6 Simple Ways to Be Healthier This Year

Often, when people set goals to be healthier, they go all in. This is not necessarily a bad thing since it shows a positive attitude and enthusiasm!

However, setting the bar too high is often a major cause for failure and giving up on your goals after only a few weeks.

Being healthy doesn’t have to take a 180-degree change in your life. In fact, making small, simple changes is the best way to ensure that you’re able to stick to your new habits and turn them into a lifestyle. 

Here are some small and simple changes you can make to become a little healthier day by day. 

Carry a Reusable Water Bottle

Drinking more water is an easy target that many people set for themselves, and it’s a wonderful step on the path to a healthier lifestyle.

Fresh, clean water is essential to keep us hydrated and energized and our bodies functioning optimally. 

If you’re struggling to hit those water goals, make your life easier by carrying around a reusable water bottle – at home, at work, while running errands, everywhere! An undersink water filter installation in your home will make this even easier. You’ll have fresh, filtered water right from your taps, and you can fill up your bottle quickly and easily before leaving the house.

Prioritise Protein

Instead of overhauling your diet completely, cutting out carbs, fasting until lunchtime, or drinking detox teas, try making small mindset shifts instead. 

An easy dietary change is to focus on eating more protein. Protein will help you lose weight because it keeps you fuller for longer and builds your muscles for that strong, toned look you want. It’s also essential to help you recover from workouts and manage stress!

Try to build your meals around a protein source. A serving of chicken or beef, fish, or eggs can be your starting point. You can also focus on plant-based proteins like tofu, seitan, beans, and legumes. 

Add Fruits and Veg

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Another simple change is to add food to your diet instead of removing it. What should you be adding? Fruits and vegetables, of course! Fruits and veg are essential sources of fiber, vitamins, and minerals that we all need to be healthy. 

Many common fruits and vegetables are even considered superfoods, meaning that they possess exceptionally healthy qualities and are jam-packed with important nutrients. 

Try to add a serving of fruit or veg to every meal – including your snacks. This will improve your digestion, brain health, energy levels, and more. 

Park Further Away

Yes, it’s as simple as that. Walking more in your day-to-day life is healthy for us for so many reasons. 

More movement can help with weight regulation, cardiovascular health, mental health, and more. This doesn’t mean you need to spend hours on the treadmill, but simply parking further away, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and going for a quick morning or evening walk can do wonders.

Setting a step goal is a great idea if you have a fitness watch to track them. However, remember not to set the bar too high! Start with a number you know you can achieve and increase it over time. 

Find Movement You Enjoy

Stop trying to force yourself to do exercises you hate. Sure, we all know that exercise is good for us, and if we want to be healthy, that means exercise is important.

However, exercise is not a one-size-fits-all. You don’t have to go running five days a week if you hate running. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym sweating yourself into misery, either! In general, resistance training mixed in with a little cardio is the ideal combination for all individuals; however, dancing, walking, yoga, tennis, swimming, surfing, and any other form of movement is just as good if health is your main priority. 

Track Your Progress

Finally, it’s a great idea to track your healthy habits and goals. Not only is this great for watching your progress, but it can also be really motivating to see yourself sticking to your habits day in and day out. 

Using a habit tracker app for this can be extremely helpful. Choose three or four daily habits (more than this might be overwhelming) that you think will contribute to your health journey, and use the app or a pen and paper to mark how often you manage to get them done. 

Your habits can be hitting a step goal, stretching before bed every night, drinking enough water, eating a piece of fruit, or even something as simple as going to sleep before midnight.

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