It’s that time of year when you want to set a goal to live healthier. Whether you want to lose some inches for a beach vacation, wedding, or class reunion, you know you need to get your head in the game to achieve these goals.
However, since you haven’t been living the healthiest recently you don’t know exactly where to start and panic because you don’t know any easy ways to get healthy this year. But wait! Don’t stress about starting this new lifestyle because I have got you covered, my friend! (:
As a fellow New Year’s resolutioner (I think I just made up a word…?) I also have decided to work towards improving my lifestyle and eating habits. Since the end of August (around the time I left home to live in Indiana for my engineering co-op) I stopped working out altogether. I think I might have done yoga for a solid two weeks, then wanted to sleep in the extra half hour so I stopped. I have always eaten on the healthier side, since I was raised that way, with lots of veggies and protein, but your diet can only get you so far when you don’t exercise.
After the holidays were over, I felt like crap from eating a whole lot of baked goods and bread (because let’s be honest here…who can just have one sugar cookie or one slice of bread?). I then vowed to myself that I would take my health more seriously and become more conscious of what I put in my body. One night, Cory and I were talking about how we needed to get back into working out, to which I asked when he was going to start working out.
His response: “When you do.” When I said I would start that Monday, he agreed that he would too.
So here I am, drinking my tea instead of Coke zero working hard to live up to my end of the deal. What else am I doing to stay healthy, you ask? Well these simple and easy ways to get healthy are always on my mind!
1. Water Water Water
I have this posted as number one because I think it is the most important rule in getting and staying healthy. When your body is about 60% water, we need to make sure we replenish what we use throughout the day. I always have a bottle of water that I carry around the house to remind myself to drink throughout the day. If you want something to spruce up your plain water, you can always add fruit to your water or squeeze a little lemon juice into your cup.
Vitamins always make me feel better when I take them on a regular basis. It’s so easy to get a multivitamin that contains all the nutrients you need that you might not get in your daily diet. I also make sure I take vitamin B regularly to give me energy throughout the day. During cold season, I take vitamin C like nobody’s business because I refuse to get sick! I am a huge fan of Emergen-C packets because you just have drink one packet with water a day and you’re good to go!
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3. Get moving
Even if it’s just a 20 minute walk each day, get your butt off the couch! For me, the only way I will workout is if I hit the gym in the morning and get it over with. If I wait until after school or work I will be too tired from the day and will come up with any excuse not to workout.
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4. Eat more slowly
I’m working on this too because I eat so fast that I’m usually waiting at least 5 minutes for the rest of the table to finish. Eating quickly doesn’t allow our brain to have adequate time to determine whether we are full or not, leading us to eat more. When we eat more slowly, we allow our brains to have time to process how much we have actually eaten and whether or not we are truly full.
5. Read labels to make sure you know what you’re eating
It’s always important to know what you are eating, whether you are concerned about the amount of protein, fiber, sugar, etc. I always make sure to avoid processed foods, hydrogenated oils, and artificial sweeteners (when I can…because I have a hard time removing Coke zero from my diet completely).
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6. Don’t skip breakfast
They don’t call it the most important meal of the day for nothin’! Missing a meal can cause your body to think you are starving it–which leads to slower metabolism. When you eat breakfast, you are starting the day with a better metabolism rate, which will help you burn more calories throughout the day!
7. Drink your veggies
I have become a little obsessed with juicing in the mornings over the past couple weeks. I bought my parents a NutriNinja blender for Christmas and we have been using it like crazy. I often forget to eat the proper amount of vegetables a day, so chugging a glass in the morning not only gets some greens in, but starts the day off right! I usually just throw some spinach, carrots, an apple, and a little bit of coconut water to sweeten it up!
8. Don’t keep junk food in the house
Whenever I have junk food on hand I always eat it. Keep it out of sight, out of mind so you won’t be tempted to have “just one chip.” I don’t even bother with the whole idea of hiding food in your house, because since you know where it is, you’ll go grab it when you have a terrible craving.
9. Pack your lunch instead of buying
I always pack my lunch for several reasons. First, I am able to pack food that I know I like and will want to eat at lunchtime. Second, I know exactly what is in my food and how healthy it is for me. Just because the salad bar has grilled chicken, doesn’t mean they didn’t cook it in a vat of butter.
10. Never miss a Monday
Another common statement, but it’s so incredibly true! Whenever I start my week with a workout, it sets the tone for a great week. However, if I skip a Monday workout sesh, the chance of me skipping another workout has just increased tenfold.
Is being healthy one of your goals for this year? What do you do to stay healthy/fit?