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Good Habits to Start

Are you trying to improve your health? It can be overwhelming to know where to begin. Here are some good habits to start today.

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Every New Year people make resolutions to have a healthy lifestyle.  By the spring we’ve all fallen off the wagon and back to our old ways.  Making such a broad resolution is hard to keep because there is so much room to fail.  What you need to do is just make a few simple health habits for a healthy lifestyle.

I’ve decided to make a healthy daily habits list that doesn’t take much effort, but you WILL get healthier so you can lead a long and happy life. Isn’t that the best?

I can’t stand the lists that tell you to take an hour a day to yourself and it’s hard enough to get 10 minutes! Remember…it only takes 30 days to make something a habit so why not make it good daily habits.

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Healthy Habits to Start Now

The one thing about making statements like, “I’m going to be healthier.” is that entails a bunch of different aspects of your life. It’s hard to go in and change everything all at once. That’s why this list is fantastic. They include easy changes in all the areas to begin your healthy living journey.

Reduce Your Coffee Intake

I know this can be a real challenge for some and changing your morning routine can be hard.  After my third child was born I needed A LOT of coffee to get through the day.  I decided to cut back and I can not tell you how much better I slept at night.  I still go by this and only have a cup, maybe 2 and only before lunch.  If I have any coffee after lunch I have trouble sleeping at night.

Go to bed just thirty minutes earlier

You knew I was going to say something about sleep after reading #2!  Just try this for a week and I KNOW you will be able to tell a difference.  It doesn’t seem like 30 minutes will make a huge difference, but it’s HUGE!

Wash your Hands

This is so easy to do. Take a few extra minutes a day and wash your hands or hand sanitize. I’ve said it before, but I don’t even want to think of what germs are on those store buggies. Yes, I’m southern and say buggies!

Drink Water

This is such an easy, simple, and FREE way to become healthier.  It’s so easy to grab a glass and fill it up with water.  I have a fun refillable cup to drink out of and I’ve just gotten into the habit of carrying it around everywhere I go.

Drinking more water has a ton of health benefits such as fewer headaches, better memory and help with weight loss.

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Park Further Away

I know… this is hard to do when you see a close parking space.  You’ll probably get into the store faster if you park in the back instead of driving around looking for a close parking space.  Those extra steps give you a little more exercise and that’s good! Over time these steps add up. Any extra physical activity is good.

Another easy thing to so do is use the stairs instead of the elevator.

Exchange one snack for a fruit or vegetable

Healthy eating habits can make such a difference in how your body feels and healthy eating should be a priority. Let’s face it, we are all busy and it’s hard. Make an effort when eating to grab an orange, apples, or grapes instead of chips or cookies. Bad eating habits can be some of the hardest to change but this is an easy change to your daily routine.

Do Meatless Mondays

Make one dinner a week meatless. Eating vegetarian (or vegan) can give you some extra vitamins your body needs. Just make sure to something healthy, not cheese pizza! There is more and more evidence that reducing red meat can reduce heart disease. Example meals could be 4 ingredient tuna cakes or honey orange salmon.

Eat Breakfast

If you aren’t eating breakfast, this could be hard to do. I know you’ve heard that breakfast is the most important part of the day and it is. Not having breakfast can make you tired and irritable. It doesn’t have to be a big meal. Just grab something small like yogurt or fruit. They even have oatmeal in to-go containers now so you can eat on your commute or once you get to work.

Eat out less

Sometimes it can make life easier to just grab fast food or eat out. Food that you get out at a restaurant will typically be fatter, saltier, have larger portions AND will cost you more. Just grab some food at your supermarket next time you go to keep it in your pantry when you don’t have time to cook. I ALWAYS have ingredients to make spaghetti, tacos and breakfast for dinner. Those are perfect last-minute meals to have around.

Take a Multivitamin

I love these NatureMade® Multi for Her gummies I bought at Walmart.

I can grab two when I’m running out the door and it doesn’t add any extra time to my day.  Having a boost to your immune system is super easy. They are the leading brand for vitamins, minerals, and supplements. *

OK- Now’s the easy part! Pick a few good habits to start and begin your health journey today.

*Based in part on data reported by Nielsen through its Scantrack Service for the Vitamins Category for 52-week period ending 1/02/2016, for the xAOC Market. Copyright © 2016 Nielsen.