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How To Start a Healthier life

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My Top Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

In this article I’m going to be showing you guys my top tips for starting a healthy lifestyle.

 

Tip One: Cut Out Processed Foods

My first tip is to cut out processed foods and one of my favorite ways to just eat natural, healthy and raw is to make juices. You can buy fresh pressed juice, but I actually like to make juice so I’m using some carrots, apples and kale. You can use whatever you like. This is a great way to get your greens in. It’s going to deliver vitamins and nutrients to your body and it seriously tastes so good. You can’t even taste the green and smoothies are another great way to fuel and nurture your body. What’s also great about smoothies and juices is that they’re already blended up so they give your digestive system a little bit of a break.

 

Tip Two: Replace Soda with Tea or Carbonated Water

We’re going to have to touch on this sooner or later and that is replacing soda with tea or carbonated water. Something to replace soda with is various sorts of tea. I like to drink my tea and kind of look up new recipes online, but you will feel immediate results in your body when you cut out soda. You’re going to have a lot more energy, you’re not going to be as tired, your blood sugar levels are going to be a lot more stable and overall you’re going to feel a lot better.

 

Tip Three: Drink Water! Half of Your Body Weight in Ounces Per Day

Did you guys know that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? That is unacceptable. Drinking water is one of the most efficient and effective ways to get you feeling and looking your best so grab a cute water bottle and drink half of your body weight in ounces per day. Now if you really don’t like water, you can try spicing up your water by adding lemon or frozen fruit to it, something to give it more of a taste. I love adding lemon and frozen blueberries to my water. It might sound a little weird, but it’s actually really, really good. It’s super refreshing and adds a little bit of sweetness to your water.

 

Tip Four: Spend Time with Yourself

Being healthy goes so much deeper than being in top physical shape. Often times we overlook our emotional health because we view healthy as a superficial idea, limiting it to how our bodies look. Write in your journal or take a bubble bath and start taking care of yourself from the inside out.

 

Tip Five: Plan Your Workout the Night Before and Set Out Your Clothes

Even exercise goes far beyond just shaping how our bodies look. It helps relieve stress, produce feel good hormones in our bodies and even helps with a good nights sleep. So suggest planning out your workout the night before along with setting out your work out clothes so that you have no excuse when it comes time to start your workout.

 

Tip Six: Get a Good Night of Rest

When the sun goes down, so should you. In fact, when you sleep your body regulates the hunger suppressing hormone leptin as well as your cortisol levels, which keep your metabolism up so make sure you’re getting adequate rest every night.

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Tip Seven: Get Moving By Doing Something you Actually Enjoy

The most important thing to remember when creating the habit of exercise is to do something you love to do. You simply will not be able to stick to a plan of exercise if you’re doing something you don’t enjoy so figure out what you like. Do you like long walks? A quick jog? An upbeat spin class? Find what works for you and do what works for you.

 

 

There is no better time to begin your healthy lifestyle than today. In fact, the only thing we’re ever completely sure of is right now in this moment. The future is never guaranteed so why wait to start living a beautiful, healthy, active life later when right now is really all that you have?

Best Tips for Being Healthier & Happier

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My own tips on how to become more happy and healthy

If you’re like me, before you even wake up in the morning you’re dreaming about coffee. A simple way to improve your health and wake yourself up is to drink water first thing in the morning. No, you don’t have to skip coffee. Just hydrate before you caffeinate. Make eating healthy fun and you’re more likely to eat healthy. It seems pretty simple, right? If you like waffles for breakfast, but don’t want the blood sugar crash later in the afternoon, find a healthy waffle recipe. I make mine out of coconut flower and top it with fresh strawberries instead of artificial syrup. Simple healthy swaps will leave you happier and give you more energy, which is obviously what we all want.

 

Wake up to a clean room

You want to know how I don’t want to start my morning? A) falling out of bed and b) literally tripping into my day because my room is a disaster. Form a healthy habit of waking up 5-10 minutes earlier to pick up your room. Put on some really good music too because that helps a lot. When your space is cleaner, your mind is cleaner. When there’s clutter everywhere, it’s easier for me to get frustrated. Ten minutes every day is better than an all day cleaning on Saturday. Am I right?

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Write down your thoughts

I’m not really sure what it is about writing that clears your head, but it does. There’s something about getting all of your feelings out on paper. It’s almost like seeing your feelings on paper puts everything into perspective. Whenever I take time to sit and read and write out my thoughts, I always leave feeling happier. Speaking of being happier, do yourself a favor and go into all of your social media, your Tumblr, your Instagram, your Twitter and un-follow everyone who pours negativity into your life. You will feel much happier.

A fool-proof way of being happier and healthier is to get outside. Fresh air and sunshine does the body good and there’s something about salt water that makes me happier than almost anything.

 

Exercise

Going for the no brainer – get to the gym. I’m going to show you what’s in my gym bag. I have a sore muscle bar. I also have this really cute little sweat towel that says “I eat burpies for breakfast”, and then I have my electrolyte drink, which helps recover muscles, of course hair ties and hair bands, a little sanitizing refresh wipe, I love these after the gym, my headphones and obviously my wallet and now it’s time to zip up and head off to the gym.

 

Then I put my hair up into a ponytail or a bun. I really like wearing headbands too. Then it’s time to put your headphones in and I love warming up with a jump rope. This really gets your heart rate up. I feel like it’s a great warm-up to do just for a minute or two just to get your heart rate going and then I pick up weights and I’ll do lunges, push ups and jump squats. Circuit training is my favorite way to work out because it keeps your heart rate up, it keeps your muscles getting stronger and healthier and I feel better. Jump squats are one of the things that I’m working on right now. If you want to improve your fitness level, do jump squats. They will increase your heart rate, they will just work every muscle, lower muscles, every muscle that you have. I don’t have words. I’m dead after doing them. You can do lunges and you can do all of these things without using weights. When I’m done doing a super hard working out I feel joy, I feel happy. Yay!

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Make To-do lists

lists make me happier. I don’t know why. Just try it. Just make a list every morning. My number one tip to being healthier and happier is to go for a walk. I love walking or running or chasing after your dog because he’s running after seagulls. Walking is great exercise because it’s easy on your joints and whenever I take a long walk, especially if it’s outside, my mood is significantly increased. I love walking and I love being outside. It’s my number one tip to being healthier and happier.

 

It’s all about feeling well

You ultimately have to remember that being healthy and happy doesn’t just happen by eating fruit or going for a jog. It’s not about how you look or always being in a good mood. It’s about wellbeing. It’s about taking care of yourself mentally and physically. It’s about learning that it’s okay to cry yourself to sleep and then wake up happy. You’re not crazy, you’re normal. The sun is going to keep rising and setting.

And you know what? Everything is going to be ok…