I’m all for resolutions or goals for living a healthier lifestyle, but it seems that by February, a lot of those intentions go out the window. It’s taken me years to realize why, but I’ve found (at least with me personally), it’s because I’m trying to change too much at once.
Never eating bread again isn’t going to happen, and same with working out every single day. In reality, it’s all about small changes that don’t feel like life is completely changing or add up to simple habits. So, here are 5 ways to be healthier without actually trying too hard:
Adding lemon to your water
If you aren’t adding lemon to your water by now, start! Not only does it improve flavor and get me to drink more, but lemons are energizing, detoxifiying for the liver, and good for your skin. I cut up a handful of lemons a week and put them in a bowl in the fridge. Then I grab a slice and squeeze it into my water bottle to start the day. Easy!
Before I got in my now daily habit of putting together a smoothie, I was alllll about premade ones. (I went from a grabbing a banana before leaving the house to a smoothie for breakfast, so I wanted something just as quick.) And honestly, I still use premade ones a few days a week when I don’t have time or effort to put one together. My favorite brand is Thrive! and I love that there’s a variety of options depending on what you need (hello Energy on Monday mornings or Defend during cold season).
Next time you’re heading to the coffee shop or going from one store to another during errands, consider walking instead. Or if you’re in a big parking lot, don’t drive in between each store – walk! I had the worst habit of driving to the Starbucks that’s literally 1.2 miles from my house most mornings, and now I walk when I have time. You’re still doing your same routine, but adding movement in.
Set limits on stagnant time
I love TV. It’s one of my favorite ways to unwind, and between reality TV (don’t judge!) and what Netflix is pouring out, there are so many great options to watch nightly. But instead of aimlessly spending 3-4 hours a night in front of the TV, think about consciously watching. I usually watch it for an hour or two a night now, never more, and feel so much better. I spend the extra hour or so on self care, going to bed earlier, or prepping work (aka my mind) for the next day. Overall, it feels incredibly healthy – and I still get my TV fix! You could do the same with limiting your social media time too if that’s your crutch.
Make one swap a week
This aligns well with resolutions and the overall idea of living a healthier life without changing things too drastically – swapping one unhealthy thing for a healthy once a week. That’s it! Instead of overhauling your entire pantry and wasting a ton of food, focus on one thing at a time. Don’t even try to do more. Maybe you make the switch from white to whole wheat bread. Or from wine to kombucha for weeknight meals. Or 5 extra minutes of stretching before bed.
Down to try?