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10 Healthy Habits to Start in 2020!

As we all know, 2020 has been a bit wild! It's been a year of change, conflict and challenges. What if we changed perspective? In a time of social distancing, why don't we use this time to solely focus on ourselves? 2020 is the year for CHANGE! Most of us know healthy habits we should follow but often don't. Try implementing these 10 healthy habits into your daily routine and see the benefits that come from them.

  1. Drink more water. Set a water drinking goal. Aim for one gallon a day. This may seem like quite a lot at first but you will adjust. Drinking more water is so beneficial (blog coming soon - subscribe)! If you don't reach one gallon, no problem! Just get as close as you can!

  2. Move more. Regular exercise is so important for heart and lung health. Get moving! Aim for at least 30 minutes of walking a day. Busy work day? Try standing at your desk and take walks to the bathroom hourly. If you can't make it to the gym, that's okay! There are a ton of FREE at home workouts on Youtube. The important thing is to just get moving!

  3. Eat whole, natural foods. Really try your best to stay away from processed foods. When grocery shopping, only buy whole, natural foods. There are tons! Lean meats, potatoes, fruits, vegetables, etc. If you are only buying whole, natural foods while shopping, the unhealthy foods won't be available to you when you get home.

  4. Eat balanced meals. Some may say carbs are bad or fats are bad. The truth is moderation is key. When eating a meal, try to have one of each. A protein, carb and (healthy) fat. Example: chicken breast cooked in olive oil, heaping cup or broccoli and baked potato with butter. Another fun tip is to try to add as much color to your plate as possible!

  5. Plan your meals. Planning your meals for the week is setting yourself up for success. Without meal planning, it's easy to throw something quick in the microwave, order take out or run through a drive-through. Although those options are more convenient, they are not the healthy habits we want to implement this year! You can have them occasionally, but don't make it regular!

  6. Read food labels. It's essential to be aware of what is going into your body. Although it's not necessary to count calories or macros, it is important that you are educated on the foods you are eating. Take the time to read labels. You may be extremely shocked if you have never done so. Always choose the healthier labeled option. Less sodium, less carbs, lower calorie, etc.

  7. Limit alcohol. If you don't drink alcohol - skip to #8. If you do drink alcohol, try to make it an occasional thing. Alcohol can often cause severe dehydration and weight gain.

  8. Eat your last meal 3 hours before bed. Eating your last meal 3 hours before bed will allow your stomach to properly digest and focus on preparing for sleep. Eating right before bed can cause poor sleep patterns, slower metabolism and several health risks including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

  9. Get enough sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in good health. A healthy sleep schedule reduces stress and lowers risk for serious health problems. A healthy amount of sleep improves cognitive and immune functions, resulting in getting sick less and better performance overall.

  10. Remain consistent. Consistency is the secret weapon. None of these tips will be beneficial if you are not consistent. Each of these healthy habits will in the long run, create a healthy lifestyle that you can take into the years to come.

Doesn't seem to difficult, right? As I mentioned before, we all know healthy habits we should follow, but often do not. Do you wonder what would improve if you were consistent with these healthy changes? You will never know until you give it a shot with 100% effort. I highly encourage you to treat yourself in this time of social distancing. What better time? Treat yourself by taking care of yourself. Focus on you. Focus on your body. Focus on your heath - emotionally, physically and mentally.

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