Although making changes to your lifestyle can feel daunting and time-consuming, it doesn’t have to be that way! Being healthy is much more attainable than you think. For one, you can start by incorporating simple, practical and healthy practices in your day-to-day life.
Sometimes all it takes is a small shift in your habits to make a big change, and we’ve compiled some of these easy tips to help you get started.
Eat a good breakfast.
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Some of you may consider a cup of coffee as breakfast (reminder: it’s not breakfast), but with such an array of healthy and tasty foods out there, try switching things up for a more healthy option.
If time is an issue, consider prepping your breakfasts the night before. Overnight oats are quick and easy—and you can even make a batch for the whole week! Combine ½ cup rolled oats, ½ cup coconut milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp slivered almonds, 1 tsp vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon in a mason jar. Mix ingredients and let sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, quickly add some fresh raspberries and blueberries on top and you’re good to go! A healthy morning meal like this will give you the energy you need for the day. If all else fails, grab a piece of fruit or a whole grain slice of toast with nut butter.
Drink more water.
Our bodies need water to function. You know this and we know this, but sometimes we still forget to drink enough of this good stuff every day. In a temperate climate, women need around 9 cups of water a day while men need around 13 cups to stay healthy and hydrated. Keep a water bottle in your Punchdrunk Panda backpack as a reminder to get those fluids! At your desk, grab a cute water bottle to encourage you to drink throughout the day.
Stand up and move it!
Get your body moving every once in a while during the day! This is especially important if you’re at a desk for hours at a time. You need to take a break and get your muscles moving to boost blood circulation and give your body a jolt of energy. This will help reenergize you during those long workday lulls and will keep you healthy in the long run—sitting is the new smoking they say.
Pack snacks, fruit snacks.
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Packing snacks is a good way to avoid the quick, convenient draw of the vending machine—especially when you pack something healthy. So instead of grabbing a pastry at the coffee shop or buying a pack of chips, throw a few pieces of fruit (apples, oranges, a bag of cherries or blueberries) into your tote bag to ensure that you get a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals while preventing a grumbling tummy.
Drink tea or munch on some nuts.
Add a little variety to your snack menu by adding some nuts and real tea to the mix. Nuts like almonds, pistachios and sunflower seeds have the highest amount of protein compared to saturated fat—6g protein per 1-oz. serving! Incorporate green tea into your diet as well, as it helps reduce the risk for heart disease, cancer and diabetes—it's also great iced.
Choose red wine over other alcoholic drinks.
If you can’t go cold turkey on the alcohol, try a glass of red wine versus your favorite sugary drink. When taken in moderation, red wine can have a positive effect on your health—it can reportedly lower blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease, too.
Skip the soda.
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Soda isn’t exactly healthy—it contains high levels of sugar (one can of Coca Cola has 39g!) and definitely doesn’t help with weight loss, even the “diet” kind. Instead, reach for a cold glass of water. If you absolutely need the flavor, consider steeping your favorite tea and cooling it in the fridge overnight or opt for a fresh-squeezed fruit juice.
Cut down on processed food.
Processed food is any food that’s been changed from its natural state. These types of food usually come in a box, jar or can and may contain more salt, sugar or fat than you think—which can throw a wrench in your healthy eating plan. Opt for veggies and fruits and other foods that are fresh and natural.
Follow a healthy routine before going to sleep.
Create a “clean up” ritual before hitting the sack. Wash your face to get rid of the day’s dirt and let your skin breathe, then apply some moisturizer to your face and neck to rejuvenate your skin while you sleep. And of course, brush your teeth and floss. If you can manage, power down your devices before you hit the hay too—it can help you sleep better.
Get enough sleep.
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, our bodies need adequate amounts of sleep to recuperate. If we aren’t well rested, it’s more difficult to make healthy choices! Young adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night—so make sure you're catching enough z's!
Get active with your friends.
The next time you and your gal pals plan a girl’s night-in or a salon day, suggest something active instead. Maybe you can go dancing or attend a yoga session. It’s always more fun to work out with friends!
Smile more often.
It may seem silly, but putting on a genuine smile can help put you (and others!) into a good mood. And if you’re happy, you’re more likely to follow through on these health tips!
See, being healthy isn’t so hard if you start small and approach it with a positive attitude. Start following these tips today and you’ll be on your way to a better and healthier you.
What other tips do you have that can help ease any person into the healthy path? Let’s help each other out by sharing tips or your own experience in the comments!