I also prefer room temp water early- it just doesn’t seem as harsh as drinking a glass of ice cold water!
- Incorporate walks into your day. Walking is an overlooked form of exercise, but is one of the easiest to do. I try to do at least a 10 minute walk before work, and take a 15-20 minute walk over lunch each day. Yes, I’ll also go home and run an hour, but there is still a ton of benefit in getting away from your desk and getting your heart rate up a little during the day. 30 minutes of walking 5 days a week can add up to 500 or more extra calories burned each week!
- Eat your vegetables. But really! Try to include a vegetable at every meal and eat the vegetables first. This not only helps add nutrients to your body, but may help you be fuller faster. If I’m going to eat pizza, I always have a big salad first. I still enjoy the pizza, but I end up eating far less than if that was all I ate.
- Eat while not staring at your phone. This is one I personally need to work on. I often start a meal, start scrolling, and all of a sudden my food is gone and I go back for more. I’ve been working on mindful eating and paying more attention to when I’m hungry and when I’m full. If you’re distracted by your phone it’s a lot harder to pay attention to if you’re actually still hungry or just mindlessly eating.
- Say an affirmation. When trying to be more healthy, we often focus on what we do wrong. “I shouldn’t have ate that.” “I should’ve exercised today.” “I could’ve done that better.” But we all are trying our best each given day, and part of self improvement is also focusing on what’s awesome about us. Pick something about yourself that you love each day and think about it. It feels a little strange and sometimes even hard, but that’s exactly why it’s a habit that needs to be practiced like any other!