You notice your lifestyle habits keep getting worse and worse so you want to know what you can do to change that. You dream of being like your favorite fitness blogger or that celebrity you admire with the perfect bod. Lucky for you, there are effortless things you can change to promote a healthy lifestyle. Keep reading to find out the 5 healthy things you don’t but should do.
You Don’t Consistently Workout
I’m extra guilty of not sticking to my workout routine consistently. I’ll work out Monday then say I’m going to work out Wednesday, but when Wednesday arrives, I end up doing nothing at all. If you have this problem, you’re not alone. Together we can get better at sticking to working out on a weekly basis.
Create workout plans that you will be excited to do and feel accomplished after they’re done. I’m starting to make up fitness routines that I can alternate throughout the week, so I don’t get bored and help me work out different parts of my body. When I don’t feel like going to the gym physically, I make sure that I have workouts at home that I can do. My favorite is pulling out my yoga mat to do core exercises and using dumbells for an excellent arm workout. I also make sure to do squats and other glute exercises at home. For inspiration, I go to my Pinterest board.
If you don’t like going to the gym or workouts at home, then maybe try going to a fitness class. I love fitness classes because they seem to go by quickly, it’s guided, and you’ll have tons of fun doing it. I’ve done barre, yoga, and spin so far, but I hope to try kickboxing next. Bottom line, workout exercises don’t have to be dreadful. They can really boost your mood or energy, make you feel good physically, and be a source of entertainment to add to your healthy lifestyle.
You Don’t Meditate
Before you look at me crazy, I used to meditate every night when I was going through a lot of mental stress. Guess what!? It worked! It helped me destress to where I didn’t realize I was tense and made me feel relaxed. That’s why I think everyone should try meditation at least three times before you say you don’t like it. If you don’t know where to start, there are meditation techniques for beginners that you can research. Here are my favorite meditation apps:
I don’t know why I don’t meditate anymore other than just not being intentional with my time. But, it’s a new year, and we can both start back meditating together.
According to Healthline, these are meditation benefits you can expect:
- Reduction in stress
- Less Anxiety
- Improved Emotional Health
- Increases Self-Awareness
- Better Focus
- Boost Memory
- Promote Positive Vibes
- Possibly Combat Addictions
- Enhances Sleep
- Helps Minimize Pain
I’ve personally experienced most of these meditation benefits and will definitely try to incorporate meditation back into my healthy lifestyle. You have a ton to gain by just taking around three minutes out of your day to be mindful while you meditate.
Don’t Drink Healthy Options
It’s so easy to grab a soda and forget that your body ultimately needs water. I’m not saying you should never indulge in soda, but what I am saying is that you and I need to be more mindful in what we’re putting into our bodies. I’m trying to ditch soda currently by drinking:
- Sparkling water
- Kombucha (carbonated fermented tea)
- Green smoothies
- Lemon water
All of these drinks have significant health benefits. You’ll see improvement on the inside and out if you switch from soda to these healthy drinks. Of course, there are more options than these, but the ones listed are my personal favorites.
- Improved digestive health
- Healthy Heart
- Increase Your Energy
The next time you think about reaching for a soda, try one of these healthier options. After drinking them for a couple of weeks, I’m sure you’ll start to feel and notice a difference. If you don’t, then let me know!
You Don’t Get Enough Sleep
Whether you’re dealing with insomnia or you’re intentionally up, lack of sleep can be harmful to your body. It’s essential to get the correct amount of sleep. You don’t want to sleep too much or too little, or you won’t be able to function at your full potential. According to WebMD, some lack of sleep side effects Include:
- Aggravation of mental health disorders
- Aged skin
- Memory Lapses
- Weight Gain
- Impaired judgment
- A decrease in sex drive
- Serious health problems
- Slowed thinking
- Your safety is at risk
If you don’t do anything else on this list, do this one and get sleep. I can’t stress how important it is for you to take the 8 hours or whatever your body needs of sleep. You won’t regret it and will feel better than you did.
You Don’t Try New Things
The last thing we’re both not doing, and we should is trying new things. There are always new things to learn and new experiences that can give you amazing memories to look back on. It doesn’t even have to be a wild adventure. You do something as simple as trying something new on the menu at your favorite restaurant.
We all quickly get stuck in the same routine and then wondering why our life experience seems bland. I have a secret for you. It’ll only change if you allow it to. Get outside of your comfort zone (smartly) and go on that spontaneous road trip or the calamari at Pappadeux’s that you swear you won’t like. You never know unless you try. You want to be able to look back 6 years or even a year from now with no regrets and say you are living your life to the fullest.
These are just a few healthy things you may not be doing but should do. They are all simple and very doable no matter who you are. I’ll even admit, I have been slacking on doing some of these things so just like you I’m going to start implementing them today. We can help keep each other accountable through this healthy lifestyle journey. Tell me which healthy thing on this list you’re going to do or a healthy lifestyle change that wasn’t on here.