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8 Essential Daily Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle (What You Should do EVERY Day)

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If you’re ready to live a healthy lifestyle, it’s time to start making small changes to your daily routine.

These daily habits for a healthy lifestyle will help you improve your wellness and help you feel great!

Let’s face it, life can be very hectic.

Whether you’re a working mom with young kids at home, a stay at home parent, or just a working adult with many responsibilities, life is busy!

It’s so easy to get lost in the hustle of each day and run from one activity to the next without making time for your own health and wellness.

Incorporate these habits into your daily routine and you’ll have more energy and feel better every day.

Daily Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle

7 Essential Daily Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle
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1. Wake up early

The first habit of a healthy lifestyle is to wake up early. If you’re not a morning person, don’t run away just yet!

By waking up early, I just mean wake up earlier than you need to wake up. Rather than rushing to get ready in the morning to leave the house for work or school, wake up a little earlier.

Provide yourself a little extra time to relax in the morning. Start by waking up 15 minutes earlier than you need to get up and see how it works for you.

During this quiet time, you can practice meditating, read a book, listen to music, or check on your social media. Whatever makes you happy, this is your time.

Early mornings before everyone else is up are my favorite time of day. It is so peaceful and quiet and allows you time to think and start your day in a calm, collective manner.

Read more about my morning routine that I follow every day.

2. Exercise

Exercise has been proven time and time again to provide a multitude of benefits. Exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle.

When you start moving regularly, it helps you maintain a healthy weight, increase your energy levels, and increase mental clarity. Also, exercise helps reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

I like to exercise before everybody else wakes up in the morning. This way, I know I’ll get my workout in and won’t have to find time later in the day. I know myself and I know if I don’t get it done first thing in the morning, chances are, it won’t happen at all.

Also, I work out from home for free every day. I don’t have a gym membership and I don’t have to waste time driving to and from a gym or fitness studio.

Check out this article on my top 5 favorite Youtube channels for working out from home. There are so many different types of fitness videos available, so you can find the style that you enjoy and are more likely to stick with.

Exercise doesn’t have to be a formal activity either. Aim to get up and walk every hour for 5 minutes. Fitness trackers remind you to get up and move when you’ve been stationary. I love Fitbits for extra encouragement to move more.

Every step counts, so keep moving towards your healthy lifestyle.

3. Drink Water

Drink water for a healthy lifestyle
Aim for 64 ounces of water each day

The easiest change you can make to improve your health is to drink more water. I recommended aiming to drink 64 ounces of water per day.

Drinking more water helps improve your digestion, curve your appetite, and gives your skin a healthy glow.

Also, when you drink more water, hopefully, this will replace the consumption of sugary drinks. Soda has zero nutritional benefits and both diet and regular soda have been proven to be terrible for your mental and physical health.

If you don’t like the taste of water, try adding lemon or fruits to your water. This will add a tasty flavor without taking away from the benefits of water.

4. Smile

Smile or laugh every single day.

Smiling and laughing releases endorphins which make you feel happier and content.

If you’re feeling stressed or unhappy, read jokes online or watch your favorite sitcom. Find something that speaks to you and makes you smile.

When you’re feeling upset or under the weather, this is when it’s most important to find something to make you smile or laugh. It’s unbelievable how quickly your mentality will change as soon as you encourage yourself to smile more.

5. Eat More Vegetables

Aim to eat 3 servings of vegetables per day for a health lifestyle
Aim to eat 3 servings or 3 cups of vegetables per day

Work on incorporating more vegetables into your diet every day. The CDC recommends adults eat at least 3 servings of vegetables per day.

When you eat more vegetables, you’re getting vital nutrients in your diet. These nutrients help your body function optimally. Also, when you eat more vegetables, you reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.

Also, when you’re picking out vegetables, try eating a large variety of colors. Various vegetables provide different nutrients and vitamins, so mix it up as much as possible.

One simple way to eat more vegetables is to add them to everything you cook. Add spinach to your smoothie, throw vegetables in with your pasta, or add broccoli and peppers to pizza.

I always keep frozen vegetables on hand so I can easily add them to everything that I am preparing. Frozen vegetables are typically pre-cut and washed so you can quickly add them.

If you don’t eat a lot of vegetables, you’ll love these simple tips to add more vegetables to your diet.

6. Plan Ahead

Planning ahead for the week is something that’s so vital for your healthy lifestyle. All you need to do is dedicate about 30 minutes on Saturday or Sunday.

Look at your schedule and see what the following week will bring.

During this time, plan out your meals and shopping list for the upcoming week. Go over your schedules, meetings, and activities.

If you’re brand new to meal-planning, start with these simple tips.

I would be completely lost without my Life Planner by Erin Condren. This helps organize all of our schedules, manage appointments, and keep track of meal plans and goals for the week.

When you prepare ahead of time, you won’t feel as overwhelmed during the busy week.

You don’t need to stress over what to cook last minute or worry about last-minute school projects.

7. Make Lists

Keep running to-do lists and notepads throughout the house. I have one on my phone, one on my refrigerator, and one in my purse.

Keep lists for everything: groceries or food items, cleaning products, gift ideas for holidays. Anything that comes to mind that you want to remember, I jot it down.

Having ongoing lists helps keep you organized and again reduce time later on when you’re ready to go to the grocery store for example.

Your grocery list will be written throughout the week, so you’ll be all set whenever you are ready to go.

8. Get Enough Sleep

Aim for 8 hours of sleep per night for a healthy lifestyle

Quality sleep is the last essential habit for a healthy lifestyle.

Sleep is so vital for our bodies. It provides time for your cells to regenerate, for brain cell connections to grow, and for your muscles and organs to rest.

People who do not get enough sleep are at higher risk of diabetes, obesity, depression, and behavior disorders.

When you’re chronically sleep-deprived, you may have a difficult time maintaining a healthy weight.

The CDC recommends adults sleep for an average of 8 hours per night. Many studies show that most adults do not get anywhere near the recommended amount of sleep.

When you plan ahead for your week, this will free up more time in your evenings that you can get to bed earlier.

Also, if you start allocating time in the mornings for yourself, you don’t have to feel pressured to stay up late in order to get some quiet time in.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Now you know the 8 habits for a healthy lifestyle that you should try to do each and every day.

Remember, as with all lifestyle changes, don’t expect to make all of these changes overnight. Setbacks are normal and expected.

Forgive yourself if you don’t reach your goals every single day. Keep moving forward to your best healthiest life.

Every day is a new chance to start over and live a clean life. For more guidance on reaching your healthy lifestyle goals, join me for my 30-day challenge

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