If you're reading this right now, chances are, you're on a mission to be healthier. I've built a career out of helping people improve their physical health, and I spend multiple hours a day working to improve my own. We all want to be happier, leaner, stronger, faster, firmer, more energetic, less stressed and less sick, and each and every one of those things stems from having a healthy body and mind.
However, being healthy isn't just about diet and exercise - healthy is a lifestyle. I've learned a ton about true healthy living from the people that I admire, and their advice has changed my life.
Pepper these 10 healthy habits into your routine and see how quickly your life improves!
1. "Make a choice."
It really is that simple. Whether you need to go for a run, pass on dessert, schedule time for yourself or meal prep for the week, don't host a debate about it in your head - just do what needs to be done. We spend so much time and effort playing the "should I or shouldn't I?" game, which does nothing but give us permission to talk ourselves out of what needs to be done. Choose what you know you need to do, no matter how difficult or scary it might be, and follow through.
2. "Eat real food."
I used to run on meal replacement bars and protein shakes, blissfully unaware that my body was lacking serious vitamins and minerals it could only get from real, unprocessed foods. By eating real, whole fruits, vegetables and grains, you nourish your body while also keeping calories and fat down. Don't let a fear of carbs or sugar keep you eating processed junk food and avoiding potatoes and grapes. Eat the real stuff.
3. "Do whatever it takes."
"Busy" is an excuse. Run on your lunch break. Ride your bike to work. Pack a healthy lunch. Meditate in the morning. Stretch before bed. Schedule time to relax. Whatever you need, make the time.
4. "Get enough sleep."
Seven hours is acceptable, but more is better. Give your body the time to recover and it will repay you tenfold. Try ditching the electronics one hour before bed and relaxing with some tea and a good book.
5. "Close the kitchen at 7PM."
That might not be a realistic hour for you, but setting an early (at least 3 hours before bed) time to stop eating is crucial to keeping your digestion on track. Going to bed on a full stomach means waking up with half a meal still sloshing around in there, which kills your appetite for breakfast & creates that all-too-common lunchtime starvation. The goal is to wake up hungry, so stop eating after dinner & you'll see an improvement in your eating habits (as well as a significant decrease in that unnecessary nighttime boredom snacking!)
6. "Don't about what they think."
We are all guilty of this one, and it's one of the most unhealthy habits we have. Wasting time and energy on what other people think does absolutely nothing for us. You were not put on this earth to please anyone but yourself, so let go of their opinions and do what makes you happy.
7. "Live authentically."
Are you doing the things you're doing because you want to be doing them, or are you doing them because someone else told you you should? In order to succeed, you've got to run your own race, so stop living your life for everyone else and do what makes you happy (and if what makes you happy sounds crazy to those people you're currently working so hard to please, revisit #6.)
8. "Keep showing up."
Whether it's running, writing, dancing, cooking, swimming or parasailing, you're not going to be perfect the first time. It might not be easy, but it will always be worth it. Show up mentally, physically and emotionally and you will see the results you want. The best practice is simply putting your money where your mouth is.
9. "Chase rejection."
Stop being scared of "no." Too often, we don't go for what we want because we're afraid of being rejected or failing. Check your ego at the door and get ready for 99 failures, because that 100th attempt is going to be life changing.
10. "Earn what you can't buy."
We are lucky enough to live in a world where anything we want is just a click away, but that makes it really hard to wrap our heads around how to get the things we can't buy. You can't purchase a fit, healthy body at Whole Foods, so if you want it, get out there and earn it.