Healthy living means different things to different people, but there are some simple habits that can help you lead a more balanced, energized life every single day—no matter what your goals are.
1. Drink water like you mean it.
H20 is pretty much your BFF. Staying hydrated keeps our bodies healthy down to the cellular level and it also helps keep us from overeating. Oftentimes, we can mistake thirst for hunger!
2. Enjoy your meals and try to eat without any distractions.
Take at least 10 to 15 minutes to enjoy my meal distraction-free.
3. Enjoy some fresh air when you can.
Stop and smell the roses—or at least walk by some. Getting fresh air is important for mental health!
4. Find little ways to stay active throughout the day.
“Even if I have a busy day ahead of me, I always try to get in some type of workout five times a week,” says Nazima Qureshi, R.D., M.P.H., C.P.T. “Not only do I get the benefits of exercise, I also use this time as ‘me’ time, which helps me unwind. I like to try something new to change it up so I don’t get bored of the same-old exercise routine.”
5. Eat your vegetables.
Vegetables are lower in calories than other foods, so bulking up meals with the good stuff can help keep you from going overboard—not to mention all of the vitamins and minerals they have to offer.
6. Treat yo’self with dark chocolate.
I mean, I guess I can get on board with this habit. “I am really a believer in enjoying your food, and I never feel guilty including treats on a regular basis,” says Marit Harney, R.D., L.D.N., C.P.T. “I am a huge sucker for dark chocolate (with 85 percent cocoa), which is lucky because it’s very low in sugar! The fats in dark chocolate are a great source of energy,” she adds, not to mention the antioxidants and fiber it delivers.
7. Catch enough zzz’s.
Not sleeping enough can mess with your willpower the next day and throw off your hormones, which can affect your weight.
8. Remind yourself of the things you’re grateful for.
Even if you’re not into meditation, simply taking a moment to reflect on what you’re thankful for can help you feel grounded.
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