We all want to get healthier and form better habits, but it doesn’t come easily for some. With our busy schedules and the stress of daily life, it can be hard to know where to start. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to change your daily habits and get into a better routine for healthier living in all areas of your life.
It might be helpful to start thinking outside the box. You don’t have to follow the pack when it comes to creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself; gym memberships are great, but if that doesn’t work for you, get creative and find a way to workout at home that you’re comfortable with.
Here are a few tips to get you started.
It may sound like a small thing, but not drinking enough water can cause all kinds of problems, especially if you start a new workout regimen. Dehydration can cause dry mouth, dry skin, headaches, and constipation at low levels and heart palpitations or blackouts at high ones. Keep a large reusable water bottle filled and sip from it all day, taking it everywhere you go to ensure you always have it handy. These water bottles will help you keep track of how much you’re drinking, as well.
Invest In A Blender
A blender can be a game changer when you’re trying to eat healthy, because smoothies are a great way to get in protein and essential vitamins without getting bored with your diet. Stock up your fridge with fruit, yogurt, and low-fat milk and look up tasty ideas that you can whip up in the morning before work.
Go For A Swim
If you’re thinking about engaging in a new exercise routine, it might be helpful to get creative with it so you don’t lose interest. Choose something fun, like swimming or dancing, two things that you can do no matter what the weather is like (as long as you have access to an indoor pool; check out your local YMCA to see what sort of facilities they have, and try a water fitness belt for an extra workout).
If it’s hard to find time in your schedule for a workout, it can be helpful to get in exercise while you’re doing something else, such as practicing yoga or working with a stability ball while watching television. You can also take the dog for a long walk or run, play a brisk game of softball with the kiddos, or clean the house, which burns more calories than you may think.
Get Enough Rest
One of the most important things you can do for a healthier lifestyle is to make sure you’re getting enough good sleep. Staying up late and getting up early can take a toll, so set a bedtime and stick to it. It’s also advisable to do something relaxing just before bed, such as read a book or take a hot shower, rather than looking at your phone or computer; screen time can interrupt your sleep cycle and make it harder to fall off.
Author: Paige Johnson
Chris Spealler is not only a CrossFit legend, but he's arguably the best bodyweight specialist to ever compete at the CrossFit Games. Watching him fly through muscle ups or handstand walk his way past the competition was truly amazing and inspiring to watch.
With over a decade of CrossFit experience as both a coach and athlete, and with 6 Games appearances, Chris Spealler has racked up a wealth of knowledge on proper movement and technique.