It takes at least 66 days to form a new habit and it takes minimum 90 days to break it. Either to make it or break it, making a change is always hard. However, to lead a healthy and happy life, sometimes we have to bring few changes to our existing lifestyle. Most of us start and end the healthy habits in just a matter of few days. Instead of pushing yourself to accept so many changes all at once, take an year and try to form the new habits slowly one at a time. If you do so, you can stick with every habit and find a better you pretty soon.
Make One Change A Month
Drink More Water
Often we over look the importance of drinking adequate amount of water. Drinking 8 ounces per day will hydrate your body parts and flush out the toxins. As it keeps you fuller all day long, you will eat less (easy weight loss) as well. Instead of taking plain water, you can also have a glass of fresh juices too.
Stop Skipping The Breakfast
Studies suggest that people who skip breakfast become victims of obesity. No matter how less you eat, never skip your morning meal. Your breakfast can be as simple as “a bowl of whole grain cereal with zero fat milk + fruit or whole wheat toast with low fat cheese + yogurt”.
Get minimum 7 Hours Of Continuous Sleep
Researches claim that one quarter of total world population do not get enough sleep due to work or habit. Giving enough sleep to your body will strengthen your immune system and protect you from the illnesses like cold or flu. It also lowers the risk of developing heart diseases and diabetes. If you want to stay healthy get at least 7 to 8 hours of continuous sleep every day.
Keep A Food Journal
Keep a track on what you eat. It will help you to double the weight loss benefits. It will also help you to spot and replace the unhealthy habits with the healthy habits.
Go For Walk
Form a habit of walking for at least 30 minutes per day. It’s more beneficial when you walk under the sun when rays are mild (usually morning).This morning workout can keep you active to the rest of the day, you can get free Vitamin D as well. If you can’t spare your minutes in morning, you can split 30 minutes into two 15 minutes session.
Eat More Fruits And Veggies
As fruits and veggies are loaded with fiber and natural sugar i.e., low calories, it’s nothing wrong even if you eat stomach full of these gems.
Trade Your Larger Plates With Smaller One
When you trade the larger plates with smaller one, even small quantity of food will look fuller. It will trick your mind to send the “Fuller” signal to your stomach.
Go Meatless Thrice A Week
You don’t need to give up meat entirely but you can prefer least at least 2 to 3 meatless meals per week for better health. Skipping meat especially red meat, will lower the risk of cancer and other heart diseases.
Find A Companion For Workout
Doing work out with your buddy increases the motivation and adds more fun to your routine. When you go for a walk every day at a fixed time, chances are, you can meet y likely minded people. Soon you will get more social connections too.
Perfect the art of slow eating. Take smaller bites, chew each bite slower & longer. Though it takes few more extra minutes , it can provide you the profound effects. It helps you lose weight, relieves stress and improves digestion.
Find Some Time To Bond With Your Family
Keeping up with technology is okay but hearing continuous buzz from your phone and other devices have proven to increase the risk of stress, depression and other sleep disorders. Take a resolution to unplug from technology and bond with family and surroundings once in a while.
Never Skip Your Meal
Don’t let your social calendar ruin all your prior efforts. It may seem tempting, when you involve with some work to make your loved ones happy. You may forget about your meal while making the party hall ready for your friends or family. At the end of the day, your body will get tired and you will become more hungrier. Obviously, you will end up eating more. No matter how busy you are, never skip your meals and ruin your previous efforts.
Create one new health promoting habit each month, stick with your habits and by this time next year, you will be a whole new better you.
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