4 Habits to Develop to Get Fit and Stay That Way
If you are already doing these things, amazing! If not, we will be releasing a 21-Day Better Habits Challenge very soon! Be on the lookout for your opportunity to enter that challenge. In the meantime, here are some habits to keep you on the right path for lifelong wellness.
Develop a Regular Exercise Routine
The importance of setting aside daily time to move your body cannot be understated. It’s important, right! We all know it. Walk your dog, hit the gym, take a yoga class, play with your kids, ride your bike. However you choose to exercise, make it a priority, and make it a habit. Your heart, mind, and body will thank you!
Find something you truly enjoy doing and make it a part of your daily routine. It is a sweet victory when you have created a habit out of something that is as beneficial as exercise, so put this one at the top of the list.
Eat a Healthy Diet
To establish a habit around food, you need to regularly be making the right choices and eating the “bad” stuff in moderation. You really “are what you eat” so eat the rainbow of vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, and healthy grains. Limit sugar and processed foods. Be adventurous with your home cooking and try new, healthy recipes that keep you interested in food that nourishes your body.
Treat yourself every once in a while, and remember that food is to be enjoyed, not disparaged. It takes some discipline, but start making small changes with your diet to develop some new habits that lead to bigger and better changes.
Get Some Vitamin D
Studies have shown that more than 35% of adults in the United States have a vitamin D deficiency. The National Library of Medicine calls this a “major public health problem worldwide in all age groups.” A vitamin D deficiency can cause a number of health problems including depression, anxiety, bone loss, hair loss, fatigue and a compromised immune system.
To counter this epidemic, you can ensure you are working ways to include vitamin D into your habits. Get outside for a minimum of 20 minutes per day. The sun is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamin D. Just be sure you are being safe! Talk to your doctor about supplements if necessary and eat vitamin D rich foods like fatty fish, eggs, and yogurt to make sure you are meeting your daily requirements of this essential vitamin.
Get Enough Sleep
It is commonly recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. How often are you able to do that with the busy pace of life these days? If you are working on new, healthy habits, this is an important one.
You can start improving your sleep patterns by incorporating a bedtime routine, creating a comfortable and inviting sleep environment, and limiting your screen time one hour prior to bedtime. Try reading or meditating before sleep to calm your mind and set yourself up for quality ZzZzZzZz. If you are able to master these habits, you will start each morning with a fresh mind that is ready to take on the challenges of the day.
We hope you are working toward developing healthy habits and taking great care of yourself. You matter, and the world needs the very best version of you! If you could use some encouragement in your health journey, check out the new BE WELL + BE GREAT Facebook group by MOXY Active. We are growing this community for YOU to share, grow and learn on your way to lifelong wellness.