Easy Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle

Being healthy doesn't always mean working out everyday and only eating fruits and veggies. Being healthy can be incorporated into anyone's lifestyle and in surprising ways too. Here are some easy ways you can achieve a a healthier lifestyle without much effort. 

A shot of Apple Cider Vinegar before breakfast. Just one shot, because I know how painful it is to get this stuff down. Quickly take the shot before breakfast to boost your metabolism, digestive system, strengthens the immune system and burns fat. These are just a few of the many benefits ACV has on the body. 

Stretching before bed. It makes sense to stretch in the morning, but stretching before bed is extremely beneficial too. Stretching before bed can improve the quality of rest you get, lessen stress, and promote relaxation. Winding down before bed helps calm your body and mind. Also, certain stretches before bed really helps the digestive system.

Eat a bigger breakfast and a smaller dinner. Here is something to think about; Why would you drive all day on an low tank and then fill up your car when you reach your destination?  Same with eating. Eat a bigger (healthy and well-rounded) breakfast to give you more energy throughout the day and help you snack less. Eating a smaller dinner is much better for your digestive system, helps you lose or maintain a healthy weight, and improve overall health. When your body doesn't use the calories right away, it turns them into triglycerides, and too much of this is not good for your health. Take a look at this article

Stop drinking sugary drinks. So many people I know opt out of drinking water with their high calorie meals. Why add an extra 200 calories of liquid to your 600 calorie meal? High calorie drinks are loaded with artificial sugar and chemicals. Your body has no need for that. I like to say "I'd rather eat my calories than drink them." Choosing water is cheaper too. Many restaurants charge about $2 for drinks, but a cup of water is always free. If you have extra weight you'd like to drop, cut sugary drinks out of your diet completely and stick to water. You'd be surprised at how much weight you will drop if you are a regular soda drinker. 

Even minimal movement is good movement. Exercising isn't always my thing, that's why I like to watch what I eat instead. But, that doesn't mean I can completely skip exercising. I get tired out quick, so a five-ten minute workout is perfect for me. Getting your heart rate up, blood flowing, and body moving for however long is going to be beneficial. Even if you do 25 jumping jacks before you hop in the shower in the morning. 

Pack your food from home. From work, to school, to a road trip, packing your lunch at home is not only cost efficient, but healthier too. You know exactly what you are eating and where it is coming from. A well balanced lunch from home including a sandwich, fruit, a snack and some water is a much better choice than some fast food off highway whatever. 

Go all natural when possible. A couple ways I've gone all natural are in my skincare and deodorant. Surprisingly, many skincare products have harmful chemicals added to them. Check out my favorite natural skin products here. Your body knows what to do with all natural products and uses them to actually help heal and replenish your skin. For deodorant, I use Baking Soda that doesn't contain any aluminum. Aluminum is found in many deodorant products and is very harmful to your health. It is linked to cancer, Alzheimer's and can weakens your bones. There are many all natural deodorants on the market, but if you want to use straight baking soda, make sure you pat it on and not rub. 

Record what you eat. This may seem like extra work, but recording what you eat is really easy and simple with MyFitnessPal. MyFitnessPal is a free app you can get on your phone where you can record what you eat throughout the day. Majority of foods have been verified and they usually have exactly what you are looking for. They also have restaurant meals and you can change the portioning for everything. You can set it up so the app will notify you to record your meal. The app also gives you a detailed chart of your fiber, carb, sugar, and sodium intake for the day. Recording what you eat is a great way to hold yourself accountable for what goes into your body and to control your calorie intake. I like to use the app to make sure I'm getting enough fiber and making sure I don't eat more than the recommended carbs, sugar and sodium. 

Shower in cold water. Studies say that taking your shower in cold water boosts your metabolism, gives you more energy, is better for your hair and skin, and improves your blood circulation. If you don't want to give up your warm shower completely, you could do something called the Scottish Shower; switching to cold water halfway through. 

Obviously, these are not going to make you live to 100, but if you are wanting to add more healthy activities into your daily routine, these tips are great for that. I hope you learned something new! 

What is your favorite way to stay healthy?