I’ve said this many times before – I’m no health guru.
I love wine, carbs, cheese, Netflix, and my bed as much as anyone else would.
And I’d totally prefer to indulge in those things over the “healthier” alternatives.
But I also want to live to see my kids grow up. To be able to run around, play, explore, and do adventurous things without feeling like my body is going to give out on me at any moment.
So yes, I’ve committed myself to healthier practices.
But I’m not an extreme dieter, or obsessed with Soul Cycle, or a preacher of going vegan – though if you are any of these and are happily living to tell the tale, ROCK ON!
I’ve always taken a more relaxed approach to healthy living with my sole goal simply wanting to feel strong, happy, and – for lack of a better term – healthy in my body.
Numbers on a scale, size of my dress, or slimness of my thighs be damned.
Balance and moderation are the things I’ve learned to value most when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.
I believe you can have your cake and eat it too – just maybe not every week.
It’s all about having champagne in one hand and green juice in the other – amirite? 😉
Jokes aside, I say all this because fitness and various eating trends are all the rage right now.
And that’s great! We should encourage a healthier society.
But sometimes it leans a little heavy on the tyrannical.
To the point where it can feel like if you’re not working out or eating a certain way why are you even trying?
It can be discouraging and make you want to avoid it all together – I know I’ve felt that way.
But healthy living isn’t just about becoming a gym rat and eating acai bowls.
You can start living a healthy lifestyle on your on terms.
Continue reading below for 5 simple ways to start, today.
5 Simply Ways to Start Living a Healthy Lifestyle
1. Establish a Nutritious Start to Your Day
One of the most effective ways to start living a healthier lifestyle is to establish a nutritious start to your day, both mentally and physically.
As they say – breakfast is the most important meal of your day.
So despite what you may consume for lunch, dinner, and anything in between, make the effort to have a nutritional breakfast.
As for a nutritious start mentally, there are loads of options!
Try meditating for 10 minutes while your coffee brews.
Read a chapter in a book instead of scrolling through your Facebook feed.
Take a walk around your block and appreciate the zen-like quiet before everyone is up rushing to work or school.
Personally, I’ve started following practices from The Miracle Morning.
A morning routine established by Hal Elrod where you do a list of activities for a few minutes each morning to help get you ready for a productive day.
I’ve only been doing it for a week, but have already noticed a significant difference in my energy and focus throughout the day.
The point is to start your day with things that make you feel good, so you’re in a good mindset for what the rest of the day may throw at you.
2. Create a Positive Environment
Establishing a healthier lifestyle isn’t just about what you do with your body, but also what you surround yourself with and how you treat that environment.
I think we can all agree that life is more enjoyable when we’re in a nice environment.
I know it’s a lot harder for me to concentrate when my desk is cluttered and disorganized.
And I feel my whole life has come undone when my apartment looks a hot mess.
I’m moodier and more likely to snap at little things when my environment is in disarray – DCT can attest to this 😉
But just to be clear – this is NOT about having fancy things.
So don’t feel as if you need to go and drop cash on shiny new things in order to create a positive environment – nonononono.
This is about working with what you got.
Take care of what you do have to the best of your ability and use it to create a space you enjoy being in.
3. Interlace Fitness into your Daily Routine
Yeah you knew this was coming.
There’s simply no denying – fitness is a big part of living a healthy lifestyle.
But here’s the thing – it doesn’t have to be complicated.
I feel a lot of people have an all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to fitness.
You either kill yourself at crossfit every day or do nothing at all.
But there are ways to add moments of fitness into your day without having to go to a gym.
Do simple cardio exercises like lunges or squats on your lunch break. Take stairs instead of the elevator. Walk the extra 5 minutes to the next Starbucks by your office. If you drive a lot, park farther back from your destination to get more walking in.
And yes, if you actually want to see results in your body you’ll have to establish a fuller workout routine.
But you don’t have to workout everyday.
Most fitness gurus only work 3-4 times a week. You’ve got to let your body rest – that’s an important part of fitness too.
And you don’t have to join a gym or sign up for classes in order to establish some routine.
Go for a run, ride a bike, heck you don’t even have to leave your home if you don’t want to – there are LOADS of workout routines online you can watch for FREE.
Check out Fitness Blender – they’ve been my favorite for years now.
The point is, there are ways to create a fitness routine that works for you.
It’s just a matter of putting effort forth to figuring it out.
4. Seek Mental Growth
We’ve talked about strengthening our bodies, but when it comes to healthy living it’s important to also strengthen your mind.
I know sometimes the things you hear from the self-help or wellness camp can a bit “woo-woo“.
I know because I’ve sat and rolled my eyes at many practices they tend to preach.
BUT, if you’re able to look past the candle burning, give yourself a hug, declare your self-love and scream it from the mountain tops stuff (which I’m not knocking, btw – I’ve done all that, and yes even enjoyed it 🙂 ) – there are actually some legit practices that can help you grow and strengthen your sense of self.
Meditation, journaling, noting what we’re grateful for, and yes reading self-development books are all simple ways to stretch and grow your mind in healthy ways.
Because while it’s all well and good to look and feel healthy on the outside.
It’s just as important to think and feel healthy on the inside.
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5. Prioritize Good Sleep Habits
So we’ve talked about adding fitness into your routine, surrounding yourself in positive environments, being mindful, and starting your day in a nutritious way.
But honestly, in my opinion, you could throw all those out the window if you don’t prioritize your sleep habits.
We’re in such a digitally connected, always turned ON society that we tend to forget how important sleep really is.
Sleep has always been a priority for me.
When I was a toddler I’d legit tell my parents I was tired and going to bed – and I would go to bed.
It was never a fight – which incidentally sorta screwed them over when my younger brother came along who, to this day, never sleeps. 😀
Throughout college the thought of pulling an all nighter was the bane of my existence.
I’d much rather go to sleep and wake up super early than try staying up all night.
Even in my party-hard 20s, it was very rare that I stayed out super late – I appreciate catching my Z’s, what can I say?
The fact of the matter is just like your body needs water to survive, it also needs SLEEP.
I’m going to assume that you’re someone who wants to go out and do totally awesome things in the world.
You and I know that doing awesome things requires hard work.
And hard work requires high energy supplies.
And guess where you get that supply of high energy?
No – not from guzzling coffee and Red Bulls all day.
It’s from getting GOOD sleep.
Everything starts with giving your body the rest it needs in order to get up and be awesome day in and day out.
If there’s anything you take away from this article I hope it’s this:
Sleep. It does a body good.
Now I’d love to hear from you – which of these 5 tips could you start today?
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