Creating healthy habits might seem overwhelming at first, but the wonderful thing about habits is that, after a while, they just become your new normal. So, if you have been having a hard time introducing healthy habits into your life and sticking with them, don’t stress. Starting with tiny changes can help you both set goals and attain them.
- Go for a Daily Walk
Did you know that walking can be one of the most effective exercises to keep you healthy? And all you need is a comfortable pair of sneakers! You should aim to go on a walk for 30 minutes or more each and every day, especially if you have a desk job. Taking a walk is a great way to use your lunch break, increase your heartrate, and burn some calories.
- Breakfast is the time to start the day right
Breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and boosts your brain power, and people who eat breakfast tend to have a lower overall fat ratio (BMI). Including protein in your breakfast like eggs, almond butter or peanut butter, Greek yogurt, or Chia seeds will give you the energy you need to be more active in the day and reduce your cravings for sweets.
- Stick to a bedtime
The benefits of getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night are numerous. Getting enough sleep protects you from health problems, manages your hunger, boosts your immune system, and keeps your memory in check. Start setting a bedtime for yourself and begin unwinding a few hours prior to it—including turning off your electronics and reading quietly before shut-eye.
- Move the way that feels best for YOUR body
The key to maintaining your health and even losing weight for good isn’t always a strict exercise program. Instead, you should try different activities until you find something that works for you. If you find something you love, you’re more likely to stick with it—whether it’s hiking up a waterfall, biking to the park, or even having a dance party while simultaneously vacuuming your house. Get your heartrate up every day and feel how much more energy you have.
- Dark chocolate can be helpful to controlling weight
Eating a square of dark chocolate (that’s at least 70% cocoa) a day can reduce your cravings for junk food and sweets. It can also make you feel that you aren’t depriving yourself, making healthy eating more attainable.
- Prep your food
After a long day at work, it can be hard to pass fast food restaurants and stick with the dinner you need to prepare at home. But if you prepare your meals for the week, on Sundays, for example, those few hours of preparation can ensure that you’re more likely to eat at home, saving yourself from hundreds of extra calories and oversized portions you would get from a restaurant.
- Rely on a Water Bottle for Hydration
70% of your body is water, and it always needs more. It’s recommended that you drink eight full glasses of water a day to get the maximum health benefits (and more if you exercise).
“Water gives the many processes taking place in your body a much-needed boost—like detoxing your digestive system, maintaining your blood pressure, and increasing your endurance during exercise.” And water can help with weight loss efforts when you drink it before meals. Try keeping a refillable water bottle with you at work—it will help you reach for water instead of soda.
- Get Adjusted
Regular chiropractic adjustments have been proven to improve agility, immunity, and increase a sense of well-being. So why not give Chiropractic a try? Call us at Chiropractic Family Wellness Center in Scarborough, Maine to set up your initial appointment—(207)883-5549. Making regular chiropractic adjustments part of your life could change it for the better!