If you’re reading this, you’re probably looking for some health tips you can start incorporating into your routine, right now! I know that most of you already have a good understanding of this topic - but for those that don’t, we’ll get you caught up and making healthier choices in no time! Lucky for us, there are countless ways to bring happy, healthy habits into our lives, and I’ve listed just five below.
1. Drink more Water
Most of us are dehydrated on a daily basis and don’t even realize it. We’re roughly 60% water, and it’s crucial for so many of our bodily functions - so drink up!
One great way to get more H2O is to start the day with a warm cup of lemon water (heat water and add the juice of half a lemon). After that, aim to carry a water bottle with you to work, on errands, or wherever your day takes you! Needs vary, but the standard of “drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water per day” is still a pretty good rule of thumb.
2. Move your Body!
Usually when we want to “get healthy” we promise ourselves we’ll get up at 6am every day this week and put in an hour at the gym. What happens by Wednesday? We’re usually so exhausted that we say “eff it” and don’t set foot in the gym for another 3 months.
What if I told you there was an easier, funner way to build long-lasting exercise habits? Try walking for 30 minutes, 3-4x/week and see how you feel. Or mix it up and dance in your living room, go for a bike ride, or try a zumba class with a friend. Find something you love and make it a regular thing!
3. Cook Dinner at Home
Hands down one of the best things you can do for your health is to cook more meals at home. No time? No money? Invest in a crockpot and spend 15 minutes prepping dinner in the morning. You’ll come home to a ready cooked meal! Or check out Paleo Takes 5* on Amazon. My husband bought me this cookbook last Christmas, and it’s saved us on many a night. The whole family will love the recipes!
4. Quiet Time
With the pace of modern life getting quicker and quicker, slowing down is becoming more rare and precious than ever. Taking 20-30 minutes out of your day to spend some time on your own can really help to get you back into your parasympathetic nervous system. This is a great way to help your body rest and restore and take care of all its necessary functions. Try making yourself a hot cup of tea, sitting down with a good book, and ignoring distractions for half an hour. Another great way to do this is to take a 20 minute epsom salt bath right before bed. Light some candles and really enjoy your “me” time!
5. Get Quality Sleep
Expanding on the last point, quality sleep is a great way to boost overall health and longevity. Aim for 6 - 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep in a cool, dark room. Often this isn’t possible, but a great way to get in a routine is to quiet down an hour before bed by shutting off electronics, doing some journaling (try a gratitude list!), or spending some quality time with your significant other. Exercise (see #2) is another great way to get better quality sleep. According to Matthew Edlund, author of The Power of Rest: Why Sleep Alone Is Not Enough. A 30-Day Plan to Reset Your Body:
“People who exercised about three to six hours prior to sleep slept better. No exercise, no improved sleep.”
There you have it! All these areas work together to get you feeling your best. Turn these tips into habits, and you’re well on your way to a happier, more vibrant life!
*Please note I have no affiliation to this cookbook, its publisher, or any other books or publishers. I simply share products and services that have enhanced my own experience.