12 Small Healthy Habits to do Everyday
Making a healthy lifestyle change can be overwhelming and intimidating. There is so much information, and there’s often not just one habit you want to improve.
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It’s no wonder people throw in the towel before their habits have a chance to change! I say it all the time, it’s consistency that’s key. For real results, your new actions have to become habits.
Still, you can’t upend your every bad habit and expect to not go crazy! Making small changes, and getting comfortable with them before tackling the next one, is more realistic. Plus, you’ll be more likely to stick with them until they are second nature.
Here are a few healthy nutrition and habits to start with.
Make breakfast a priority.
Eat something simple each morning (banana, string cheese with almonds, yogurt, or breakfast bars are just a few ideas)
Make your own lunch.
Aim to bring your own 3 days a week and make it the night before so it’s ready to go. A sandwich or wrap with canned soup, apple or yogurt are inexpensive and simple to make.
Drink more water.
Use a designated water tumbler that holds at least 16oz, and keep it full and near you throughout the day. My favorite is the Kleen Kanteen Tumbler Cup Drink a full tumbler with each meal. Replace other drinks (soda, juice, energy drinks) with water.
More greens/less filler
Opt for the salad or fruit/veggies instead of fries/chips as a side when ordering out.
Fight fatigue with healthy snacks
Be prepared for afternoon energy slumps with nuts, string cheese or fruit. Keep a stash in your desk, at home, or in the car so they are always within reach.
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Adjust your coffee order
If you drink coffee, drink COFFEE. Avoid the sweet coffee drinks you don’t know the ingredients of. Many contain over 400 calories and more sugar than you should have in a day!
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Change up Happy Hour
Meet your friends for a post-work walk, coffee or window shopping instead of a happy hour of drinks and apps.
Stand up throughout your day
Listen to your Apple Watch or Fitbit when it reminds you to stand. Or, set an alarm for every hour. Take a lap, or do a few calf raises, to get the blood flowing to your muscles. No amount of exercise will make up for sitting for hours on end!
Choose the stairs
Take the stairs whenever feasible (i.e. not carrying luggage or going to the 85th floor!)
Turn family time into a daily walk
Take a walk with your spouse and/or kids to catch up on their day.
Build in extra steps to your day
Choose a further parking spot than you normally would, everywhere you park.
Stretch or do tiny exercises when you’re waiting
Do calf raises or squats while brushing your teeth, drying your hair, standing in line, waiting for the microwave, etc. I do this all the time, it’s not that crazy!
Try to add 1-2 of these ideas at a time. And, most of all, keep in mind that it’s about progress and not perfection. Habits take time to form and just because you indulge one day, doesn’t mean you’re a lost cause.
Treats have a place in a healthy lifestyle, just not a place in every meal. Remind yourself WHY you’re making these changes and know it’s not always about making the BEST choice, but the BETTER choice!
Changing a habit is not quick, but with repetition you can adjust your routine. Health Coaching focuses on behavior change, and getting you closer to your ideal life. Want help staying on track, or need someone in your corner when you slip? Shoot me an email at Samantha@simplywellcoaching.com to set up a FREE 20 minute Discovery Call!
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