Small Changes I’m Making to Live a Healthier Lifestyle

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I am not the healthiest, most active human on the planet. I’ve never been too concerned about what goes into my body and exercise but with age, I’m realizing how much of a necessity it is to take good care of yourself.

The good news: You don’t have to love the gym and salads to lead a healthy lifestyle. (Which is great for me!) You can start by making small, gradual changes.

Being healthy means different things to different people. I am not aiming for six-pack abs or being able to run a mile under five minutes. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

My personal health goals are to set aside more time for myself, be aware of the food I consume, and have the physical abilities to keep up with others. I’d love to participate in activities with loved ones that may be physically demanding.

Especially living by the beach, during the Summer friends always want to go jet skiing, kayaking, surfing, etc.

Here are 7 small changes I’m making to meet my health goals.

 

  • Snacking on almonds

Researchers have recently discovered that almonds may help with weight loss. Instead of snacking on chips or cookies, I grab almonds! Almonds are packed with protein and healthy fats. So, I’ve swapped out all those extra calories for a better, more nutritious option! Plus, almonds are sure to give you “that full feeling”. Therefore, you won’t be reaching for another snack after 5 minutes. 

  • Drinking more water

I typically drink five cups of coffee a day but not enough water. Our bodies are made up of 60% water and largely depend on water to perform correctly. The average amount of water you should drink a day is 2 liters —I like to split this up into eight 8-ounce bottles of water a day. (It sounds much less intimidating) I keep a Tervis water bottle on hand at all times, that I can refill throughout the day. Sometimes, I’ll even add strawberries, lemons, or grapefruit to my drink to spruce it up a bit. 

Additionally, Sometimes we think we are hungry when actually we are just thirsty. 

  • Taking walks during the work day

Unfortunately, I spend a lot of time sitting at my desk during the workday. Sitting all day can wear on the human body! It is said that long periods of sedentary behavior will increase chances for multiple health concerns. You NEED to get up and move throughout the day. I’ve found taking two short 15-minute walks helps split up the day, increases productivity, and positively impacts my health. You could even gather a couple work pals and walk together. I also try to break up prolonged periods of sitting by making sure stretch every hour. Whether it’s a quick walk to the break room for water or a short happy dance in my office…

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  • Find a workout you enjoy

Some people love the gym… I am not one of them! I don’t enjoy lifting weights, running on treadmills, or struggling to figure out how certain machines work. Guess what? There are plenty of other workouts to enjoy rather than the gym! By finding a workout you enjoy, you’re more likely to workout. Although my membership is up, I had been enjoying hot yoga! Nowadays, I’ve been practicing yoga on my own and going on runs! Find a workout you’re interested in and try it: Kickboxing, Soul Cycle, Pure Barre, etc. If you prefer the gym —lucky you!

  • Have a diet buddy

Everything is better with a friend, right? My sister is currently getting in shape for her wedding in October 2018, so we exchange updates on our fitness! Having a diet buddy can help keep you on track, stay motivated, and discover new workouts. A diet buddy can also be a workout buddy. Depending on what you like, a workout buddy is a great way to make exercising fun. 

  • Purchase a fitness tracker

Purchasing a fitness tracker was the best thing I did for my health! My Fitbit helps me keep track of my health and stay motivated throughout the day. I use it to track the number of steps taken each day as well as the number of calories burned. You can set daily goals and then check to see how you are stacking up. It will also track your sleep cycle and help you learn how to sleep better. The Fitbit Flex is only 59.99 at Target!

 

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17 Comments

  1. Autumn Murray

    Great tips! I definitely agree with finding a workout you enjoy vs. just going along with the latest fitness trend that you may not like.

    27 . Nov . 2017
  2. Divya

    I’ve been upping my fats lately (Like almonds!) and it’s made such a huge difference in my mood and actual physical state. I feel so much fuller and I don’t find myself thinking about food ALL THE TIME anymore.

    27 . Nov . 2017
  3. Beth

    Drinking water is huge. I find I feel so much better when I’m upping my water intake. Thanks for the reminder!!

    27 . Nov . 2017
  4. Victoria

    I think I drink five cups of coffee a day as well! Haha. 60% water? Nope. More like 60% caffeine. At all times. #mumlife
    I have found that having a fitness tracker has made me so much more determined to meet my goals. It also helps that I have a lot of competitions running with other people, so I’m determined to ‘beat’ them. I really am terrible at drinking water though. Maybe I just need to find myself a pretty water bottle and I’ll be more motivated!

    27 . Nov . 2017
  5. Jules

    Amazing post! I like your blog, would you like to follow each other?:)

    https://julesonthemoon.blogspot.it

    27 . Nov . 2017
  6. Nichole

    These are great tips. Starting out small makes such a difference. I know that I really need to start focusing on my health, but like you mentioned you have to find something you love. If you start hating your exercise or the food you eat than you’ll never achieve true health.

    xo nichole / thedailypursuit.com

    28 . Nov . 2017
  7. Jordyn

    I actually DO love the gym but I can’t get myself motivated with fitness trackers (but my Mom and brother LOVE theirs). I try to drink more water and take walks and I’ve found I really do feel better when I eat healthy!

    28 . Nov . 2017
  8. ShootingStarsMag

    These are all great steps to getting healthier. I’m really working on upping my water intake! I’m not much of a drinker in general so it can be tough for me.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    28 . Nov . 2017
  9. Christina @ Hugs and Lattes

    Changing our health in small steps is so much less daunting than doing a big, new year’s overhaul. I love snacking on chips, so I’m going to have to pick up some almonds from the store. These are great ideas!

    28 . Nov . 2017
  10. Katie

    These are great ideas! My fitness tracker broke awhile back but I really want to get a new one because it’s so helpful to realize how much I sit at work during the day.

    28 . Nov . 2017
  11. Christine Anne

    All such great tips! I’m trying to keep focus during the holidays. It’s the hardest for me because it’s cold and gets dark so early. Makes me not want to do anything. lol

    28 . Nov . 2017
  12. Paige

    Good for you, girl! These are great tips. I should definitely keep more almonds around the house. They are so filling!

    28 . Nov . 2017
  13. adriana

    I love this! Little things help BIG time! I run every morning and it’s made a huge difference in my energy level throughout the day!

    29 . Nov . 2017
  14. rachel

    Drinking more water is something I can definitely improve on! It really is the smallest things that make the biggest differences!

    30 . Nov . 2017
  15. Deborah

    These are all great changes! I’m like you and I used to not drink much water and drink 4-5 cups of coffee a day. I’ve found that coffee is so dehydrating, not to mention, really bad for your liver if you drink too much. I’ve managed to cut it down to 1 cup of coffee a day and I bought a Camelbak water bottle in the 32oz size with the goal of drinking two of those per day. It’s helped a LOT!

    01 . Dec . 2017
  16. Amy @ Salt and Skillet

    Great advice! I just want to put in my two cents – almonds are a fantastic snack, are full of protein, potassium, and healthy fats. But because they are packed with so much goodness, they come at a relatively high calorie cost! 1 oz (1/4 C) is about 160 calories. Calories matter, even if you’re not tracking them. So don’t go eating the whole bin of almonds and expect to lose weight – you may be consuming more calories than you think!

    I am so on board with finding exercises you enjoy, too! I hate cardio. I think the treadmill is torture. While I’ll walk or hike for hours a day, I HATE running. I do enjoy weightlifting, but it does still sometimes feel like a chore. Instead, I love to play tennis with my husband when the weather is nice! We also golf to get a long walk in (and carry around that heavy bag! No golf carts for us!). And this is so nerdy, but I wish they would remake Dance Dance Revolution for PS4! I could play that game all day, and MAN does it build up a sweat!

    01 . Dec . 2017
  17. Tori

    I love all this tips! Being intentional with your health (planning walks, drinking water, etc.) is so so important!
    Tori || Victori Media
    https://www.victorimedia.com

    08 . Dec . 2017

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