Let’s keep it real. How many of us actually commit to our New Year’s resolution regarding a healthier lifestyle? We know, kicking habits and picking up new ones like eating veggies can be a little tough. However, nothing beats having more energy throughout the long days of adulting and trying to balance work, relationships, and social lives. Wouldn’t you love feeling as good as a new pair of snakeskin booties would look on your feet?
Whether you’re looking to ease your mind of stressors, lose extra weight, or lower your blood sugar, a few key changes here and there could be the defining difference you need to see an improvement in your health. It’s no small feat changing your lifestyle to a “healthy” one, but it’s far from impossible. In fact, these nine tips will help get you on track (and keep you on track) toward improving your overall health this year.
9. Drink more water
Water intake is a huge indicator of health, and you can gauge if your intake is up to speed by surveying the color of your urine—the clearer the better. You should aim to drink 64 ounces of water per day. Kick the plastic water bottle and opt for a reusable S’well bottle. Add a touch of personal flair with a S’well bottle sleeve.
8. Replace your detergent
You never realize that whatever is in your detergents will probably end up on your skin and sink into your pores. Which begs the question: what’s in your detergent? Skip the typical Tide or Gain pods for a more natural homemade detergent, degreaser, and deodorizer. You’ll feel far more comfortable knowing exactly what’s going into your wash and resting on your skin for hours on end.
7. Snack healthier
Leave your cookie-munching and potato chip binging habits in the past and swap those calorie mongers in for healthier snacks, 2019 is a year to be focusing on you at your best! Chickpea Hummus, roasted nuts, and summer bowls make for yummy alternatives for the hungry snacker.
6. Take your vitamins
It’s hard enough to maintain a balanced diet, which means it can be incredibly difficult to get your daily intake of necessary vitamins. Taking vitamin gummies or tablets are the easiest solution for picky eaters and deficiency-fix seekers.
5. Make more “me-time”
Your schedule is always full of things to do, people to see, and places to be—but when was the last time you penciled in time for yourself? Spending quality alone time with yourself may seem cheesy, but being able to step away from the hustle and bustle of constant busyness restores the peace of mind you’ve been desperately searching for.
4. Rethink haircare
Hair care is one facet of overall body health that many people overlook. Even though it’s just hair, the products you use may have a negative effect on your hair’s health. If your shampoo or conditioner has any of the following ingredients, it’s time to change up your routine:
- Sodium chloride
- Polyethylene glycols
Opting for a more natural hair care routine will deliver the same silky smooth results you desire most without any of the yucky ingredients destroying your hair over time.
3. Drink more tea
Take a day off from your cup of joe and trade it in for a piping hot cup of tea. Tea is chock full of antioxidants that slow the aging process and keep your body feeling jovial and energetic. Caffeine fiends will be able to get their fix and stay hydrated at the same time. A total win-win.
2. Go au natural
If you’ve ever taken the time to look at the ingredients list on your makeup labels, you may be surprised to find how many chemicals are in your favorite foundations and mascaras. Though most are completely harmless, nixing makeup altogether for a more natural look will allow your skin to breathe and flourish without any cakey clogging. Nowadays there are many different ways you can go organic with your skincare in a way that fits your own style! If you’re not willing to give up that handy concealer, make sure your makeup removal method includes a couple dabs of coconut oil to refresh and reset your pores.
1. Take the stairs
Instead of depending on elevators and escalators to carry you to your desired building level, take the stairs. You’ll be able to get your heart rate up and give your lungs a little exercise. If you’re not one for gym memberships or long runs, this is a great way to naturally and frequently exercise. Consider getting a Fitbit to track your steps and challenge yourself to get more active every day.
Improving your health doesn’t have to be a big, scary project; it can be as simple as drinking more water and skipping the bag of Lays for a bag of baby carrots. The first step to a healthier you is just waiting for you to jump!