When it comes to getting healthier and boosting your fitness levels, little changes can often go a long way! Here are some simple healthy habits and hacks you can start doing today…
Start your day with water
The first thing you want to do when you wake up in the morning is make sure that you drink water straight away.
If you do struggle with drinking water or you don’t like the flavor for some reason add some fruit into it. This will add some flavor to the water and make it tastier for you. Check out these detox water recipes for some inspiration.
Drink a smoothie
and fresh vegetable juices are a fast and easy way to get more healthy nutrients into your diet.
If you don’t have enough time to make fresh smoothies in the morning simply freeze or refrigerate the ingredients so they’re ready to go. They also make for a convenient snack or breakfast on the go.
Go for a walk
Walking isn’t just a great form of exercise, it’s also a good excuse to go outside and get some fresh air and sunshine in your day. A little bit of sunshine each day can actually help boost your mood.
If you want to go for a walk but you have nowhere to hide that big lump of keys, take off the keys that you need to get into your house or apartment and attach them to your shoelace. Make sure you do a double knot so they don’t come off.
Do some cleaning
Cleaning can burn way more calories than most people realize, providing a nice little full body workout. It’s really a win-win situation. Because while you’re burning those extra calories you’re also keeping your house neat and organized… which in itself has a lot of benefits.
So, make a little cleaning routine for yourself and make sure you’re doing a little bit every day. Your house and your body will thank you for it!
Squeeze in some exercises
When you’re going for a walk or a run you can increase the intensity of your workout by adding in some little exercises. For example, find a park bench and do some step ups, some box jumps or maybe even some triceps dips.
Also try to find moment during the day where you can squeeze in some simple bodyweight exercises. Just a simple set of two exercises for 10 reps, three times per day can really add up over time. You might even feel some muscle pain the first time you try this.
By the way… if you’re feeling sore after a workout, take a bath with some epsom salt!
Up the protein
Protein is the most important building block for your body. It also has a satiating effect, which helps you prevent hunger pangs between meals.
If you’re making a protein shake add the water in first and then the protein powder, so it doesn’t get stuck at the bottom of your shaker
Want to take your protein shakes to the next level? Try out these healthy protein shake recipes…
Prep your meals
It’s easy enough to exercise every day, especially if you follow some of the tips mentioned above. But, where a lot of people fall short is with their meals.
A good way to get around this is to meal prep. It will mean that you’ll have a healthy option around a lot of the time and it can save you a lot of time and money.
There are plenty of healthy meal plans. Just pick the one that appeals to you and your good to go. The same goes for healthy snacks. An added benefit is that you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to eat each day. You meal plan will do this for you.
Tip: Make a shopping list before you head to the grocery store. This will help prevent impulse buying.
Spice it up
Spices aren’t just great as a natural way of adding flavor to your meals. Many of them have amazing health benefits as well. Some spices even help you lose weight by revving up your metabolism.
So, start adding spices to your meals, not just for the extra flavor but also to get your metabolism firing.
Activate the habit of being active
Make being active a more regular part of your lifestyle. Play with your kids or with your pets, get outside more often, play a sport, go for a walk or a swim.
There are tons of things you can do to increase your levels of activity. Getting more active will actually increase your energy levels. It’s also a great way to relieve stress.
Check the menu beforehand
Let’s face it, even when we prep we don’t always have the time (or motivation) for a home cooked meal.
If you’re going to go to a restaurant it’s a good idea just to check up on what they have on the menu online so you can plan beforehand.
Get your sleep in
Getting a solid 7-8 hours of sleep every night isn’t just important for relieving stress and ensuring you have sufficient energy for the day… it’s also a major factor if you’re trying to lose weight.
According to research, not only does sleep help you shed fat… it is actually just as important to weight loss as diet and exercise. Yes… you can lose weight while you sleep!
Hopefully these simple tips have inspired you and shown you how integrating some relatively small changes into your lifestyle can have a big impact on your health and well being.
What’s the best way to make these habits part of your new, healthier lifestyle? Start small! Don’t try to start doing all of these things at the same time. You’ll be completely overwhelmed and probably give up within a week.
Pick one or two of these habits and really integrate them. This means doing them every day for at least 3 weeks. By that time they will truly have become new habits and can benefit you for the rest of your life.