It’s January 2016 and there’s no better time to take control and tip the scale (no pun intended) toward living a healthier lifestyle. The key word in that sentence is “lifestyle”. Choosing to do one thing better or more often is not a lifestyle change, it’s a singular goal. Living healthier typically involves doing many things, making shifts in your habits and perhaps even altering your daily routine. This may all sound daunting, but really it’s the right path toward health and wellness. And it’s pretty simple if you want it to be. Here are 5 ways to live a healthy lifestyle in the new year.
Go to the gym. The gym is great because you’re not limited to one activity or exercise. You can run, bike, row, walk, lift, jump, stretch, and more. Going to the gym is a great habit. Choose a time that works consistently and dial it in. If waking up early is too hard or not an option, go at lunch or after work. Otherwise, starting the day with a workout will leave you feeling fresh and energized and is a fantastic way to start the day.
Move your body. Invest in a good pair of shoes and use them regularly. Running is a great option, as it doesn’t take much to get started other than a good pair of shoes and some motivation. But it’s not for everyone. So maybe walking or hiking is more your cup of tea. It really doesn’t matter, just move, and move often.
Change your eating habits. Eating healthy can be time consuming. We get it. Eating healthy can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. Eating healthy is simply about making better choices. The above photo reflects two similarly priced options. One is made out of who knows what, while the Meal bar is made out of real food ingredients, things you recognize and can pronounce. Eating healthy is easier than you may think. Make the right choice.
Get sweaty. Work hard, burn calories and build muscle. Yoga is a great, low-impact way to get strong, flexible and sweaty. Don’t trust us? Just try it. It’s also important to remember that getting sweaty goes hand in hand with nutrition. Drink water throughout the day and while working out to avoid dehydration. And fuel your body properly before, during or after to maintain energy levels and aid in recovery.
Simplify. Declutter. Eat real food, including more fruits and veggies. Drink coffee every day? Skip the cream and sugar. There are so many simple changes that you can make that will go a long ways toward living a healthier lifestyle. You’d be surprised to learn that your body really doesn’t a need a footlong sandwich for lunch. A protein bar and a piece of fruit will suffice for an average day at the office.
We hope you find these tips helpful. We hope you find these tips to be simple. Our goal is to show how easy it can be to make some small yet impactful changes. Be all you can be. Happy New Year.