Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Remember THESE 5 Simple Daily Habits

As we progress in our new year of 2016 (no longer that new!) -- how many of us have given up on our projected health goals? Is the goal of going to the gym 3-4 times a week left in our memory somewhere? Has the "eating healthy" aspect of how we'd like to continue forth to be healthier, stronger and smarter gone by the wayside?

It's never too late to make wise decisions when it comes to our health and sometimes all it takes is a small change here and there. It's not about losing 10 pounds by next month or being ready for swimsuit season in 5 weeks -- that's ridiculous! Set yourself up to making the smart, small changes on a daily basis -- like these 5 simple habits that we can make part of our lifestyle!

Here is a list of some tried and true daily habits that won't break the bank and will make you better every day!!

(1) Move! Take a walk at lunch, go for an early morning walk around your neighborhood or if you live in an urban area -- walk to the grocery store, bank or post office. All it takes is 20-30 minutes a day and if it becomes a goal of yours to do everyday (which is what would be optimal) write it down on your calendar as a "must-do" along with all of your other to-do's....

(2) Limit Sugar! Yes, that is a big one for so many people and it is just not only found in the obvious choices like desserts or sweet breakfast cereals. Take a look at the label on the back of your food choice and see how much sugar is in the contents. You'd be surprised to find sugar in many ingredients that go unaccounted for like ketchup, many pre-packed foods and even some hot sauces! In simply learning how to properly read the food label, you could save yourself a lot of grief.

(3) Sleep. Don't underestimate the power of sleep. We are just built that way -- gotta sleep! Having a good 7-8 hours of proper shut-eye will do wonders for your health. Obi-Wan Kenobi would probably say something to the effect of: Sleep you must! (Always the wise one!)

(4) Water. There is no doubt about it that we need water. After all, our bodies are made up of mostly water -- so, we simply should get in the habit of drinking it. Starting your day with a tall glass of water is a great way to get inspired for a day of good eating habits and productivity.

(5) Time to chill-out! This also can't be overstated. Even if busy schedules get in the way -- taking 10 minutes to yourself shouldn't be too much to get stressed out over. In setting a good frame of thought for the day ahead, goals happen or at least get closer to happening and keeping up with the good momentum just automatically sets you up for more of it to come in the days ahead!

Simply put -- you don't have to start out "hard-core", but in starting out with small, doable goals you really can make a monumentally large and positive change in your life.

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