Spring has now sprung, which means that many people are stressing out about getting fit and slimming down before summer hits. The key to doing so is establishing healthy habits.
Healthy habits are the foundation for your physical and mental well-being. And it goes without saying that it is important to build healthy habits you regularly follow.
Keep in mind, those summer bodies are not just made in winter or spring, but all year long. So it is important to continue to keep up with your healthy habits and regularly check to see your progress on your wellness promises to yourself.
Here are four healthy habit tips for you to start introducing into your lifestyle now, so that by the time summer hits, these become second-nature.
Healthy Habit #1 — Get Daily Physical Activity
Physical activity not only helps your body, but also your mind. Working out helps keep your weight in control, reduces stress, improves sleep, boosts your mood, as well as has a myriad of other benefits. You should attempt to fit some sort of physical activity into your daily routine in some form — whether that’s exercise, taking long walks, or having dance breaks during television commercials — anything to get you up and moving.
Healthy Habit #2 — Stay Hydrated
Drinking enough fluids is key. Research recommends that you should be drinking eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day. Staying hydrated with water is important, but you can also opt for other beverages like smoothies, cold press juices, or flavored seltzer waters — anything that is low in sugar and low calorie. Pour your drink into your Tornado Shaker and you’re good to go.
Healthy Habit #3 — Eat Right
Eating the right way can be a challenge, especially if you travel for work, go out to eat with friends often, or have difficulty resisting the late night snacks. The great thing is that there are healthier options at most restaurants for you to choose from and brands are creating healthier products for consumers to purchase. Meal prepping is a great way to keep you on track with your eating throughout the week. Stock up on fruits and vegetables and cut out all that unnecessary sugar and saturated fats from your diet. Portion control, reading nutrition labels, and meal planning are great ways to ensure you are keeping an eye on what you’re putting into your body and how much.
Healthy Habit #4 — Get Enough Sleep
It sounds so simple, but for many people, getting enough sleep at night is no easy feat. Lack of sleep can lead to chronic health issues and difficulty concentrating. Sleep is your body and mind’s way of restoring itself. It is tempting to lay in bed while checking all the social media apps on your phone, but this is a sleep distraction. Put the phone down (or off), invest in some essential oils and a diffuser, or use a sleep mask or blackout curtains, whatever you have to do in order to get a restful night’s sleep.
No matter what time of year it may be, we hope that these tips will help you continue those healthy habits no matter what time of year it is.
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