I am by no means a health guru, but the past year I’ve been way healthier than I have been my entire life. Taking care of your body helps you to function day-to-day. Here are some little tips that I have learned over the past year to help improve your health little-by-little!
Did you know that we are made up of 60% of water? Water is so good and life-giving! But it’s so hard to keep up with drinking it! I try to drink half my body weight a day, so around 80 oz. I have a 32 oz Nalgene water bottle and tote it around with me everywhere and I mean everywhere. I find that if I have it with me, I tend to sip on it more. I also find that if I take a sip every time I look at the water bottle, I whittle it away.
Bored of the taste? Try throwing in some cut strawberries and fruit to add a little taste to it. Be careful when you buy the little squirtable flavors because those tend to have a LOT of sugar!
Move It for 30 Mins
Doing just a little bit of exercise is better than doing NO exercise. Even if that is just simply walking around the neighborhood! If you are anything like me, when I start off doing a workout routine, I hit the ground running. I tend to over do it and hurt myself the first time. I’ve learned to dial it back a little until I get a good routine going.
If you don’t have a gym membership or equipment, there are tons of body-weight exercises out there on Pinterest! Not to mention billions of videos on YouTube! Try yoga! Try Pilates! Try anything! Just move your body!
Sugar is in freaking everything! I recently started doing the “Trim Healthy Mama” lifestyle, which does no sugar (stevia as a replacement) and low carbs. It’s helped my health in an amazing way! The first couple of days without sugar really are rough, but once your body goes without it for a while you feel less bloated. I also found that my joints ached less. Try to get creative with recipes and find sugar replacements like stevia!
Don’t Combine Fats / Carbs
This was one of the main things that the THM lifestyle focuses on. When we eat these two different body fuel sources together, ultimately one will be used as a fuel while the other gets safely stored away as fat. So when you eat a meal of primarily fat (protein and veggies) , your body can burn it off way easier than if it was coupled with a carb.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that you get (7.5 to 9 hours of sleep). This is one that I still manage to struggle with. But I find that having a nightly routine helps get your body and mind ready for bed. Another factor that works against us is staring at a screen right before bed. The blue hue of your phone can set your circadian rhythm off. So phones off at least 30 minutes before bed!
The last time I got a physical, the doctor told me I had a Vitamin D deficiency. This was partly because I worked in a dark office with no windows. Even still, a majority of people today spend hardly any time outside. But being outside helps you get fresh air, vitamin D and helps relieve stress. So go take a walk!
Splurge in Moderation
No one is perfect. We all want to have that late-night craving for a Dairy Queen blizzard on a Friday. Don’t beat yourself up over one holiday meal. Think of health as a marathon, not a sprint! But you have to pick yourself back up! Don’t let one cheat meal turn into a week and then into months!
Try having half of your cheat too! This helped when I worked in an office setting! When it was someone’s birthday, I would allow myself HALF a piece of cake, rather than standing in a corner weeping as others stuffed their faces with chocolate cake.
Try To Have SMALL Snacks Every Three Hours. This Helps Keep Your Metabolism Up And Running! Try Having A Handful Of Almonds, An Apple, Some Berries … Packing Tiny Little Snacks Helps Hold You Over Until The Next Meal So You Aren’t RAVENOUS And Want To Sit Down And Destroy A Cheeseburger! One Of My Favorite Snacks Is A Wasa Cracker With Light Laughing Cow Cheese. Yum!