#1 figure out your “why”
Why do you want to live/have a healthier lifestyle? What are your short-term and long-term goals? This may seem easy but for many people, it’s not. Your “why” should be positive. For example: “ I want to gain strength and endurance.” is a positive statement vs. “ I hate my body and I need to lose weight in order for people to like me”. The end result of both of these statements could be the same, but framing and approaching your goals negatively could in fact slow your progress down by a lot. There are many ways to switch your negative thoughts about your body but the one that has worked well for me is daily positive affirmations about my body- “ I love my body and am thankful for it every day” you’d be surprised as to how much your mental health and physical health are connected.
#2 Drink more water
I know you’ve heard this before, but have you ever wondered why? For one, water plays a huge role in our digestion processes. It also helps to curb our appetite and flush out all the toxins from our bodies. Water is necessary to burn fat and calories. If you’re not used to drinking a lot of water – start small. Try adding a glass or two more every day until you reach your goal amount!
# 3 Add more movement to your day!
These days, we have so many different options for getting around. Whether it’s taking the bus, driving, taking an uber – all these options are convenient, but can also be a disadvantage for us when it comes to our health because they all lead to us walking less. A good way to incorporate more movement in your day is to have a step-count goal for yourself and make sure you meet that every day. If that means walking around your block or even just going up and down your stairs at home a few times, adding more movement plays a huge role in creating a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Written by Health & Fitness Contributor Tara Raman