It’s 2018 and I know most of you have set some sort of resolution to become healthier and fitter this year. That’s why I put together 10 habits that you can adopt to help you achieve not only your health related resolutions but a healthier lifestyle overall. Just a disclaimer, these tips are based on what has helped me personally. For more information, see a specialist. Without further ado, here are the tips!
1) Make time for exercise
The biggest excuse I hear when I ask people why they don’t exercise is that they “don’t have time”. Well, my response to them is usually “there is always time. You just have to make it.” Seriously… a workout doesn’t have to be 2 hours long. A 20-minute intense workout is sufficient enough. Also, when you think about it, a 1-hour workout is only 4% of your day. Still don’t have time? Well you are going to make the time from 2018.
2) Eat intuitively
If you are someone who finds it difficult to control your portions, then this tip is for you. Intuitive eating is about listening to your body. This involves listening to when you are hungry and acknowledging when you are full so that you stop eating. Some obvious signs that you are full are when your lower belly starts to pop out and when you start to feel lethargic and low in energy. As soon as you start to feel these signs, make sure to stop eating.
3) Cook and meal prep more often
Cooking and meal prepping may seem like a chore to many but it is essential when you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle especially on a budget. Cooking your food ensures that you control exactly what is going in it and this allows you to limit the amount of salt, sugar and fat that goes into your body. Try meal-prepping on a Sunday before your busy week and for more meal prepping tips, click this post.
4) Eat more nutritious foods
Healthy eating isn’t just about cutting down on the junk but it is also about eating foods and drinking beverages that will nourish your body. Some of the most nutritious foods include almonds, blueberries, quinoa, chia seeds, spinach and oily fish. Try adding some nutritious foods to each meal everyday and trust me, you will gradually begin to feel more energetic. Most importantly, your digestive system will thank you!
5) Eat less junk and processed food
With that said, cut down on the junk and processed food! Junk food, including sweets, chocolates, pastries, deep-fried foods, fast foods and fizzy drinks, all contain excess salt, sugar and fat that are easily converted into fat in your body and can lead to heart issues later on in life. Limit your consumption of these foods by eating them for example, once a week and you will save yourself a lot of unnecessary non-nutritious calories.
6) Drink more water
Water is my answer to anything! If I have a headache, I drink water. If I’m bloated, I drink water. I could talk to you for hours about the benefits of water but a quicker way to learn more about how to drink more water would be to read my post about it here.
7) Get enough sleep
Studies show that those that sleep for fewer hours during the night tend to consume more calories during the day. I can honestly see how that could be true as when I feel groggy after a lack of sleep I turn to food to either wake me up or to make me feel better. Sleep is also beneficial when it comes to health and fitness as your body burns fat overnight in that crucial rest time which can lead to weight loss. So try to sleep earlier at night or if you can’t, sneak in a cheeky nap during the day.
8) Avoid grocery shopping when hungry
This is a mistake I always make and when this happens, I end up buying and consuming something unhealthy that I instantly regret. Going to the grocery store whilst hungry heightens your cravings when you see certain foods and you will over-buy and over-consume. I would advise that you develop a habit of going grocery shopping after you have eaten so that you save yourself the unnecessary calories, money spent and guilt.
9) Drink your coffee and tea black
This may take some getting used to if you’re a regular latte or cappuccino drinker but adding sugar and milk to your coffee or tea isn’t the best idea especially if you have 6 mugs a day. Try drinking your coffee or tea black on occasion and trust me, the taste isn’t actually that bad! It may take some getting used to but it is a simple change that could improve your diet.
10) Meditate and rest
Finally, in 2018 I suggest incorporating rest into your daily life. Health and wellness is not only about what you eat and how often you exercise. Taking time to improve your mental health through meditation and recovering your muscles and having rest days will make you feel revitalised, reinvigorated and at peace.
I hope you liked this post and good luck with this year’s health and fitness goals.
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