10 Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle
Whether you're sticking to your New Year's resolutions or trying to achieve year-round health and wellness goals, here are 10 actionable tips to help you succeed at living a healthier, happier life.
1) Take the stairs.
Whenever you have the option, choose to take the stairs (sorry elevator music fans)! It's a small change with big benefits that will give you a quick burst of energy!
2) Find an accountability buddy.
If you can’t safely meet a friend to workout in person, you can still share your workout goals via text, social media, and workout apps to keep yourself accountable, motivated, and on target! You can even make plans to go on virtual "workout dates" (or in person when it’s safe to do so). It's a smart way to stay fit while getting your social fix! Don't forget to log your physical activity in your favorite Erin Condren Wellness Planner!
3) Swap soda for water & tea.
Exchange that daily carbonated beverage for water or tea. Whether you're making spa water at home with fun fruit enhancers or brewing a cup at the office, this quick switch will make a difference!
4) Use a meal planner before shopping so you have healthy foods on hand.
Don't resort to take-out or restaurant deliveries! Use a meal planner on Sundays, or your favorite day to plan for the week ahead, so you have healthy food choices lined up and a meal plan that’s easy to follow. Bonus: save time by making enough for healthy and hearty lunch leftovers!
5) Carry healthy snacks.
Write out a grocery list of healthy snacks to pack and carry with you on the go so you're less likely to make impulsive, less nutritious choices! Fruits, veggies, trail mix, and the like are healthy, tasty alternatives to vending machine munchies.
6) Park farther away from building entrances for added steps.
Resist the temptation to take the first spot outside the entrance to your office, local stores, and more. Parking farther away ensures you add more steps to your daily total! (Plus, you’ll likely save time by avoiding cruising for a coveted close spot.)
7) Plan small, non-food-related rewards.
Reward yourself with something other than food! If you crush that test, nail that interview, or simply survive the work week, plan a fun treat like a stress-busting bath or new organization accessories for your home or office as a fun and functional reward!
8) Stop eating after 8 pm.
If possible, cut down on late-night snacking by eating an earlier dinner and not eating after 8 pm. Not only does this allow your body to burn fat while you sleep, but it can also prevent heartburn and indigestion!
9) Buy cute workout clothes to inspire you.
Everything's more fun with a colorful outfit! Find bright, happy workout clothes that reflect your personality and that are easy, comfortable, and enjoyable to wear!
10) Don't forget to meditate!
Whether you love to start your day with mindfulness meditation or you set an alarm at work to take some "me time," don't forget to schedule time for reflection! Another great opportunity: using a Self Care Journal or writing in a Gratitude Journal before bedtime. Mental health is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle; and prioritizing self-care and practicing gratitude are key to healthy living.
Support your goals with the right tools. Explore our collection of prompted planners and journals for mindful living here.