The TOP 10 Things I Do Every Day To Lose the Weight AND Keep It Off! ( Besides Eat On-Plan:)
The TOP 10 Things I Do Every Day To Lose the Weight
AND Keep It Off!
(Besides Eating On Plan:)
Sometimes it can feel like maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an overwhelming challenge that doesn’t fit within the realities of daily life. It’s tough to hold down a full-time job, eat well, make homemade meals, spend quality time with your family/partner, and meditate for an hour each day. Makes you tired thinking about it, right?
Of course, healthy living can incorporate all these things (if you want it to), but it doesn’t have to be defined by grandiose displays of health and fitness. These TV ads you see with people with six-pack abs are at a body fat that is not necessarily healthy or realistic.
So much of healthy living is really made up of small things we do daily—things that are so small they don’t feel momentous, but that, done consistently over time, add up to produce big results.
Here’s 10 things I do (nearly every day) to boost my health & well-being.
- Stand up every 30 minutes while working
Reduce the harmful effects of sitting (like at your desk job) by standing up and moving around for a minute or two every half hour. The American heart association says that sitting is the new smoking. And its hard on your lower back too.
- Get sunlight every day
Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for overall health, and sunlight is one of our best sources of it. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of sunlight each day—preferably in the afternoon, and without sunscreen! Not much sunlight in the winter where you live? It might be worth supplementing with a vitamin D supplement and/or other food sources of this essential nutrient. We have a great one, that’s transdermal and works great; if you’re interested let us know.
- Fill your home with houseplants
Houseplants help to cleanse your indoor air (sadly, it probably needs it!), they’re pretty, and research even shows they improve mood, creativity and problem solving! We like talking to ours😊
- Get enough sleep
We’ve written and talked about this a lot, that’s because it is so important. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. But in addition to quantity, quality of sleep matters too! Keep your bedroom cool at night, avoiding blue light (computers and cell phones) after dark. And don’t eat right before going to bed.
- Start your day with a healthy morning routine
Start each day with fulfilling activities that set the tone for how you want to feel—whether that’s inspired, relaxed, productive, or something else. 😄 The snooze button is not your friend! Move it across the room until your body is used to getting up at the same time. Get up at the same time EVERY day. Stretch in bed before getting up, stretch in bed once you sit up. Have a big glass of water ready to drink as soon as you are awake. And make your bed
- Spend time alone
Spending regular time alone helps to get to know and stay in touch with yourself (we’re all constantly growing and changing!). Alone time is an opportunity to check in with how you’re doing and what you want, so you can live your most intentional life. Some people enjoying hiking, going for a walk, meditating, or even sunbathing as a healthy source of alone time. ☀️
- Do things you enjoy
This often gets overlooked as an essential element of healthy living—doing things each day that you enjoy! Whether that’s exercise, baking, crafting, reading a book or watching TV, reserve time each day to spend doing activities you personally enjoy. Make sure it is reserved, meaning a beginning time & ending time:)
- Smile often
Smiling boosts your physical and mental health (it’s true!), so find ways to smile as often as you can throughout the day. This one is the most unnatural for me personally, but when I make myself smile, I can not help but feel happier, try it!
- Work on overcoming your fears
Fears hold us back and keep us from living life as our best self. Acknowledge your fears and take steps to overcome them. (One example of this is overcoming the fear of public speaking to open new doors in your career and personal life.)
- Practice gratitude
Practice gratitude each day—this could be when you wake up, before bed, or during your lunch break at work. Here are our favorite tips for finding more gratitude in your daily life, plus a rundown of the physical and mental health benefits of practicing gratitude regularly.
You don’t have to do everything, and you don’t have to do it all at once.
You’re more likely to do things you actually enjoy.
So, take note of which of these healthy living tips sound most enjoyable to you and start there!