It’s a common misconception that being healthy costs money and that it also takes a lot of time and effort. I beg to differ based on personal experience along with invaluable opinions from clients. I often hear ‘I wish I had started sooner’ as the healthier path is never as difficult as they may have perceived, and of course, the rewards are incalculable.
Here are some easy ways to start off on a healthier journey right now. I promise that they won’t cost you much, apart from a little effort, good attitude and a sprinkle of support.
1. First thing when you get up in the morning, look in the mirror, smile and say ‘This is going to be a great day!’
2. Do a few light stretches or gentle yoga poses
3. Sip on a large glass of warm water with fresh lemon juice
4. Avoid looking at email until your ‘work day’ officially begins
5. Take time to have a nourishing breakfast
6. Make an effort to engage positively with your partner/kids
7. Carry a water bottle at all times
8. Plan, and stock, for healthy snacks
9. Take the stairs; skip the short ride and fit in a brisk walk
10. Pack your own lunch for work/school
11. Take regular breaks from the computer screen
12. Go meatless beyond Mondays
13. Make your own smoothies, coffee, popcorn, etc
14. Use a journal to track your meals, exercise, social calendar (makes it much more likely to happen)
15. Get to bed earlier, around the same time every night
16. Increase your proportion of ‘veggie colour’ at every meal
17. Don’t sit for long periods – get up for a short walk
18. Your stomach doesn’t taste or have teeth, so savour and chew your food
19. Reduce alcohol intake — plan your weekly units
20. Enjoy good quality caffeine, but not too much
21. Floss more, then show off your efforts– SMILE
22. De-stress with a warm bath, walk in nature, inspiring music
23. Each day, do a random act of kindness
24. Get ingredient savvy — look at nutrition labels
25. Spice up your life — use more spices and herbs
26. Eat less sugar, you’re sweet enough
27. Expose your skin to Vitamin D daily; if climate doesn’t allow, take Vitamin D3 drops
28. Find an exercise you enjoy, and just do it!
29. Eat less packaged and convenience food
30. Be assertive when dining out — ask for items grilled or steamed, sauce and dressing on the side
31. Go for whole grain over white, processed carbs
32. Keep a journal of your thoughts, meals, fitness routine — makes you accountable
33. Invest time in learning about better lifestyle choices, and acting on this
34. Be aware of chemicals in personal care and household items, and your environment. Better alternatives are no more expensive
35. Get out of the office at lunchtime — go for a stroll, catch up with a friend
36. Show your love and appreciation more; it comes back in spades
37. Lift weights — for a stronger mind and body
38. Watch less TV — swap it out for romance
39. Understand hunger versus appetite (use hunger scale – if curious, email me)
40. Try a new recipe or dish every week
41. Reduce and replace gluten and dairy items; adds variety and nutrients to your diet
42. Laugh more — it’s proven to be medicinal
43. Don’t sweat the small stuff — let go, move on
44. Enjoy a decadent dessert once in a while — quality over quantity every time
45. Adopt a ‘no electronics in the bedroom’ policy (see #38).
46. Avail of free health and dental checkups; but pay if you have to. Prevention is far better than cure
47. Practice deep breathing or meditation for a few minutes daily
48. Hang out with people you like; life’s too short
49. De-clutter your stuff — ‘less is more’ is a fact
50. Before you retire, look in the mirror, smile, say “Thank you for this day”.
So there you have it – not so difficult and all within your grasp. Commit to adopting 1 or 2 of these tip every week, and you’ll reap the rewards in no time!
First published on Executive Lifestyle
When not not busy in my favourite role as mother to my two boys, I dedicate my time to educate, motivate and inspire us all to lead healthier, happier lives. This involves hosting Nutrition courses (in-class and online), corporate wellness talks, workshops and when I have time, private consultations.
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