Let’s talk about habits. Some people equate a habit with a negative connotation. Like something you need to break. When you think habit, your mind might automatically go to smoking, biting nails, picking your nose, or compulsive shopping for women’s swimwear. (Not sure if that last one is a bad habit..butttttt anyway….) What if we made a conscious effort to change our attitude toward the word “habit”? What if we started attributing the word “habit” to positive, healthy things?
I want to ditch the unhealthy habits and focus on healthy ones. You really can’t go one day without hearing about a new Superfoods, or a diet craze, or SOMETHING contextually related to weight loss, weight, or eating habits. I know that in our office, since we’re all social media savvy, as well as pop-culture tuned, it’s hard not to have your focus on health. But, I’m not a huge fan of fads, or crazes, or even health topics du Jour. I’d rather have a tried-and-true health remedy, then follow something one doctor says one time. Now that the famous and quickly praised gluten allergy discovery is being redacted, let’s get back to the basics of healthy habits. Let’s dump the garbage habits, or the diet trends, because it’s all subjective and fleeting. It’s time to jumpstart your health with these 5 habits to establish RIGHT NOW.
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This is so ridiculously important, I can’t even stress it enough. It’s like the oldest trick in the book. I was just speaking to a few of my coworkers yesterday about the benefits of drinking water from the blog I wrote months back. If you haven’t read it, I advise you to do so, because it is chock full of important information. Water contributes to healthier skin, eliminating toxins and illness from your body, curing dehydration which kicks headaches to the curb, and so much more. The Institute of Medicine sets a basic guideline for total water intake. It recommends that women should consume 91 ounces per day – from all food and beverages combined. So we’re talking coffee, tea, cereal, mouthwash (joking, don’t swallow that, gross). Depending on your diet, about 25% of the water you consume should come from your food. For men, the average intake is about 125 ounces a day. So get to drinking and establish this as your main health habit.
Move That Bod
Exercise is important. We all know this.We hear it daily. We hear it so much that it frustrates the heck out of us and if we’re NOT doing it we feel guilty. Crazy, right? So, I don’t want to say in a naggy girlfriend way, “you should be exercising daily, blah blah blah”. Albeit, it’s true, we’re taking a different approach– Just move your body. Move around more. Take the stairs whenever the opportunity presents itself. Park further away so you can get in a walk here and then. Or just go out and take a walk. You know what is the easiest way to get moving? Buy a jump rope and do it for 15 minutes every day. That’s it. You’ll get your heart rate up, you’ll build your stamina, and you’ll sweat. It’s that simple. But establish a healthy habit of movement for your body early on, so that it seems more natural and less forced.
Go to Bed
There comes a point in your life where you grow up and realize that sleep is more important than most other things in life. Why? It makes you feel good. Plain and simple. You’re not struggling to stay awake the next day when you have 8 hours under your belt. You’re not cranky and aloof. You’re focused and you just feel good. I know for some it’s easier said then done. We’re all busy and have a busy schedule. But when you go to bed early more often than not, your body will feel it and will thank you for it. Establishing a sleeping habit or a routine will keep your body in a steady equilibrium. Welcome to adulthood, my friend, where sleep becomes a more important priority than going out with your friends.
Some may not see this as a health habit, but I’m going to make it one. Why? Because when you’re kind to other people, it genuinely makes you feel good and in turn helps you become a happier person. A recent study published in the journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, states that happiness and positive emotions play an integral role in our health. So, what this means is that if you incorporate kindness into your daily repertoire, then you will be happier AND healthier. But what does kindness mean to you?
We’re talking, holding the door for a stranger. Letting someone in during traffic rather than cutting them off. Saying please and thank you. Helping a stranger, OR, helping a friend. Or even buying that sexy swimsuit for your significant other that she has wanted for so long
Acts of kindness will help your overall attitude and make you feel good. It’s an easy habit that’s often overlooked.
Try these five habits out for a day and see how you feel. If it has helped you in any way, try it out for another day. Try it out as long as you feel good until they become the healthy habits you have needed all along.