Healthy Habits for a Happier You

 

Does the summer season have you feeling inspired, refreshed and motivated to develop a healthy new routine? With the sun shining bright, filling us up with loads of Vitamin D, and endless amounts of fresh fruits and veggies around every corner of the farmers’ market, it’s easy to kickstart a few new, healthy habits to help you create a more positive mental attitude.


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Healthy Habit #1: Choose a variety of foods

You will be more satisfied with your eating plan if you don’t get tired of the same proteins or vegetables. Never tried asparagus or cauliflower? Now’s the time. Add something new to your grocery cart each week, and experiment with new recipes for your favorite veggies. Or, try smoothies for breakfast instead of your usual toast.


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Healthy Habit #2: Ask a friend or family member to join YOU

Doing something with a partner is always more fun. Your support and accountability group can help you meet your goals — both physical and mental — and encourage you to stay on track long-term. When you’ve developed a healthy ongoing routine, you can even mentor someone else who’s trying to get healthier.


Healthy Habit #3: Get moving

Staying physically active can help you feel better. Check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program, but start moving today with an easy walk around the block after dinner. This can even help you sleep better at night!

If you have the space, you can create a home gym to help you stay motivated to break a sweat. The ideal workout space is a garage, basement, or spare bedroom. To maximize your workouts, consider proper flooring, like wood or rubber tiles, and plenty of light. When it comes to outfitting your gym with equipment, focus on inexpensive options that you plan to use regularly. A cardio step, exercise band, a mat, and a balance pad can all be used to target different areas of the body, and they take up less space than large workout machines.  

Healthy Habit #4: Get good rest.

Sleeping well at night helps your body use the energy you get from your healthy eating habits and new exercise routine in the best ways possible. If you aren’t sleeping well, consult with your doctor to find ways to improve that area of your life. In addition, watch what you eat before going to bed to avoid restless sleep. Spicy foods or anything with caffeine will likely make it harder to get good shut-eye. 

Give Yourself Time to Adjust

Give yourself time to adjust to changes in your eating and workout habits, and then evaluate the results. Did you cut back on some foods or portions? Did you find a new exercise regimen you love? Making a few changes here and there can give you more satisfaction with your life.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sheila Olson manages fitsheila.com, a site devoted to helping people develop healthier exercise habits & lose weight.