At the beginning of the year, many people set themselves the goal of living healthier lives. Maybe you are one of them. And even if that’s a great goal, it sounds pretty abstract at first. What is healthy at all? And what do you have to do so that you can say at the end of the year: Yes, this year I lived really healthier.
I want to share some habits with you that belong to a healthy lifestyle for me or make it easier to go through everyday life healthier. The great thing about habits is that once you get used to something, you don’t have to think about it anymore and it’s not exhausting anymore. Because healthy should not mean to forbid things or to lead a convulsive life.
If a few of these habits appeal to you, I would therefore also recommend that you proceed slowly. First, take one thing out and try it out for a few weeks. And if you find that it’s easy for you, you can go about the next thing. So you really manage to adopt a long-term healthy lifestyle and not make it a New Year’s resolution that is thrown overboard after a few weeks.
1. drink more water
It is actually such a simple thing and yet we often drink far too little. A simple way to remember how to drink water is to have a reusable bottle with you at all times throughout the day. And not just when you get thirsty. As soon as you have emptied the bottle, it will be refilled immediately. Put it somewhere where you can’t miss it, e.g. on your desk. At some point, you don’t even think about it anymore and don’t even need the thirst that reminds you of drinking.
Make a point of how much water you want to drink every day. Depending on how much you drink at the moment, e.g. 1.5, 2 or 2.5 liters. So you can also check whether you really drink more. There are also apps in which you have a plant that you water, depending on how much you drink and if you drink too little it dies. If you are a type for something like this, you can find such an app here.
2. shopping with a plan and without hunger
I don’t know about you, but when most things in my kitchen are healthy and fresh, it’s so much easier for me to eat healthy too. That’s clear because then you have much more healthy options and less unhealthy ones. So go shopping full and write a shopping list beforehand. So you are less seduced and do not forget anything! Fresh and unprocessed food is always good, but of course, there is nothing to stop you from indulging in something unhealthy. 🙂
If you’re more interested in the topic, I’ll soon be happy to post a blog post on the subject of healthy shopping and write the foods that I may not be missing!
3. prepare fruits & vegetables
I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks that we humans are getting lazier and lazier. You get so many products ready to eat or delivered to your door the very next day. I don’t want to talk badly about it here, but it tempts us to choose these simple and often unhealthier options. If you notice that this is holding you back from a healthier lifestyle, I advise you to work against it.
Wash your fruit and vegetables right after shopping and prepare them by cutting them, peeling them, etc. I find salad especially annoying to wash off. And carrots or the like can be cut so that you can snack them quickly. This is the shallower form of “meal prepping”, but if you want to prepare whole dishes, of course, you are welcome to do so. Of course, this is a bit more time-consuming.
4. precooking beans, pulses & rice
Beans, chickpeas or whole grains are great vegetable protein sources (and also good for other things ;). In the supermarket, you will find beans and pulses mostly in canned food, but it is cheaper, healthier and more environmentally friendly to buy these foods uncooked and then cook them yourself. It’s not as time-consuming as you might think. The only thing you need is some planning, as beans and chickpeas are best soaked for a few hours.
If you prepare food with a long cooking time (such as rice) at the beginning or end of the week, you will save time during the week and thus also excuses for eating unhealthy food. You should only make sure that you consume the food within a few days, otherwise, it will be bad.
I always find it amazing when I meet people who don’t eat breakfast. I love breakfast and was therefore never a person who found it difficult. But when I don’t eat anything or only a little in the morning due to lack of time or hunger, I notice a clear difference. I then find it more difficult to decide on healthy food for the rest of the day and sometimes overestimate myself at noon/evening. I also lack the morning energy kick I get from vitamins.
My tip to all those who don’t like breakfast is definitely smoothies. Depending on what you put in and how much you put in, they can fill you up very much or less and you can drink them on the way. You can even prepare them in the evening, but then the color is often not as nice.
6. plan for more sports than your goal is to do
I’ve talked a lot about nutrition now, and even though it’s the bulk of a healthy lifestyle, I’d like to say something about exercise and sport. If you find it hard to do regular exercise (jogging, gym, etc.), this tip is for you. First of all, it is important that you have a goal about how much exercise you want to do. This is the only way to measure progress and feel good when you reach a goal.
Next, think about how you can achieve this goal. Maybe you want to go jogging three times a week. But instead of setting three days a week when you do that, try planning more, four times. The advantage is that if something comes up (and that happens again and again), you will still reach your goal. And if nothing comes up, you have exceeded your goal, which is an even better feeling! But it is always important with goals that they are realistic, so be honest with yourself.
7. more sport through locomotion
If you haven’t found the sport that you enjoy or just don’t want to make room for in your calendar yet, an easy solution is to get more exercise in your everyday life. Maybe you can go to school/work/university by bike or walk. Choose the stairs, go for a walk instead of lying on the sofa, there is certainly a possibility for everyone to go more actively through the day.
Even if these are not the most blatant workouts, such things will make a difference in the long run and you will feel better, both physically and mentally!