So guys we are a month into 2021, have you quit your New Years’ resolutions yet? I have mentioned before that I am not a big New Years’ resolutions kind of girl and much prefer bite-size attainable goals and intentions I set for myself throughout the year. I find that sticking to healthier habits and actively practicing them without the pressure makes for a much better experience and less self-loathing.
Sharing on the blog today 5 habits you can practice and maintain to achieve a healthier lifestyle that doesn’t just include working out (even though that’s included here too)!
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Up your water intake
A personal goal of mine is to up my water intake to a gallon of water a day. I know you are asking…but why? According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in this article from MayoClinic “an adequate daily fluid intake is About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men. About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women.” A gallon is about 3.7 liters, 1 liter more, than the average listed, and it’s totally doable.
Do I have to train my body to prepare for the amount of time I am going to use the restroom in a day? Yes. Do I have to reinforce drinking enough water before 7:00 pm so I can successfully sleep without peeing every hour? Also yes. I am no expert, but clearer skin, decreased appetite, flushing out toxins, clearer sinuses, and overall health benefits outweigh the negatives for me. I am enjoying this pink 1-gallon water bottle with time stamps to help keep me on track.
Sweat at-least once a day
Not a fan of the gym right now? No worries, try changing your living room into your workout space and workout from the comfort of your own home. adidas Runtastic has a free workout app you can download straight to your phone. I like that the app lets you customize your workout plan based on your skill level and the results you want to achieve. I chose to track my progress by time spent working out instead of pounds lost.
Get your steps in
Walking in nature is one of my favorite stress relievers and helps clear my mind more than anything. Check out your local park, pop your headphones in and listen to your favorite podcast. Looking for something more intense? Make a game out of it and see how far you can go. Whether your goals are measured in time, distance, or mental health, keep track of your accomplishments and see your progress!
Switch out your protein
I am a big fan of my family’s favorite BBQ chili, which usually uses Italian sausage and ground beef (notoriously fatty meat). I swapped the pork and beef for leaner ground turkey and did not notice a change in taste at all! Think of your favorite comfort foods and switch it up with leaner meats, or make it meatless.
Journal your thoughts
When you find your mind is racing, try and brain dump everything onto paper and forget about formatting or topics – just write. It can be scribbles or drawings, sometimes writing out your thoughts onto paper help make sense of the thing you were stress-thinking and helps you come to a resolution quicker. I’ve enjoyed using the Priority Planner from Rachel Hollis (Target) and one line a day journal when I put thoughts to paper.
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