One of the biggest beliefs is that living healthy takes a lot of time and money.
Thankfully, it doesn’t. But it does take a shift in thoughts and habits.
The older I get the more I think about what type of shape I’m in. I’m getting close to 40 (only a year left!) and you know what people say? “You’re body starts falling apart at 40.” It’s something like that- I’ve paraphrased. 🙂
I don’t believe it has to! There are 70 and 80 year olds who feel good and have energy, so how can the rest of us be like that?
We all know the typical measures to being healthy:
- Drink water
- Eat right
Being healthy doesn’t mean that you have to be an extreme health nut. It does mean you have to be aware of what you are putting into your body and what activity you have in your life.
Determine what changes need to take place. Ask yourself some questions to see exactly where you are at:
Do I drink plain water throughout the day?
If not, how much should I be drinking?
Do I eat right?
If not, what one change can I make this week?
Do I need more fruits or veggies?
Do I need less grains and/or sugar?
Do I exercise?
If not, what type of exercise do I need?
When can I incorporate exercise during my day?
You don’t have to do all of them right now. Making so many big changes makes it too overwhelming, and though we may start off excited and remember to follow through for a couple days, it doesn’t take long to burn out.
Instead, pick one thing to change each month. Get a friend to join you so you can hold each other accountable.
Just one change each month:
Drink more water. This can be as simple as drinking a glass of water as soon as you get up. Just have it ready for yourself. It gives you a wakeup call and helps jumpstart your body.
Make sure there is a green veggie at each meal. Make it as easy as you can! We often eat handfuls of peas straight from the freezer, slice up some cucumber before dinner or just pile some spinach leaves on our plate with the rest of the meal.
Plan to cook something new each week. Just one meal- experiment. The more you cook, the more efficient you become and the less time it takes. If you don’t know how to make something, search youtube- there is a video walkthrough of anything you can come up with.
Move a little more– even one minute a day of getting your heartrate up has a positive impact on your life. Even just standing when you have the opportunity is considered a simple exercise. Park farther away when you stop at a store, walk around the block, or just do jumping jacks in your living room. If you aren’t in the habit of moving, commit to 1-5 minutes a day, where you move fast enough to raise your heartrate. Do it when you wake up, or set an alarm on your phone during the day when you know you will have a minute.
- How to Trick Yourself Into Drinking More Water Every Day
- A Gradual Approach to Healthy Eating
- Every Bite is a Choice: How Dietary Changes Are More In Your Head, Less In Your Kitchen
- 7 Minimalist Workouts to Kick-Start Your Fitness