How’s your relationship with your health?
(Yeah, mine too.)
Everyone strives to be healthy on a daily basis. But it’s really hard to be passionate about sweating until your clothes off, or passing up that BBQ bacon cheeseburger at lunch for the healthier spinach salad.
Trust me, I get it. Better health is a long term commitment. But long term is daunting. I mean really, if someone told me I shouldn’t eat ice cream anymore, I’d rebel too.
The point is, you can make simple changes in your every day lifestyle that will not only keep you on track, but will make you want to keep going. It’s not about restriction, it’s about balance.
Simple Daily Habits That Will Ignite Your Passion For Better HealthSimple daily habits that will ignite your passion for better health. Click To Tweet
Drink your (lemon) water.
We all know that we’re supposed to drink a bunch of water a day. (Like 60-some ounces a day, but who’s counting?) That’s really hard. (Click here for easy ways to stay hydrated..) You probably didn’t know that adding lemon to your water (preferably warm) not only makes it taste better, but also has wonderful health benefits. It’s best to drink a glass right away in the morning.
· Increases metabolism which helps promote weight loss
· Has cleansing properties that help detox your body
· Boosts energy and immune system
· Balances ph levels and hydrates your body leaving skin rejuvenated
Get yourself a fun water bottle that you can keep at your desk. The benefit of making it fun is that you’re more likely to use it. I like this one because it’s 32 oz. That means you can fill it up twice and you’re good to go for the day. Bonus! Throw your lemons in the infuser and kill two birds with one stone. 😉
Have you ever noticed how much time we spend trying to get good parking? Sometimes my fiance will drive by an open spot three or four times looking for something closer. But why?!? We’re human beings and naturally want to make everything as easy as possible, which sometimes means cutting corners. DON’T CUT CORNERS ON YOUR HEALTH. If you were to count the number of additional steps you took each day by parking farther away from your destination, you’d be surprised how much extra exercise you can get. (Plus walking gets your blood flowing and heart pumping, which is great for an extra boost of energy–and who couldn’t use that? Click here for more savvy ways to boost energy.)
Take a walk around your building on your lunch hour. I usually hit a wall around 2 or 3 in the after noon, and I feel like I could just crawl up under my desk and take a nap. On the days that I’m able to take a stroll on my break I feel much more alert and prepared to take on my tasks.
Don’t eat before bed.
Why is it that eating at night is so much more enjoyable than eating during the day? I can go all day making healthy choices, but nevertheless, come nightfall I always find myself perusing the cupboards like a savage animal.
I need to work on this bad. Our metabolism slows down at night as our body shuts down for sleep, so consuming calories right before bed when we aren’t expending as much energy causes weight gain.
Find an activity you enjoy.
My mom used to preach this. If you don’t feel like running, go for a walk. We all have those days, and you have to want to do it. Go biking, find a yoga class, do Jazzercise (my new addiction), play at the park with your kids and try a playground workout. (Chrissa at Physical Kitchness has a fantastic one on her blog. Click here to read it.) Do something. You’ll love yourself for it. (I put together a list of 5 popular workouts that are fun and effective. Watch them here!)Too tired to work out? Go for a walk, do something. You'll love yourself for it. Click To Tweet
Good health needs to be a commitment, and there needs to be a healthy balance. (Healthy lifestyles can take a turn to the worst if you’re not careful and in tune with your body. I’m in recovery; I have been now for 12 years. I’m at a place in my life where I’m really happy with myself as a mother, partner and student, but it wasn’t always like that. If you think you or someone you know is experiencing disordered eating, don’t wait to get help. You are not alone. Read about my experience with anorexia here.)Make good choices because you want to, not because you feel like you have to. Click To Tweet
Until next time,
Let’s chat! What steps are you going to take to ignite your passion for better health? Let me know in the comment section below! 👇🏼
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