As we head into the new year, many of us are taking on New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, big resolutions often get overwhelming and end up being dropped before we even make it to the end of January! We are not asking you to change your entire life but make tiny healthy habits that you can consistently perform without feeling bogged down.
5 Tiny Healthy Habits for 2022
#1 Carry a Water Bottle
This simple, tiny, healthy habit will help you stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking water helps keep our bodies functioning properly and keeps us from getting sick. It also helps flush out toxins! By carrying around a water bottle, you can get down eight glasses a day in no time.
#2 Plan Out Meals
Planning meals ahead makes grocery shopping and cooking healthy meals much more manageable. You don’t have to worry about running out of ingredients, having leftovers, or grabbing fast food because you already know what you’re going to eat. Planning meals also gives you more control over what goes into your body. You can choose ahead of time what you eat to ensure you are getting a healthy, well-balanced diet.
#3 Trade Unhealthy Snacks
When you are working, or on the go, it can be easy to grab unhealthy snacks like chips, crackers, or candy to take with you. Unfortunately, those snacks will not fuel your body correctly. We encourage you to trade out those snacks for healthy ones such as fruit, veggies, yogurt, nuts, and more.
Pro Tip: If you plan your meal in advance, it makes snack planning a breeze!
#4 Schedule Exercising
Motivating yourself to exercise before or after work can be a challenge, especially when you know you have a busy day. By planning when you will exercise, you can ensure you won’t overdo it and that you will have plenty of time to work out safely.
Pro Tip: Exercising on your own isn’t for everyone. If you find it hard to get motivated, don’t feel bad. Instead, sign up for a class or get an accountability buddy to do it with you.
#5 Destress Daily
Like most, your life probably feels chaotic. You may feel like you are running from task to task and never get ahead. This can have a negative effect on your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. We encourage you to make the tiny healthy habit of destressing daily. Take 15 minutes to meditate, journal, read, stretch, go for a walk, or whatever else helps you relax.
Don’t have time but still feel your blood pressure rising? Take just two minutes to practice deep breathing. We promise you will feel better.
Choose to be a Healthier You
You are in charge here. All the advice in the world is nothing without action. You must choose to want to be a healthier you. By selecting this path and actively sticking to it, you can create the change you want to see.