I feel the prettiest when I sweat.
With all of life’s hustle and bustle, it can be tough to maintain a healthy daily routine. There are times where “clean” eating and exercising fall to the end of our to do lists, or do not make it on them at all. In efforts to lead my healthiest life possible, there are habits I have adapted in order to stay healthy even on the days where I would rather do anything but that.
By doing little acts of kindness for my body everyday, I have not only seen an improvement on my metabolism and energy levels, but also toward my self-confidence, personal relationships, and overall happiness.
1. Drink water first thing in the morning
Your body needs at least 2-3 liters of purified water to stay hydrated. By drinking water first thing in the morning, you are boosting the bodies functions that depend on water. I like to refresh my body with one quart of water and freshly squeezed lemon right when I wake up.
2. Eat a well balanced breakfast
Eating breakfast is key to jump starting your metabolism and giving you enough energy for the day. I have found that I have been able to be more productive throughout the entire day if I eat a well balanced breakfast. For example, my favorites are, avocado whole grain toast and eggs, or Greek yogurt with protein granola and berries.
Either at the gym, outside or in the steam room, I always aim to break a sweat at least once a day in order to boost my endorphins. Not only has the health of my skin improved tremendously, but sweating once a day has helped detoxify my body by flushing out all of its toxins.
4. Watch for bad posture
We are all guilty of slouching our shoulders and we can always try harder to stand up straight. Having good posture makes you look good and feel confident. It also helps improve your mood, memory and brain while also building a strong core and reducing stress. Stand tall my friends!
5. Write things down
Every morning I write down the things I wish to accomplish that day. By seeing them on paper, I am more eager to get them done and cross them off the list. Writing things down also helps me to never forget the important things I need to do.
6. Social interaction / chill out
Relaxing or hanging out with friends is vital for positive mental health. Building personal relationships and just hanging out reduces stress and promotes overall happiness. I try to talk to a friend or loved one at least once a day, and set aside an hour for doing something I love to do.
7. Go outside / walk
Being outside can bring so many positives to your day. Breathing fresh air reduces stress while nature increases brain function and amps up vitamin D intake. Sometimes a breathe of fresh air and a walk around the block is all you need.
8. Include veggies into your day.
Now, I am sure you have heard this many times before, but eating vegetables are something everybody should learn to love. By making vegetables a part of your daily routine, your body will get all of its essential nutrients needed for becoming your healthiest you. By experimenting different ways to cook all kinds of vegetables, I have learned to love everything green.
Even if it just for five minutes a day. Taking the time to close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing can help improve your overall focus and mood. Just a couple minutes a day can also decrease stress anxiety and any chronic pains. Sometimes a couple minutes of clearing my head is all I need to get me through the day.
10. Get good sleep
There is a reason everyone emphasizes the importance of sleep. Sleep if vital in maintaining a healthy body as it aids in healing and repairing the bodies major organs. Sleep improves memory, regulates a healthy weight, and sharpens attention. By getting enough sleep, I have seen an increase in my drive and motivation to get things done.