Suddenly turning yourself from a couch potato to an Instagram fitness star is pretty much impossible, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never get there. It’s a big life change that often requires lots of small steps towards your overall goal. Whether you want to eat healthier, lose weight, or up your fitness level, here are seven healthy changes you can start making right now:
You’ve certainly heard the old saying that you need to drink eight glasses (essentially 2 liters) of water a day. While expert opinions vary on that magic number, they agree that water is essential for brain function and energy levels. When you’re dehydrated, your mood is affected, and it’s harder to concentrate, and your stamina is reduced.
There’s also research supporting drinking water can help with weight loss: those who drank water before a meal found that they didn’t need to consume as many calories to feel full.
Switch to Vaping
Quitting smoking is a huge undertaking in and of itself, but it’s a necessary step in your health journey. Many ex-smokers found switching to vaping to be beneficial. Vape juice doesn’t contain the same harmful and carcinogenic chemicals that smoking does, and sites like Viper Vapor have options with different nicotine levels, so you can gradually decrease as needed.
Try Meatless Monday
Going meat-free longterm might not be ideal for everyone, depending on their nutritional needs, but reducing your meat consumption can have a huge impact. Eating plant-based diets can lower your risk of diabetes, colon cancer, and heart disease. There are lots of great resources online to help find tasty and delicious meat-free options!
Walk Instead of Driving
While this isn’t always practical depending on where you live or how far you have to go, leaving the car at home for a quick daily walk is a small step that can add up quickly! Walking is great exercise, and since it’s low-impact there is very little risk of injury.
You might not be able to carve out time every day to hit the gym, but walking home from work or to the corner store can ensure you’re getting some form of activity every day. Plus, you’ll save money on gas!
Bring Lunch to Work
This is another option that’s better for your overall health as well as your wallet! Scientists have found that people who eat at home instead of eating out tend to have healthier diets overall. This is because a lot of food at restaurants and fast food places tend to have higher calorie counts and hidden fats. Even salads! It’s better to prepare a meal at home where you can be sure of exactly what you’re making and control the size of your portion.
Get Some Sleep!
Not getting enough sleep is a common problem, but it has major side effects. Without enough sleep, you’re more likely to be stressed and anxious, have low motivation, and even be at risk of depression. People who get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night are less likely to be obese and even have better immune systems!
One of the best ways to stay motivated and work towards your goal is with a rewards system. If you’ve brought a healthy lunch to work every day this week, or never skipped a workout, you can reward yourself for a job well done with something like a relaxing bubble bath and face mask, or splurging on a new pair of workout shoes with all the money you saved!
It’s important to remember you’re doing this for you, and feeling better is both physical and mental.
What healthy changes have you made lately? Let us know in the comments below!