“To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.”
~ William Londen
Changing your routine to a more healthy one does not always happen over night.
In fact, most people tend to give up sooner than later because they set goals that are too hard to tackle all at once.
Instead of trying to change your whole life, change just a few parts at first.
Then, once you’ve mastered those, change a few more.
Before you know it, you can lead that healthy life filled with confidence that you always wanted.
Here are 7 simple changes you can make in order to lead a healthier, happier, and longer life:
1. Water, Water, Water.
Drink lots of water!
On average, you should be drinking at least 8 tall glasses of water a day.
Even more depending on how hot it is outside or if you are physically active throughout your day.
Drink water all day long. Keep water on your desk, in your car, next to your bed, in your bag when you’re on the go.
Have the occasional cup of coffee in the morning, and glass of wine or gin martini after work, but at all other times of the day, drink water.
If water is too bland for you, spice it up with some fruit like cucumbers or strawberries, some mint or basil.
You can even drink tea which has additional antioxidants, just make sure it’s pure and does not contain any sugar or sweeteners which dehydrate you.
Not only does water help you live longer, but staying hydrated gives you more energy, and helps keeps away those nasty migraines and headaches we all hate so much.
2. Eat a healthy breakfast.
The way you start your morning can set the tone for the whole rest of your day.
Therefore it is only logical to start your day with a meal that will leave you energized and ready for your day.
They aren’t kidding when they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Get in the habit of not skipping breakfast, as most of us do.
If you are on the go, prepare something the night before that you can grab with you.
A good and healthy breakfast can include:
- yogurt and fruit
- yogurt and oatmeal
- avocado on toast
- hard boiled eggs with some lean turkey slices
- fresh fruit smoothie with some almond milk
- or a personal favorite, some bananas and apples with a little almond butter
While theoretically a large breakfast should give you more energy, it can actually slow you down if it is too heavy for your stomach.
This includes things like waffles and pancakes with too much syrup, or heavy omelets and scrambles.
Your stomach and body are just waking up along with your mind, you don’t want to give them too much work, but you also don’t want to leave them with nothing to do.
The amount of food you need in the morning will vary with everyone, so try a few things out and see which worked for you best.
3. Walk just a little further.
Most of us already spend most of our time sitting behind a desk, then getting into our car and driving home, where we proceed to sit on the couch and turn on a movie while we order our dinner off of Grub hub.
Break the cycle!
Use your imagination and find ways to walk more.
Go on a morning stroll if you have time, park a little further away from work, walk from your office to get lunch.
There are so many ways to change your routine to involve walking.
Walking is good for your health, your energy levels, and even your mind.
Nothing clears the mind or gets creative juices flowing more than a walk.
Download the app Pedometer which counts your steps.
Challenge yourself every day to walk further than you did yesterday.
It lets you even set goals for yourself, and gives you weekly progress reports.
Walking is fun if you believe it to be!
4. A little human contact is necessary.
Real human interaction is a big part of staying happy and healthy.
Even for those of you who do like their alone time, having even one interaction a day with somebody in person will keep your mind and body healthy.
Grab a quick coffee with a friend, or go on a walk with somebody.
You don’t have to be a social butterfly to reap the benefits.
5. Wear sunscreen everyday, all year long.
It’s important to get into the habit of wearing sunscreen every single day.
This doesn’t mean necessary putting on waterproof SPF 50 every day.
Buy a moisturizer with a little SPF and put it on before you leave the house.
Ladies, they even make tinted moisturizer with SPF to wear as make up.
Not only are you going to be protecting yourself from skin cancer, but it can help ward off those unwanted wrinkles and lines.
6. Wash your hands, a lot.
There is nothing worst than being sick all the time.
Most common colds and flus come from not washing your hands enough.
There are so many germs in the workplace, don’t even get me started on gyms.
Get in the habit of washing your hands as much as possible.
Just because you don’t see them, doesn’t mean the germs aren’t there.
You don’t have to go germ crazy but, be mindful of the things you touch and where they have been.
7. Smile more!
Something as simple as smiling can improve your life in so many ways.
Smiling has been proven to be an instant mood lifter and de-stresser.
When you smile, your brain releases endorphins making you instantly happier.
It makes you more approachable and likable by those around you, strengthening your relationships with others.
You can make somebody else’s day better just by smiling at them.
Nothing makes a person more attractive than a smile.
Smiling often leads to laughter, which is even more fun.
Need I say more?
Make smiling a natural habit and watch your life transform before your very own eyes.
“Happiness lies, first of all, in health.”
~ George William Curtis