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These 10 healthy lifestyle tips can help you feel & look your best. We’re keeping our tips short, sweet and easy to do each day. Sometimes it’s easier to start new healthy habits when you know why it’s important. So we’ll also look at what these healthy lifestyle tips can do for you!
What can a healthy lifestyle do for you?
A healthy lifestyle can help you have an overall higher quality of living.
- Help maintain a healthy weight
- Improve mood
- Help prevent lifestyle-related disease
- Boost energy
10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips
1. Maintain a Healthy Diet
This whole post could be focused on healthy eating, couldn’t it? We practice everything in moderation, but you might find a certain diet works for you.
We’ve reviewed several to help you find what works for you including: Low Carb, Macros, 131 Diet, Clean Eating, 2B Mindset, Nutrisystem and the Whole 30.
The gist of every diet is to eat more complex carbs, lean proteins, and healthy fats. You’ll also want to reduce sugary and processed choices.
You’ll need to find what works for you longterm as part of your healthy lifestyle.
2. Stay Hydrated
There’s no reason to carry gallon jugs around with you, but you need to stay hydrated. The general rule is to drink half your body weight in ounces per day. Therefore, if you weight 150lbs, you’d drink 75 ounces of water over a day.
3. Give Up Smoking & Limit Alcohol
Smoking and alcohol are two habits that require attention. We all know any smoking can be linked to harmful effects.
With that said, alcohol isn’t always painted as worrisome. We love our wine, but studies have shown drinking more than 1 glass per day can cause harmful effects.
In general, risks exceed benefits until middle age, when cardiovascular disease begins to account for an increasingly large share of the burden of disease and death.
So just something to keep in mind.
4. Brush Your Teeth
We all know to brush our teeth, but it’s not just for fresh breath and to avoid nasty teeth.
Brushing your teeth may lower risk of heart disease, help your memory, reduces risk of infections & inflammation, help maintain blood sugar levels, and even help during pregnancy (source).
5. Get Enough Sleep
Did you know only about 1 in 4 get enough sleep per night?! There is also no proof that we can “catch up” on sleep either.
Sleeping has been linked to better health, energy and even an higher income. So there is no reason to skimp. None.
If you have a hard time getting enough sleep or sleeping soundly, check out our Ultimate Guide to Sleeping Better.
6. Exercise 3-5x a Week
Working out just 30 minutes a day most days a week can help you feel and look your best. Exercise is linked to higher levels of happiness and helps you maintain a healthy weight.
If you’re intimidated to go to the gym, or you need a quick workout at home – check out our Guide to At Home Workouts.
We know it can be tough to find a workout you like and even harder to stick to it. For that reason, we started our 21 Day Challenge to help you get max results quicker.
7. Practice Self Care
Self Care can be anything from meditation to just taking a few minutes for yourself. If you’re needing ideas of how to implement self-care, we provided 17 ideas here!
If you’re rolling your eyes at this, or thinking you don’t have time – we were right there with you.
BUT — stress causes everything from memory loss and changes in mood to obesity and disease. So don’t miss the mental part of living a healthy lifestyle. It’s just as important as your nutrition and exercise.
8. Say No
Part of self care is not overloading yourself with obligations. Saying “No” can help you prioritize what is most important to you and help you be more present in the moment.
It’s also helped us with our self-worth and self-confidence because we are able to do things better than trying to do everything just ok.
The world will keep spinning. Take something off your plate.
A quick way to break the “YES” habit is to say “Thank you for thinking of me. Let me check my calendar and get back with you.”
This gives you time to decide if you want to do something versus hopping right on in to everything.
9. Let Go of Negativity
Negativity can lead to grudges, depression, stress and general unhappiness at the least.
Letting go of negativity might be giving up a friendship, limiting your time scrolling on social media or even changing how you talk to yourself.
If you’re struggling with talking down to yourself, 2 books that helped us are Girl Wash Your Face and So Long Insecurity.
If you’re open to listening to good things that make you better, we have a full list of books that have helped us become healthier and happier.
10. Use Protection
We’re pretty nice, Southern girls. So we’ll say protection could be something relating to the bedroom AND sunscreen outside the bedroom. How about that? You get us?
Treating ourselves and our skin with love means giving it the protection it needs. Sun damage can lead to wrinkles and skin cancer. Just not worth it when you’re hitting the other 9 tips to a healthy lifestyle!
We love a good spray tan instead!
How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle Longterm
Healthy living doesn’t have to be challenging.
In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you just need to make it easy to follow healthy habits and harder to follow bad habits.
You don’t have to have perfect habits to be considered healthy either. While we’d love for you to follow all 10 healthy lifestyle tips, 3 are the most important. They are quit or don’t smoke, maintain a healthy body weight, and get some kind of exercise 3-5 times a week for 30 minutes or more (source).
We also totally support setting weight loss rewards to keep you motivated each step of the way too!
Did these healthy lifestyle tips help you?
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