We constantly tell ourselves that we are going to start doing that yoga class, going to eat better or start heading to the gym. But then procrastination and a lack of motivation kick in. That day at the gym never comes and the healthy grocery list remains on Pinterest.
But you don’t have to wait to start improving your health. There are things you can start doing right now to improve your health. Make these five changes to start feeling healthier today.
Make a Healthier Grocery List
No matter what, you are going to have to make a trip to the grocery store. Instead of waiting until you get to the store to impulsively buy that box of cookies or a frozen pizza, try planning ahead. Make a healthy choice by making a healthy grocery list for yourself ahead of time.
Look up recipes you have been wanting to make and see what ingredients you need. Maybe you have always been talking about doing a healthy detox and need to pick up extra spices, teas, or supplements. Planning ahead will give you an exact set of instructions you don’t have to stray from and leaves you without having to play the grocery store guessing game.
Eliminate or Decrease Your Harmful Vices
Focusing on your health can start by eliminating or decreasing the use of harmful vices such as drinking every weekend or smoking cigarettes. Hemp cigarettes, for example, are a great alternative if you are looking to step away from a bad habit by replacing it with an all-natural alternative that has the feel of a cigarette without any tobacco or nicotine.
Or maybe instead of going out for drinks every weekend with your friends, you could try doing some type of outdoor activity like paddleboarding or acro yoga. There are always other options available when it comes to changing the habits in your life that are making things more difficult for you to get on a healthy track.
Protect Yourself From The Sun
The most common type of cancer in the United States is linked back to skin cancer. It is primarily due to overexposure to the sun. Unfortunately, many people don’t tend to take the necessary precautions because they don’t notice the side effects other than a sunburn. However, the impacts will be shown significantly more down the road.
If you are big into using skin creams, try using one that has added sun protection in it. When you go to the beach or are planning to spend an extensive amount of time in the sun, treat yourself to a cute new sunhat. And of course, don’t forget about wearing sunblock. This will be your biggest defender that doesn’t take a lot of work, making it one of the easiest choices you could make for yourself today.
Move Your Body Every Day
This one is tricky because when we think of moving our bodies, we often make it sound like a lot of hard work. But moving your body doesn’t mean having to set aside an hour and a half at the gym or attending an exercise class.
Moving your body could be as simple as going for a long and leisurely walk or taking a hike out in nature. You could even put on one of your favorite playlists and dance around for thirty minutes in your living room. As long as you are getting your heart rate up, your body will thank you.
Drink Plenty of Water
This might seem like a no-brainer, but how often do you regularly keep track of how much water you drink every day? Our bodies are made up of about 60% of water which means we need to constantly be replenishing it with what it needs to not only survive but to thrive. Plus, if you are starting to exercise more to get healthier, you need to compensate for the amount of water you are exerting.
Drinking more water is great for your skin, metabolism, kidney function, and so many other aspects of your body. There are fun ways to start getting yourself to drink more water throughout the day. Apps on your phone can help you set achievable goals for yourself to get the necessary amount.