Perhaps you know that you don’t make the healthiest food choices, and maybe you sit down on the couch when you get home from a long day at work, feeling guilty that you “should” be exercising instead. You may even have a diagnosed health condition or are carrying so much stress around that you can feel your shoulders touching your ears. When you think about changing these habits, potentially habits you’ve had your whole life, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
Being healthy is a lifestyle. Developing new healthy habits will require time and energy, probably lots of it. If it were quick and easy to make these changes, everyone would be at their optimal health.
So where do you start? Trying to make a bunch of changes all at once will likely set you up for failure. So start instead with small steps that will lead to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t bog yourself down by thinking you need to change everything, all at once, in one big life changing way. What is one small change that you can make today, right now, that will lead you to a healthier lifestyle?
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Pack a healthy lunch for tomorrow instead of eating out
- Pre-chop a few vegetables for a quick, healthy snack
- Go for a 20 minute walk in your neighborhood
- Go to bed 10 minutes earlier
- Smile at a stranger
- Swap a can of soda for sparkling water
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator