The secret to becoming healthier is… There is no secret. But there are some small simple tweaks you can make to your weekly routines to drastically improve your health. They’re surprisingly simple and relatively easy to add into your day to day schedule. Don’t believe us? Give them a try for a week. We dare you.
Drink more water.
Drinking more water to improve your health is one the best things you can do. It can’t be stressed enough. Getting the daily recommended amount of water can help improve your energy levels, control cravings, help clear up your skin, as well as other amazing benefits. Without enough water, you feel more tired and groggy throughout the day. It’s also fairly easy for your body to become bloated because of water retention when it’s trying to keep hydrated. The moral of the story here is obviously that you need to drink enough water throughout the day. To help keep track of your water intake try to use a smart phone app to track each glass of water you have. There are plenty to choose from, from the Fitbit app to an app called Daily Water. If you choose not to use your phone to track your water intake try to use a marked water bottle, which can help remind you to drink water at different times throughout the day.
Get more sleep.
We are well aware that it’s the easiest thing to lay in bed and catch up on your favorite shows until the early hours of the morning or scroll through social media until you drift off to dreamland. However, doing this actually prevents a more restful night’s sleep. To get more sleep have a time where you shut off your electronics, set your phone on silent (remembering to set your alarm,) and take time to decompress before bed. Because getting the proper amount of sleep is important for productivity and health, setting a bed time during the week might be a wise decision. Coffee may be your best friend but when you’re surviving on two or three cups a day, changes to your sleep schedule might be in order.
Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
No, we aren’t saying that you have to give up Taco Tuesday with your friends. However, we are saying that replacing one meal a day with fresh fruits and vegetables will help immensely with how you feel throughout the day. Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring or bland and there are plenty of healthy recipes to try in order to get the nutrients that fresh fruits and vegetables provide.
Pro Tip: Try making a fresh smoothie in the morning with fruits and kale (or spinach.) Morning smoothies are so delicious that they might just make you forget that they’re healthy.
Add in exercise.
Adding in exercise to your weekly schedule doesn’t mean that you have to carve out two hours for the gym a day. It doesn’t even mean that you have to get a fancy gym membership. You could get exercise from walking your dog around the neighborhood a few times or opting to take the stairs at the office/ to class instead of taking the elevator. Exercise can be as little or as much as you feel comfortable doing. However, it’s still important to at least get a little bit in. It gets the blood flowing and can help to increase your energy levels throughout the week.
Pro Tip: If you want to see how much exercise you’re doing without going to the gym, try getting a fitness tracker. There are plenty to choose from and there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to find the perfect one that works for you.
Make sure to rest.
This might seem repetitive because we’ve suggested getting more sleep to have a healthier week. Resting however is a totally different idea than getting enough sleep. Our generation thrives off of busy. People seem to be rushing from one thing to another without getting any time to just be. Make sure you aren’t glorifying the busy and are taking at least one morning or evening a week to have down time. By doing this your body and mind have time to decompress and you aren’t burning yourself out.