I already talked about why you should be making your health a priority in the first place, but where do you start? By now, most of us know how important self-care is, but what about our physical health? Big changes don’t happen overnight and we’re so busy all the time that forming those habits is much easier said than done. So what can you do today that can get you healthier and on the right track, right now?
Don’t worry my fellow impatient friends! I’ve got a few ideas of where to start. But first, let me address one small thing. Health is more than just your weight. If you literally look up the definition of healthy right now, you won’t find a number or a size. So get that idea out of your mind. Like right now. Healthy means that you are free from disease/pain, are in a balanced mental/physical state, and flourishing. Nowhere in there do I see anything about a body type, clothing size or weight.If you look up the definition of healthy right now, you won't find a number or a size. Click To Tweet
And I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely not at my tip-top all day, every day. A big part of that is because of my diet and my overall health. If I eat nothing but junk for a few days, I start to feel like complete crap. I’m tired, cranky, constantly feel like I’m coming down with a cold, and I just feel off. And while I absolutely love said junk, it is not good for my body. So I have to make sure I get all that healthy stuff that my body needs with just enough junk to keep my mind happy. It’s all about that balance! So how can you achieve that balance? Well…
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Move (a little) More
I’m not saying you need to go to the gym for hours every single day. I’m saying that by even just moving an extra few minutes each day can really make a big impact. Parking further away from the entrance/exit of a store, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, walking your dog in the afternoon after work, or even just getting up more often to walk around the office and stretch your legs can make a huge difference to your overall health, and ultimately doesn’t take time out of your day.
Make An Effort To Eat Better / Be Aware Of What You’re Eating
I’m the first person to admit that I don’t keep track of what I’m eating every day, especially in terms of calories. I am definitely not a calorie counter, and honestly couldn’t care less about counting them in the first place. What I do care about is how much junk I put in my body on a daily basis. If I have a huge breakfast that day, I’ll get a salad for lunch. If I want that soda at lunch, I make sure to drink water the rest of the day. I don’t cut out the junk completely, but I try to balance it out.
So rather than cut out junk completely just to fall back into old habits in a few weeks, just be aware of how much of it you’re consuming on a daily basis. Balance it out with fruits/veggies. Replace a meal or two a week with a salad, cut back on soda, get a side of fruits/veggies instead of fries, or have a smoothie for breakfast. Instead of regular pasta, use whole wheat. Those small changes can really add up!
Hold Yourself Accountable
Whatever your health goals are, you have to hold yourself to them. I have been absolutely crap at going to the gym lately. I have not been in weeks, and it’s because I haven’t been pushing myself to go. So if you’re like me, find yourself a workout buddy or a Fitbit buddy, and hold yourself accountable! But whatever it is – cutting back on soda, going to the gym, eating more fruits/veggies – find yourself a like-minded friend and help one another out!
Get Some Fresh Air + SUNLIGHT
You’d be surprised what some fresh air can do for a person. I don’t know about you, but the minute I walk outside, I immediately feel like I’m drowning because it’s so damn humid down here. BUT AFTER THAT, when I feel the sunshine on my skin and that light breeze blowing….I am PUMPED. I’m energized and ready to conquer the mountain that is my daily to-do list. I am a to-do list ninja.
Or at least that’s what I tell myself when I have to head back inside and get back to work. Being stuck inside all day can’t be good for your mental and physical health, so make sure you take a minute to grab some fresh air if you can. Crack a window if you can’t make it outside, and let in some natural light!
Get Excited About Being Healthy
I’m not saying go out there and buy a ton of things just to motivate yourself to be healthy. But maybe you’re weird like me and love a new water bottle. Or get excited to wear those new workout clothes at the gym. Or just get excited to start eating better when you have a fridge full of fruits and veggies. For me personally, I love new workout gear like headphones and water bottles, and get pumped at the gym when I find a new awesome playlist. I find I eat better when I don’t have junk in the house in the first place, so I love having the fridge and pantry stocked with healthier food. But whatever is your thing, help yourself out! Make it easier for you to make those changes and stick with them from the beginning. Get yourself excited!
What changes have you made lately to be healthier? Have any suggestions?
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