Did you resolve to adopt healthier habits in 2014? If so, try these handy tips to jumpstart your wellness goals in no time:
Drink Up! Hydration is a crucial part of health. Commit to drinking half of your body weight in ounces of fresh, pure water per day. For example, a 180-pound person should drink 90-ounces per day. For consistent hydration, space this consumption throughout the day.
Add In Healthy Foods: Choose to add one healthy food into your meal plan per week. Green vegetables are an ideal place to start. Dark greens such as broccoli, spinach, kale, cabbage, arugula, endive, collards, water cress and mustard greens are packed full of nutrients and are great helpers to transforming your health and boosting your immunity.
Processed Foods: Processed foods are convenient, but are detrimental to our health. To avoid turning to processed foods for convenience, commit to preparing meals and snacks ahead of time. If cutting out processed foods seems unattainable, commit to eating whole, unprocessed foods for majority of your meals and snacks.
Move Your Body: Choose one activity to do for at least 30 minutes per day. This can be as simple as sledding with the kids, marching in place as you watch television, following along with a yoga video, or a finishing a challenging workout at the gym. Pick an activity that you truly enjoy so that it doesn’t seem like a chore. Chores often get pushed aside – so choose wisely!
Be Grateful: Commit to writing down three things per day that you are grateful for. Consider keeping a Gratitude Journal and create your list at the end of each day, and give thanks for your items on your list. Consistent gratitude is incredibly helpful for overall health. And reviewing your journal entries is extremely empowering.
If following all of these goals at once seems overwhelming, try a new tip each week for the next five weeks. Making an intentional effort to consistently replace bad habits with new ones is crucial for success. Best wishes for a fantastic new year!