It’s easy to slip into an easy pattern of ‘tomorrows’: Tomorrow I’ll go for that jog. Tomorrow I’ll cut out sugar. The truth is, you shouldn’t put off your healthy daily habits. You can make up your mind to start making small steps to a healthy lifestyle today.
Whether you’re looking to shake up your daily routine by increasing physical activity, focusing on your heart health, or improving your healthy eating plan — you don’t have to do everything all at once. Take it just one step (and just one day) at a time.
Small changes in your everyday life can help you to get in the swing of healthy daily habits. Try these tips and tricks for a healthy lifestyle with good habits.
How Can You Start Enacting Healthy Daily Habits Today?
It’s hard to not want to change everything when you’re looking to improve your healthy eating habits. And it can be somewhat daunting to try and eliminate bad habits all at once. But, healthy people who maintain a routine likely didn’t build their good daily habits into their schedule overnight. Usually, it takes years to get into a locked-in, healthy groove.
It takes consistency and time to teach yourself that small changes in better sleep habits, a healthier morning routine, and healthy eating will add up. If you attempt to do everything you want to at once, it can become overwhelming.
But here’s tip #1: Don’t focus on results.
That’s right. Making healthy changes isn’t about massive weight loss or coming up with a perfect routine all at once. Improving your lifestyle can be simple and fun when you set micro-goals. Take it easy — one step at a time. Remember the tortoise and the hare.
Healthy Daily Habits: Your Daily Routine is Very Important to Your Overall Health and Well-Being
When it comes to your morning routine, one of the best things you can do is make your bed when you get out of it. Just seeing a made bed tells your body and your brain the day has begun. There’s no crawling back under the covers.
Also, though you may not think about it often, your environment can impact your mood. If your space is messy, unkempt, or cluttered, it might follow that your brain can feel similarly. A clean, clear organized space will allow you to feel clear within your mind, too.
On that topic, do your best to keep surfaces uncluttered. If you feel good about your space, you can focus on other goals for your daily routine and healthy habits.
Another great bed-related tip: Take a book to bed instead of your phone or TV. Letting yourself unwind properly can help you get better sleep. Studies show that if you use a television, smartphone, computer, or other devices before bed you can slow your circadian rhythms — that’s your body’s way of telling time. The light in your device can inhibit the release of your sleep hormones. This will end up making it harder to fall and stay asleep.1
If you’re not much of a reader, listen to mellow music or a book on tape.
More Physical Activity In Your Daily Routine: Start Each Day With Stretching And Quick Exercise
Getting your regular exercise doesn’t have to mean waking up at the crack of dawn and running 5 miles or pushing a tractor tire uphill. Just a little bit of daily stretching and a half-hour of walking each day can make a pretty significant difference in the way you feel.
One 2016 survey reported that only 22 percent of adults meet the country’s physical activity guidelines. It means that only 25% of Americans are out there exercising regularly.2
But exercise isn’t just good for your body, it’s good for your mood. Walking, swimming, hiking, biking… the opportunities are endless (and many of them are free). You don’t have to lift weights in a crowded gym every day to do the right thing for your health.
Just make sure to find something you like to do. If you try pilates and it’s not your thing, check out yoga. If you don’t like that, maybe you’ll enjoy skating. Just get out there and move. Again, a half-hour a day is all you need. Don’t forget to warm up and cool down with a bit of stretching.
A Healthy and Well-Balanced Breakfast: Make Whole Grains And Greens A Priority In The Morning
Plant foods are all the rage right now and for good reason. They provide healthy helpings of major nutrients, vitamins, healthy fats, and minerals. Also, when consumed as whole foods and not processed with a bunch of sugar and chemicals, you really are getting the best of what nature has to offer.
But most people eat sugary, processed cereals or baked goods for breakfast. Those foods are quick and easy, but if you are going to opt for grains make sure to go for whole grains with no added sugar.
A great way to add greens to your breakfast is to mix them into a morning smoothie or top an omelet with them. Arugula and spinach are fantastic when they’re seasoned with a little sea salt and pepper and wilted ever-so-slightly. An omelet with greens really is a tasty, filling healthy meal.
If you care to enhance your morning smoothie with greens, just add a cup of kale or spinach. These greens will give your smoothie and earthy, delicious flavor that will add real depth to your drink. Just toss the following ingredients in your blender and blend to your desired consistency… it’s that easy.
- 1 banana
- 1 cup kale or spinach
- 1 cucumber
- 1 cup blueberries
- ½ a cup of milk, yogurt, or almond milk
- ½ a cup of ice
Whir it up and drink it down!
Address Your Stress On A Daily Basis: Add Meditation To Your New Healthy Routine
Meditation doesn’t have to mean your chanting and ringing bells for hours on end. A simple 3-minute break in your day to close your eyes and breath can do a world of good. If you need an activity to help soothe your mind, simple counting works well. In 2,3,4,5. Out 2,3,4,5.
Or try closing your eyes and simply thinking about the things you’re most thankful for. It doesn’t need to be deep. Maybe you’re thankful for the time you took to jog this morning or that green breakfast smoothie you just made.
Meditation can come in many forms. Maybe a doodle book will help soothe your mind. Or you can also list the things for which you’re most grateful in a diary. Taking the time to stop and reflect is really what mindfulness is all about.
Baby Steps Make For Big Picture Change
In the end, you really just want to try and take things one day at a time. It’s not that you should try to reinvent the wheel when it comes to shaking up your routine and adopting healthy keystone habits. Instead, simply add one new habit you’d like to try. Take a week to see how it makes you feel.
The same goes for eliminating habits that don’t make you feel good. Change can be startling, but if you manage your expectations and make small changes one at a time, you’ll learn about what matters most to you. And once you’ve prioritized your well-being, it will be easier to tackle more changes simultaneously.
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