Try these steps to start living a healthier lifestyle today.
Set aside sometime during the week to plan ahead for what your meals will look like for the next several days. Maybe this means you plan recipes and a grocery list to cook meals at home, but it can also mean taking advantage of some of the conveniences available such as scheduling premade dinner deliveries or meal prep boxes that provide all of the ingredients and recipes in one place. Whatever works best for you, having a plan for what to eat during the week helps you stay fueled and can makes it easier to make healthier choices.
Prioritize your sleep
We probably all wish there were more hours in the day to get things done but stealing those hours from your sleep will catch up to you. Getting the recommended 7-9 hours a night will help ensure the hours you are up are more productive ones. Plus you will be more likely to stick to your health goals if your rested and not dragging through the days.
When your days are packed it may be a challenge to fit in the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity each week. Setting reminders and small goals for exercise can help but on days when it’s not going to happen simply making your goal to spend less time sitting has health benefits too. This might mean taking your conference call while pacing around the office, or opting to stand on your train commute home. Start by assessing your typical day and adding up all the hours you spend sitting, then look for small opportunities where you might be able to switch up your routine.
You may want to start conquering all 3 steps at once or it might be easier to tackle one at a time.
The key is to start today – start living your healthier life now!
Hailey Crean, MS, RD, CDE, CSWOM is a nationally-recognized Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and founder of Hailey Crean Nutrition, LLC.
Hailey is active in her field and professional network and currently serves on the executive board of her state dietetic association as well as the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at the national level.
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