10 Simple Healthy Habits To Adopt Today

  1. Eat A Good Breakfast                                                                                                             Upon waking, your body has not consumed any food for several hours, which means it is in a fasted state. The first meal of the day breaks the fast, so it is clear to see how the word breakfast originated. Consuming essential nutrients with your first meal is important to help get your mind and body functioning efficiently for your daily tasks. Try to consume a good balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates for optimal energy and to keep you full until your next snack or lunchtime.
  2. Eat Nutrient Dense Food                                                                                        Remember Popeye? After eating a can of spinach he had the strength to do pretty much anything. While the popular cartoon might have exaggerated some of  spinach’s abilities, the creators of Popeye definitely provided a good message to their viewers. Vitamins and minerals play a huge role in our mood, bodily functions and overall health. Eating enough nutrient dense foods, such as fruits and vegetables, will keep you feeling and looking your best, as well as your body performing efficiently.
  3. Express Gratitude                                                                                                                  Due to the chaos of daily life, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and stressed out. Taking time each day to count your blessings, and to be thankful for what you do have, can help keep things in perspective.  I like to keep a gratitude journal, which is a great way to keep track and review your gratitudes daily.
  4. Get Your Steps In                                                                                                                                    There are many ways to meet your daily activity goals without much effort or time. Every bit of daily activity adds up. Instead of the elevator, take the stairs. Enjoy a family walk instead of watching TV. Park farther away from the store. Walk to check your mail box. An active lifestyle is not just going the gym, it’s making a conscious effort to get more physical activity throughout your daily duties.
  5. Go Outside                                                                                                                            Being inside is often associated with sedentary activities such as watching television, or playing video games. However, when I think of being outside, activities such as playing catch, taking a walk, or riding a bike are just a few things that come to mind. Spending time outside also helps with feelings of depression and anxiety due to the extra boost of vitamin D, endorphins, and the break from electronics and other urban stimuli.
  6. Drink More Water                                                                                                                   It’s easy for many people to drink a few sodas everyday, but somehow very difficult to drink their daily water requirements. The average person should consume eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, or up to a gallon. Athletes, people with a physical job, or those who spend a lot of time outside may possibly need more. Drinking enough water helps with digestion, improves energy, boosts your mood, and because the average human is 60% water, it is essential survival. If drinking enough water is hard because there is no flavor, try adding in your favorite fruit for an extra boost of Vitamin C.
  7. Cut Caffeine Several Hours Before Bedtime                                                           Caffeine stays in your system on average between 4-6 hours. Even if you can fall asleep after drinking caffeine, it will still be in your system which will affect your quality of sleep. To optimize your sleep and wake up feeling well rested, try to stop drinking caffeine several hours before you plan on going to bed.
  8. Give Time to God/Your Spirituality                                                                       Everyday I make a point to say a prayer, and talk to God. Several times a week I prioritize taking time to read some of my Bible. It’s important to spend time each day with God, or reflecting on your own spiritual beliefs to grow in your faith and as a person. No matter how I might be feeling that day, after I spend sometime with God, I always feel much calmer and ready to take on whatever life throws at me that day. If you’re a Christian like me, to get in the habit of practicing your faith everyday I highly recommend the book 3-Minute Devotions For Women. 
  9. Make Your Exercise Routine A Priority                                                                         Your health is nobody’s responsibility but your own. No one else is going to make your exercise routine a priority but yourself.  Write down in your planner the days you will be going to the gym that week, as well as the time, and schedule anything else that may come up around your gym dates. Would you cancel the lunch date with your friend you scheduled last week? More than likely, you wouldn’t. So don’t cancel on yourself, because you are a priority and your health is important!
  10. Be Kind To Yourself                                                                                                               It’s a simple fact of life that not everyday is going to be a good day.  Life isn’t about perfection, life is about effort. If you give your best effort every single day, you will have no room to feel discouraged with yourself. I will be the first to say, that some days you may have more effort to give than others, and that’s okay! It’s easy to get caught up in thinking about what we didn’t do, or what didn’t get done, instead of thinking about what we did do and what we did get done. Speaking kindly to yourself and having realistic expectations for your time and energy is a great way to start feeling healthier both mentally and physically

 

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