Have you made a resolution to get healthier in the new year? If so, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are so many ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle, and it is best to start one small step at a time.
12 Monthly Tasks To A Healthier You
Here are 12 monthly tasks to help you get started living healthy. See how just one task a month can help you develop healthy living habits that are sure to make a difference!
January: Start Drinking 8 Glasses Of Water Per Day.
This is one of the easiest places to start! Many people are not drinking enough water each day, and the result is fatigue, headaches, dry skin, poor digestion and more. Start drinking 8 glasses of water per day and see how it can help you feel your best.
February: Begin Increasing Your Daily Steps.
Find creative ways to increase your daily steps. This might mean taking the furthest parking spot, taking stairs instead of an elevator, or even committing to a brief walk during your lunch hour. Find ways to get moving more each day.
March: Experiment With Healthy Snacks.
Replace your salty and sugary snacks with healthier versions. Try veggie sticks, baked fruit and veggie chips, air-popped popcorn, nuts, fresh fruit and other healthier alternatives. Get into the habit of buying these items and finding ones you love so snack time is healthy time as well.
April: Cut Out Soda And Sugary Drinks.
Sode and other sugary drinks typically have no nutritional value and can cause you to crave more junk food. Drink fruit infused water, unsweetened tea or plain ice cold water instead. It tastes great, costs less, and doesn’t come with the sugar and extra calories.
May: Switch From Fried To Baked.
Whether it be chicken or potato chips, switch from fried to baked. You will consume less calories this way, cut back on the fat, and get more of the nutrients you need. If you love the crunch of fried foods, try coating meats with crushed pretzels before baking.
June: Schedule Your Yearly Medical Exams.
Take your health seriously and make June the month of wellness by scheduling your yearly physical, eye exam and your dental cleaning. It’s important to stay up to date on preventive care and establish a relationship and health history with your primary care physician. Make your health a priority.
July: Practice Daily Sunscreen Wear.
Sunscreen should be used every day, no matter if there is sun visible or not. Practice wearing sunscreen each day to protect yourself from sun damage and skin cancer.
August: Cut Back On Toxins.
If you drink or smoke, now is the time to cut back on toxins. Talk to your doctor about a plan that can help you quit and live a healthier life. Find support and eliminate these toxins from your life before they cause serious health problems.
September: Try Relaxation Techniques.
A hectic lifestyle will catch up with you sooner or later so it’s important to find ways to relax. Try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation or even yoga. Find healthier ways to combat stress and unwind.
October: Keep A Fitness Journal.
Start a journal that notes your daily food intake and or physical activity. This will help you see how much you are consuming and how active you are staying. Based on your findings you can make changes where needed.
November: Embrace Whole Grains.
Switch from white breads and starchy cereals to whole grain options. When preparing meals opt for whole grain ingredients and reap the nutritional benefits. Most of the time your family will not even notice the difference.
December: Head To YouTube.
Find health and fitness YouTube channels and check in weekly. Learn healthy living tips, check out exercise videos, and find ways to live your best life.
Are you ready to enjoy a healthier version of you? Consider these 12 monthly tasks to help you enjoy a healthier 2018 and see what a difference they can make for you!