10 Healthy Habits To Start Now
Getting and staying healthy doesn’t have to start with one huge transformation. Healthier living can be achieved simply with small changes to your life. The best part is that your body and mind will feel better as you add each of these habits to your lifestyle. You’ll feel stronger and more vibrant. So, what are you waiting for? Implementing even a few of our 10 healthy habits can help you feel better during your everyday life.
Easy changes, big results.
1. Take 10k Steps
Wear a pedometer or fitness tracker and aim to get more steps each day. If you have trouble finding time to get in your daily step goal, take an exercise break during your workday. You’ll be amazed at how energized you feel after a walk on your lunch break.
2. Drink 8 Glasses Of Water
Yes, drinking water is THAT important! Drinking the right amount of water will help flush out toxins, keep your body temperature regulated and can even help you lose weight. Fill a glass of water and put it on your nightstand before bed. When you wake up, drain that glass to get a good start on your day. If you have trouble drinking unflavored water, consider a healthy flavoring choice like fruit infusions or a splash of juice.
3. Cut Back On Screen Time
This healthy habit will help your mental health, improve sleep, and might even have a positive effect on your family relationships. Research shows the average person spends four hours a day on their phone, and that doesn’t even account for laptops or our time streaming Netflix. Consider cutting out screen time an hour before bed or limiting how much time you spend scrolling through social media each day.
4. Go To Bed 10 Minutes Earlier
Most of us are seriously lacking in the sleep department. Tonight, get into bed just ten minutes earlier than usual. Then, tomorrow night, add ten minutes more. Follow this plan until you’re getting the amount of sleep you need. (Adding ten minutes at a time means you’re less likely to “feel it” and spend time tossing and turning) If you’re having trouble nodding off, check out our tips for better sleep.
5. Be Mindful About Mindfulness
Mindfulness is about being truly present in the moment. Mindfulness is a great way to cope with moments of stress or anxiety, and two awesome ways to practice are meditation and expressing gratitude. If you’re just getting started with meditation, check out our tips for meditating.
Research shows that grateful people are happier people, so spend a little time each day reflecting on the good things in your life. If you feel like it will motivate you, go for an official gratitude journal – but you can also use any notebook you have lying around.
6. Add More Color To Your Diet
Try to include a fruit or vegetable in every meal. And did you know the color of fruits and veggies tells us which antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (natural chemicals) are contained within them? For a more healthful diet, you should eat the rainbow.
7. Floss Every Day
Turns out your dentist was right. We hope you’re already brushing twice a day, but don’t forget to floss! It’s about more than just avoiding cavities. According to the NHS, “Gum disease may increase your risk of all kinds of other health complications, including stroke, diabetes and heart disease. Gum disease has even been linked with problems in pregnancy and dementia.”
8. Fix Your Posture
Improving your posture can help you breathe better, improve digestion, increase flexibility and avoid injuries. Standing: tighten your abs, keep your shoulders back, put your weight on the balls of your feet and keep your feet shoulder-width apart. Sitting: relax your shoulders, keep your elbows in close to your body and make sure your back is supported. If your job requires that you sit for most of your day, make sure to check out Coach Andy’s tips to combat the effects of sitting.
9. Stand On One Foot
This is a super easy way to improve your balance. Stand on one foot whenever you find yourself standing around, like in line or while brushing your teeth. Start with ten seconds on one foot, then switch. Increasing your balance will prevent injury and help with everyday tasks.
10. Learn Something New
When it comes to fitness, maybe this means doing a virtual workout you’ve never tried or going on a bike ride instead of a run. But this tip can apply to more than fitness. What’s something you’ve always wanted to try? Whether you want to start a garden, learn a new language or cook a new healthy dish, challenging your mind and body by trying new things keeps us feeling vibrant and excited about life!