Don’t slip back into the same old routine this time! Use these simple daily habits that will help you finally become that healthier you that you’ve always dreamed of.
1. Drink More Water
Water helps everything in your body function better, so make sure you’re giving it plenty of hydration each day. The recommended amount varies, but drinking at least 2 to 3 liters of purified water a day should do the trick. To get extra benefits out of your hydration, put some freshly squeezed lemon in your water. Lemon helps your liver detox so your whole body is healthier.
You don’t have to be the real Slim Shady to incorporate a little more standing into your day. Standing helps stretch your muscles and burn some calories, so try taking work conversations outside or conducting meetings on foot. As an added bonus, a little movement can help you work more productively and focused, so it’s an all-around win.
3. Pack Your Lunch
Although a lot of restaurants are creating more health-conscious meals, they don’t always offer complete meals and easily tempt us into splurging on higher calorie options. Make sure your lunch is well-balanced and avoid the tasty temptations by packing your own delicious lunch. Make sure to include whole grains, protein and a fruit or vegetable. And bring healthy snacks to keep your energy up and hunger at bay all day.
4. Learn to Meditate
You don’t have to sit cross-legged under your desk chanting “Om” to meditate. In fact, there are tons of ways to learn to meditate for just five minutes that are sure to brighten your day. Meditation helps reduce stress, which can make you look haggard over time and lead to a number of health problems. Instead of stressing, learn to breath deeply and clear your mind in trying times.
5. Hug Your Neighbor
Or hug anyone for that matter. Physical affection releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones, which instantly gives your mood a positive boost. If you’re feeling blue, woke up on the wrong side of the bed, or are just about at the end of your rope, reach for a hug. It can stabilize your mood and even help your physical health by calming you down.
6. Stave Off Sugar
Processed sugar is the new super villain of the food world. But, food trends aside, processed sugar really doesn’t do your body any good. The sugar rush leads to a disastrous energy crash and eating high-sugar foods too often can cause an imbalance in your blood sugar, which can lead to diabetes and other health problems. If you have a sweet tooth or need an energy boost, there are plenty of natural, healthy options that will get the job done, like dried fruit or mate tea.
7. Do a Daily Detox
Your liver is your second biggest organ and it definitely takes a beating over the years. To help your whole body function better, you can help your liver detox and remove some of the built up sludge. You don’t need to do all of these every day, but every once in a while is smart. Things like drinking detox teas or green smoothies, sweating it out through exercise or in a sauna, or taking supplements like turmeric are great ways to do little daily detoxes.
8. Go Enjoy Nature
It’s been proven that spending a little time in nature is good for the body and mind. Part of that is getting your daily dose of vitamin D from the sun. A few minutes outside a day can help your body absorb this natural nutrient. Other interactions with nature, like gardening, walking barefoot outside or eating lunch in the park, can have big positive effects on mood and even help alleviate depression.
It can be easy to forget about the little things we can do to take care of our bodies. You don’t need a total lifestyle overhaul to stay healthy. In fact, small steps that can become long-lasting habits are going to be better for you in the long run than a two-week gym binge.
Listen to your body and try to understand what it needs, then find ways to fulfill those needs without having to disrupt your day-to-day life too much. Healthy habits like taking nutritional supplements and deep breathing exercises can help you help your mind and body every day.