Being healthy doesn’t have to be hard! A few small tweaks to your daily routine is all you need to help kick your butt into gear and to keep it moving. Don’t know where to start? See below—and then check out these 7 lentil recipes to try this winter!
6 Daily Healthy Habits to Pick Up for 2018
Want to start your day in a good mood? Look no further than a morning workout. Exercising in the a.m. releases endorphins that improve your mental and well-being for the rest of the day, according to a study in The Journal of Public Health Nutrition. Have a hard time waking up early? Try investing in this alarm clock to wake you up.
Did you know that static stretches (stretches that you hold for 20-30 seconds) actually increases your chance of injury? Warm up your muscles this year with dynamic stretches (controlled leg and arm swings) before any workout to reduce the risk of injury and to positively impact your immediate physical performance. Here’s some dynamic stretches to try this year.
3. Breakfast… always
Never skip breakfast experts say, but why? Breakfast eaters tend to have lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol the American Heart Association reported earlier this year. Try these 10 smoothie recipes that will make your mornings more delicious!
4. Don’t worry about your weight
The truth is, being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. The scale is not necessarily the best indicator of health and fitness. Your body mass index, your body composition, how your clothes fit, what your energy levels are like daily, and your annual check-ups with your doctor all give you a better sense of where you stand in terms of health and overall fitness. To track your body composition invest in a scale that measures and tracks body composition like this Fit Bit Aria 2 Smart Scale.
5. Count colours, not calories
You’ll hear time and time again from nutrition experts: Not all calories are created equal. A handful of almonds versus the same amount of calories in potato chip form has a tremendously different effect on your body. One of the best ways to put together a well-balanced plate is actually by observing the variety of colours before you. Filling your dish with greens and reds and yellows will help you craft a nutrient-rich meal that will help fuel your body better for overall health. Try to eat a rainbow every day!
6. Have an accountability partner
Having an accountability partner to hold you to your goals increases your odds of achieving your desired healthy behaviours by a whopping 95%! Make your goals public and set small rewards for yourself along the way.