2020 is the year to start living healthily. Work on making the following habits a part of your routine and see how they change your life!
1. Eat in rather than eat out
Cooking your meals at home allows you to choose healthier ingredients and monitor portion sizes, so you don’t end up overeating calories that don’t nourish your body.
2. Cut back on your sugar intake
It tastes oh so good, but it’s oh so bad for your heart and overall health. This year try cutting back on your sugar consumption significantly. That means ditch the soda and cupcakes! If you can’t live without that sweet taste, try a sugar substitute like stevia or xylitol.
3. Try to get 8 hours of sleep a night
Not getting enough sleep can affect all aspects of your health and mood. Studies show that getting 8 hours of sleep a night is just the right amount to give your body the rest it needs and to recharge your mind. If going to bed early isn’t your thing, try going to sleep 5 minutes earlier each night until you achieve a full 8 hours. If you find you can’t fall asleep, here are some ways to make yourself drift off to dream land.
4. Drink plenty of water
Water is so underrated. It literally benefits every part of your body from your kidneys to your muscles to your skin. If you can, try to work your way up to drinking a gallon of water a day. You might have to use the restroom more, but you’ll feel amazing!
5. Spend more time outside
Nature can be super therapeutic. It’s serene, beautiful, and it’s important to get a little bit of fresh air every day. You can go for a walk or just sit outside but get out there and appreciate the gift that is mother nature!
6. Take daily supplements
Whether they’re immune boosters, weight loss promotors, or pain-relieving supplements, take them daily to improve your overall health. Make sure they’re all natural like theseand you’re good to go!
7. Wear sunscreen EVERY DAY
When we say every day, we mean EVERY DAY. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining, snowing, or cloudy outside. The sun’s rays can still hit your skin on the dreariest of days which can increase your risk of melanoma (skin cancer). Protect your skin all 2020 and apply your sunscreen!
8. Spend time with friends and family
Making time to hang out with your tribe is essential to your mental and physical wellbeing. Having the ability to share your life with people who make you feel good can benefit your health in many ways, so call up your best friend and make a dinner date ASAP!
9. Find a hobby
It’s drilled into our heads by other people and social media that we have to constantly be working and that for any of our endeavors to have value they have to be making us money. Let us be the first ones to tell you, that’s B.S. Find something you love this 2020 and do it because you want to. If it makes you money, great! But if it just brings you sheer enjoyment, even better!