15 Simple Ways To Be Healthier In 2021
Use Smaller Plates
Smaller plates equal smaller portions. A lot of times our eyes are bigger than our stomachs and we pile more food on our plate than we really need. Making your plate in the kitchen is another trick. That way you consciously have to get up to grab seconds.
Everything In Moderation
Did you just order fast food or pizza? Start off the following morning with a healthy breakfast and a salad filled with veggies for lunch. Eating one cheat meal per week won't kill your diet, but three or four consistent unhealthy meals will definitely set you back from your goals.
Don't Drink Your Calories
A sugary drink every once in a while is okay and can even keep cravings at bay, but a soda per day will definitely put a damper on your diet and fitness goals. Swap out soda for water or green tea.
Eat More Veggies
Buy vegetables that stay fresh in the fridge for multiple days, such as bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, sugar snap peas, etc. Cut up a few vegetables and put them in individual ziplock bags for a quick on-the-go snack. At dinner time, fill half your plate with veggies and then add protein and carbs.
Meal Prep On Sundays
Meal prepping doesn't have to be difficult or take up hours of your Sunday afternoon. Begin by prepping lunch for the work-week. Our favorite quick meal prep is a classic grilled chicken salad. You'll thank us when you have lunch for the work week and don't have to think twice about what to eat.
Having trouble thinking of meal prep ideas? Try this one out!
Classic Grilled Chicken Salad
Get out four containers and fill each one with a couple of handfuls of spinach or romaine lettuce (or both!)
Top each with grilled or baked chicken, a hard-boiled egg, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
Leave the salad dressing on the side to keep the ingredients fresh. Enjoy!
Move Your Body
Buy A Standing Desk
Are you leading a sedentary lifestyle? One of the easiest ways to stand and walk more is to invest in a standing desk. Choose a desk that converts from sitting to standing and make it your goal to stand a little longer each day.
Embrace Shorter Workouts
No matter what anyone says, we all have time for a 20 or 30-minute workout. Skip the hour-long workout sessions and aim for 30 minutes of high-intensity training. It's only 2% of your day... that's it!
Take the stairs, go for a 5-minute walk on your lunch break, or take your dog around the block. Any little excuse to get up and get moving will burn calories. Taking small breaks throughout the day also keeps the day moving and energizes you.
Stretching your body and improving your flexibility not only keeps you limber but decreases your chances for injuries. If you wake up in the morning feeling stiff, you are not alone. Aim for 5-10 minutes of daily stretching before you start work in the morning.
Be More Active
On the weekends it's so easy to fall into a routine of staying in and watching tv. Plan activities for the whole family, such as playing at the park, going to the zoo, indoor rock climbing, etc. When you're out being active and having fun, you forget you're even exercising.
Calm Your Mind
Each evening before bed name off a few things you are thankful for and something good that happened to you that day. Going to bed with a thankful heart is an ideal way to practice gratitude and can help calm you down before trying to fall asleep.
Find A Podcast
Stay motivated by choosing a podcast that interests you and encourages positive changes in your life. Driving to and from work is the ideal time to listen to a podcast. Working from home? Tune in to a podcast while you get ready in the morning.
Do you find yourself binge-watching mindless TV shows? Pick up or order a new book to get lost in an adventure or learn a new hobby. A plethora of information is readily available to us. Read a short online article each day that interests you, but also keeps you informed.
Use Sticky Notes
Leave yourself little reminders of goals, inspirational sayings, and positive affirmations. Put them in multiple locations you visit throughout the day, such as your bathroom mirror, desk, car, or kitchen. Positive thoughts can have a huge impact on your day, especially when you're going through a rough patch.
Work On a Hobby
Most of us have hobbies we enjoy, but it can be easy to lose sight of them when life gets busy. Engaging in a project you love will lower your stress levels and leave you feeling accomplished outside of the workplace. Make time for a hobby at least once per week.