We could all use some hacks to make healthy choices in our lives. Sometimes it’s just easier to do what we’ve always done, live the way we grew up and not really make a connection between why you feel sluggish and how you live your adult life. I, for one, could go forever without drinking a glass of water, or exercising (eww) or leaving the house but as an adult I know I need to stop living like a 12 year old. Here are 5 super easy healthy hacks to start tomorrow…
Download the app Moment-Screen Time. This app tracks how much time you spend on your phone. If you are one of those people who is constantly scrolling then you might get a wake up call that you are spending too much needless time on your screen. I’m not suggesting forgoing your connecting online through email, Insta and Facebook but how much do you just see people just scrolling and not really taking in life? Too much IMO.
Drink at least 64 ounces of water per day. Most days I drink even more than this because I once had a kidney stone which was caused by dehydration and believe me you NEVER want to feel this pain! Easiest way of keeping track of water intake is just buying a 32 ounce BPA-free plastic bottle and taking it everywhere you go. That way you can keep track of how many bottles you’ve had in a day. If you rely on just getting a glass of water when you go to lunch etc… #1 that’s not enough and #2 you will forget how much you’ve had at the end of the day and likely it’s not enough anyway.
Do some yoga! I know we hear this a lot and believe me I’m no yogi. I’m the less is more type so all I do is 20 mins a day from a DVD (yes, a DVD) that I’ve had since the early 2000’s. I do 10 mins of basic yoga like sun salutation type stuff and then 10 mins of flexibility/relaxation stuff. I looked on Amazon and surprisingly this DVD is still available so grab it if you want an easy solution to get moving: https://www.amazon.com/Minute-Solution-Yoga-Lara-Hudson/dp/B000A3DGGC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1536867182&sr=8-3&keywords=10+minute+yoga+solution
Go on a walk! I started walking my dog for about 45 mins to an hour everyday a couple months ago because my fiancé’s work schedule changed and he couldn’t do it anymore. Before I’d just take Henry, our cute red beagle mix, on shorter walks but I was forced into it because of the new schedule and it only took one long walk for me to fall in love with it! Not only is it just great to get outside but a lot of my back pain instantly felt better after a long walk. I’m now addicted to these walks! Additional challenge: every now and then try to not listen to music or a podcast and just take in the sights and sounds of your walk.
Read an actual book! I’m an avid reader now but I wasn’t always like that. When I was a kid I absolutely hated reading but I think that’s because I never really read anything I was interested in only the mandatory assigned reading (and I’m very stubborn). As an adult I found my niche—-non-fiction— like how to books, self-help books and memoirs. I live REAL stories about how people did stuff. Bonus points if you actually go to the library (or buy on Amazon) and get the physical book and read it. I just think reading a book without a screen is a simple pleasure (and by the way you are saving your eyes and your battery power).