I know how daunting a healthier lifestyle can be, but it doesn’t have to be. Which is why I made a list of 10 small changes for a healthier lifestyle that hopefully can make it seem a whole lot easier.
1.) Drink Tea:
Go for herbal or fruit tea instead of soda or juices, most juices contain way too much sugar to be worth drinking, so instead replace those sugary drinks with tea. My favorites are Earl Grey, green, and raspberry.
2.) Breakfast is Important:
Never skip breakfast. There is truth in the saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” You’re body has been fasting for about 8hrs when you wake up, and so you need to fuel your body to take on the day.
3.) Sweat it Out a Little:
Workout at least 3x a week. Choose something fun, like yoga, dancing, jogging, or even involve a sport of some sort. I love going out and kicking the soccer ball around, and those are always the sessions I lose track of time and get my heart going. Choose something you wouldn’t rather chew glass than do.
4.) Get More Sleep:
Get your sleep. Sleep is necessary for your body to run properly in all aspects. So make sure to get no less than 7hrs, but try and aim for 8hrs. Also if you workout, go to bed earlier than normal, your body needs the extra sleep to recover fully.
5.) Listen to More Music:
Make a fantastic playlist. Spotify has a new feature on their mobile app for running, and they match the tempo of the music to your pace, and it’s cool. However, you can also just make a playlist, here’s my favorite workout playlist if you need some help. Plus even when you’re not working out, listening to music has been shown to brighten your mood.
Plus if you’re on the Nike+ Run Club app, you can set up different pace stations based on your favorite artists or genre of music.
6.) Get Flexible:
Start stretching. Stretching is super good for you. Since most of us spend a majority of our day sitting, it means a lot of our muscles can be/are super tight. So spend a few minutes every day stretching especially your hips.
7.) Quit Counting Calories:
Quit counting calories; they make it stressful… too stressful, and 1000x harder to live healthier in my opinion because when I try it, I end up feeling unable to eat how I want. When I occasionally track a week of eating it’s typically right where it needs to be. I recommend maybe eating regularly for a week and track, to see where you’re at when meeting/exceeding/not reaching your goal, and then adjust your diet if need be.
8.) Learn Balance:
Don’t limit or deny yourself of stuff, instead find a healthy balance. A piece of Chocolate fudge cake isn’t going to make you fat, but having just one salad isn’t going to make you lose those last 10lbs. It’s all about balance.
9.) Cut Back on Dairy:
Limit your dairy intake. Recent studies have shown that over-consuming dairy can lead to arthritis, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and diabetes. Granted, over-consuming anything may result in certain diseases and medical conditions.
10.) Take Time to Breathe:
Today we are constantly on a technological device or watching t.v, or something. It’s always good to take even just 15 minutes and take a break from it all. I like to either go outside, and take a nice walk, for 30 minutes, or if I’m super busy, I’ll just step away from my laptop/phone/whatever, and just relax for a couple of minutes.
11.) This is a Lifestyle Change, Not a Diet:
Remember that you’re changing your lifestyle, not doing a crash diet. By doing these small changes slowly, you can create habits that’ll last, not something you do for a week hoping to transform overnight completely.
What are some of your healthy tips?
I know I said ten tips, but I put an extra one in there. Plus the list could go on of small little changes we could use to live a little healthier, but the goal is to do small changes at a time, so we’re more likely to stick with them.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.