The greatest obstacle to living a healthy lifestyle is getting started. Looking ahead at all the changes that need to be made is overwhelming and discouraging. The key is to take that very first step. Don’t get all caught up in what life will be like in 5 years from now, or 1 year from now, or even next month. Start with today.
If just the thought of getting started is what’s holding you back, today is your day to break through. Taking baby steps to better health makes it so much easier to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Eight Steps To Start On A Healthier Path
Choose one of these healthy habits to tackle for today and you’ll be on your way to a healthier you!
You don’t need some fancy water bottle, although sometimes a fun one can make drinking all your water a little easier. You simply need to grab a glass and fill it up! Keep it close by at all times. You might not get your recommended amount in right away but you’ll be drinking more than you did yesterday, and that’s your only goal for today. The recommendation is drinking about half of your body weight in fluid ounces of water. For example if you weigh 150 pounds, then you would aim for drinking 75 fluid ounces of water.
Get Up And Move
If most of your day involves sitting, set a timer or keep an eye on the clock and be sure to get up every hour. Everyday try to implement extra movement in your day. Do stretches at your desk. Walk around the office during break. Skip the elevator and take the stairs. Park farther away so you have longer walk from the parking lot to your office building. These are all very simple ways to add some movement to your day.
We all struggle with eating healthy. But good nutrition is essential to your health. Start by making small changes to your diet so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Eat less junk food and add more fruits and vegetables. Choose a healthy salad for lunch instead of unhealthy fast food options. Drink more water and less soda, including diet sodas. Eat lean protein such as chicken and fish and snack on healthier options such as popcorn, nuts, fruit and yogurt.
Don’t Get Seconds
We could all do a better job with portion control, but before stressing about the amount of foods you should be eating, simply skip the seconds. Only fill your plate up once. And don’t grab that extra handful of chips or an extra piece of bread. Serve yourself once and be done. Then drink some more water!
Leave The Dessert Alone
You don’t need dessert every day, but totally cutting it out is honestly a depressing thought. So don’t worry about next week. Just for today, skip the dessert or choose a healthy dessert such as fruit. Apples, peaches, pineapple and grapes are great choices when you want something sweet without a lot of calories.
Go To Bed Early
Going to bed early means you’ll get extra sleep which is a very healthy habit to start. Plus you’ll avoid the temptation of a late night snack! Sleep is a big component to a healthy lifestyle. Your body needs rest and adequate sleep helps your immune system, memory, metabolism and other vital functions. Make sleep a priority.
Include The Whole Family
Get everyone involved in a healthier lifestyle and it will make it so much easier and fun to stick with. The kids are more apt to eat healthier foods if they help prepare them so get them in the kitchen and make cooking dinner a fun family activity. Spend quality time together after dinner taking a walk around the neighborhood or working in the yard. Both are great ways to get some exercise instead of sitting in front of the TV.
Take It One Day At A Time
We make getting started so difficult because we can’t get our eyes off the place of arrival. What we should be doing is enjoying the journey one step at a time. Taking on one or two of these ideas just for today doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Before you know it, you’ll have formed these into habits, and will be ready to take more steps toward a healthier you!
The important thing is to just get started. Make the effort everyday to do something that is good for you and eliminate something that is bad for you. Simple steps to a healthier you.