Lifestyle changes can alter your life forever. Sounds like a huge, intimidating leap, but it’s supposed to come in simple, managable chunks.
Are you worried that changes can be difficult? Becoming healthier doesn’t happen overnight. It takes about 21 days to build a habit. The ripped bodies that you see in fitness models took years in the making.
We all had that “Day 1 of our lives. With commitment, patience, and discipline, you can change your life for the better.
Read on and find out what you can do today to change your life tomorrow!
1. Re-think your work commmute
Advanced technologies have made our lives easier. Well, it’s become too easy most of the time. A simple tap on your smartphone can now get your groceries delivered to your doorstep.
The price? We’ve learned to rely too much on these conveniences.
Instead of getting Uber for work, have you considered riding a bike instead? What about walking the short distance from your door to the bus stop?
The best work commute is 20 minutes of foot travel!
So, learn to get up early, save money, and become healthier by relying on your good old legs.
2. Take stretch/plank breaks at work
This goes out to fellow workers who sit on a computer all day and hunch over their desks. Unless you go to the gym after your shift, a sedentary job and lifestyle can take a toll on your health and well-being.
Instead of sitting all day, practice standing up and taking a good stretch every hour or so.
During lunchbreaks, why not consider doing 30-second planks? This simple exercise engages your core and improves your strength. Also, it only takes a minute of your day.
3. Watch your posture
Do you ever think about how you look when you’re walking around? Posture is not only about exhibiting confidence. You can also improve the strength of your bones and the functioning of your organs.
Take time to look at the mirrors that you pass by when you walk. Keep your bac straight and your stomach in. Not only will you look good, you will also feel great!
4. Skip the soda, opt for water
Increased sugar intake wreaks havoc on your health. Sure, the can of soda that you drink at lunch gives a nice, energy spike. In the long run, it’s causing you more harm than good.
If you’re considering weight loss or avoiding diabetes, a good start is to stop or to lessen drinking soda. Let me remind you that a 12-ounce can of coke contains about 9 teaspoons of sugar.
You might want to look at 9 teaspoons of sugar in a glass before opening a cold can of soda.
5. Drink more water
It is a sad fact that most of us don’t drink enough water. Ironically, we all know how much water we need to drink on a daily basis.
Let me remind you what are the basic “hydration checkpoints” for the entire day:
- After waking up
- Before your first meal
- After your first meal
- After your first pee in the morning
- Before your lunch
- After your lunch
- After you pee in the afternoon
- Before you go to bed
If you can drink more than 1 glass of water for each checkpoint, that would be awesome! Your body will thank you for it and you will get clearer skin, too.
6. Skip the sweeteners
When ordering handmade coffee or beverages, try asking your barista for less sugar.
You can start by asking for 25% less sweetness. This shouldn’t significantly affect the taste of your beverage. Once you get used to the taste, I guarantee that you won’t experience that much craving for sugar anymore.
You can also choose black chocolates instead of white or milk chocolates.
When having tea, you may add some cream, but see if you can go sugarless!
7. Cut down on social media
Social media is a great place to connect with friends. However, it’s also an avenue of too much information, addiction, and insecurity.
Real-life interactions become replaced with likes and other reactions. This leads to isolation, stress, and emotional suffering.
To improve your mental health, try to unplug more often. Limit your consumption of social media and better notice your surroundings. Engage yourself in dinner conversations. Avoid hunching down over your phone while dining out with other people.
8. Smile at the mirror
How often do you exhibit self-appreciation? In a time where everyone’s pressured to look Instagram perfect, we self-criticize. We feel disappointment when we don’t look like filtered, Photoshopped versions of ourselves.
Practice smiling at the mirror and telling yourself that you are okay. A smile boosts your mood and make you instantly feel better.
If you feel good about yourself, you can avoid harmful choices, such as binge/stress eating. Your body will thank you for being good to yourself!
9. Learn to say “Thank You” more often
Becoming more spiritual and compassionate comes in simple ways. Everyday we encounter acts of service, whether from friends or professional helpers.
Avoid taking these for granted. Learn to be more thankful and show appreciation. Whenever someone does you a favor – as simple as handing over a pitcher of water, or refilling your cup – learn to say “thank you”.
Be more connected to the people around you. This will boost your self-esteem and make you feel better about the way you live your life.
10. Pause for breathing exercises
Taking a deep breath reduces anxiety and worry. It provides a sense of calm and refreshes your system.
If you have difficulty sleeping, practice breathing exercises after unplugging for the day. You can also take a pause for a few moments during the day and breathe for a minute or two.
This simple change in your life can be the answer to battling feelings of stress. Who knows, you only needed to take a break and breathe, instead of munching on those cookies for relief!
Make your life count by taking slow and simple changes. Aim for sustainable. Commit to what you can actually do right now.
Take one or two of these tips and slowly weave them into your lifestyle. Take a look at the following strategies:
- If you’re reading this before lunch, why not remind yourself to drink a glass of water and skip the soda?
- You might be having a long day at work, why don’t you get up from your seat and give your back a nice, long stretch?
- Why don’t you try walking to work every Monday instead of taking a five-minute car drive?
When it comes to lifestyle changes, slowly but surely is the way to go. You can always come back to this list and see what you can do next after you have mastered one item.