I believe achieving a healthier lifestyle is easier than most people anticipate. As long as you have motivation and inspiration, you can achieve this goal. Seriously, it isn’t hard at all!
I have been waking up everyday feeling excitable and happy. My motivation levels have been through the roof! This is all due to the simple and easy things I have changed in my routine and lifestyle. Trust me, figuring this out earlier rather than later, is fitter in the long run. Excuse the pun.
Read these 8 easy steps to a healthy lifestyle below. I guarantee you will be surprised by the simplicity of these baby steps to becoming a healthier and more goal driven individual.
1. Wake up early during weekdays –
Adopting a wake up routine will ensure no late mornings lazing around in bed. Get active early and you will have more energy for the day. If you’re really not a morning person, then you really need to read ‘10 Steps To A Better Morning‘.
2. Drink a big glass, or two, of water –
Tea is also great during the chilly winter mornings. You will feel hydrated and your mind set. I always find that getting hydrated early focuses your mind, not to mention how healthy this is for your body.
3. Do exercise –
Whether you like to run, hit the weights, take a swim or ride a bike, it is imperative to get some exercise in you. You will feel great for the rest of the day! Physically and emotionally you will feel on top of everything in your life.
During The Day
4. Have balanced meals throughout the day –
Your muscles will be craving protein after your exercise, so don’t waste time and get eating. Try and fit in some oils and dairy in your meals. Have a fruit at snack time, and try cook with vegetables with every main meal. Carbs are very important, try not neglect them like a lot of us do! They’ll give you that energy you’ll need every morning and send you on your way.
5. Regulated time intervals between meals –
Something I tend to bend, for example always eating dinner too early and then I’m starving before bed. My way of handling this is to have a snack between breakfast and lunch, and then again between lunch and dinner. It is very important to give your body time to digest that delicious food properly! Your body will function better, taking in the right amount of nutrients when needed.
6. Don’t forget to keep drinking water –
By far my all time favourite, maybe I just love water too much. You’d think I’m a camel, drinking around 3.5ltr a day. You are suggested to have 2ltr a day, but I’d say more than that, especially if doing exercise in the morning! If you don’t like water, read our post ‘10 Ways To Drink More Water‘, for some fun alternatives.
The Wind Down
Or should I say the wine down…
7. Keep the alcohol on a down low –
Especially after such a successful day. Okay, one glass is perfectly fine, maybe not every night however. Try and keep the midnight caps, or a glass of wine with friends, for the weekend. Alcohol will slow you down, and make you more sluggish in the morning. It also damages all that healthy muscle growth you’ve been working on!
8. Have an early night –
Schedule a bedtime and stick to it, honestly. Everyone needs their beauty sleep, and it only makes waking up that much easier. If you find you can’t get to sleep early, try doing some light breathing and meditative exercises at night time or during the day. This should help relieve the mind and give it some juice again. If you want to try out some great mindfulness apps, check out our recommendations in our post ‘10 Minute Break For Busy Mums‘.
What do you think of my easy steps to a healthier lifestyle, do you agree? And if you know of another great one please let us know in the comments below.