little big corner of North Dallas just became the home to a fancy new Walmart SuperCenter that I’ve been frequenting quite a bit since it’s opened. From groceries, gas, and everyday necessities Walmart conveniently meets all of my shopping needs. It’s also been my accountability partner for keeping up with my 10 tips to a healthier lifestyle. I’ve been more resolved over the last few months to really invest in my health as I approach 30. These are 10 easy steps that I’ve been conscious about following in order to live a healthier lifestyle.
Water is not my first drink of choice, but I’m slowly making an effort. To help with this, I purchased a cute glass water bottle that is 20oz and every day I try to drink at least 4 full bottles. Staying hydrated helps with balancing your body fluids and keeping your skin looking fresh.
Each day, I easily can eat about 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables. With fresh produce that you can wash on a Sunday evening and pack for the week, it makes it easier to pack healthy snacks for work.
Get up and get fit! Exercise doesn’t come just from the gym. Take a walk around your neighborhood, ride a bike, or play Dance Central – even if it just for an hour. Do what is easy for your body and schedule. If you take 15 minutes to walk around and be active at work – that leaves you with 45 minutes to meet your exercise goal for the day.
Take the time to understand where your stress factors are and how you can better manage/reduce them. If you know that Mondays are your busy day at work, set up a schedule that allows for you to have time to eat a full lunch and take a 15 minute break to alleviate the potential onset of stress. Use meditation, breathing techniques, or an adult coloring book to help cope with stress in your life.
Schedule your appointment with your physician every year. During the day and age, early detection of any and everything is important. It’s also important to know that you are in good health. Be open and honest with yourself and your physician about all of your health concerns, that’s what you are paying for. Make sure you are prepared with your questions and are comfortable that your physician is going to be attentive to your needs.
Everyday at work, I take at least 15 minutes away from my desk to walk around outside. This gives me a chance to get some fresh air and stimulate my muscles after all the hours of sitting down at my desk. By allowing yourself active time at work, it contributes to reducing stress and daily active time.
With so many different resources out there, meal planning is so easy. Plan to eat at home 5 out of 7 days of the week – with two nights out at your favorite restaurants. Sit down and come up with healthier alternatives for your favorite recipes. For me, I’m a sucker for chicken enchiladas! Instead of making my usual recipe, I found an easy low-fat sour cream chicken enchilada recipe that leaves me feeling guilt free while still enjoying the great taste of my favorite dish. Also, when are you eat at your favorite restaurant – go for a healthier meal. Most restaurants have smaller portions or a healthy alternative menu for you to order off of.
Goals are key to progress! Set realistic goals that at the end of the week, you feel good about yourself for reaching them. Don’t make a list of 14 goals and you don’t even meet one. Keep your goals to a minimum of maybe 3 to 5 a week. For example, my weekly goals are 1) drink water everyday, 2) work out 30 minutes at least 3x, and 3) take a vitamin every day. Short simple goals that are easy to achieve!
Not those gummy bear vitamins, but actual vitamins. After meeting with my doctor and discussing my health as I get older, she stressed that you are never too young to start incorporating a multivitamin in your daily routine. Set a time that works for your schedule with your meals and take your vitamin every day. It’ll help with fighting off sickness, stronger bones, and much more.
As a technology driven society, we have so many different apps and tools at our disposal to help with a number of different aspects of healthy lifestyles. From Fitbits and Garmins, trackers are a dime a dozen – you could even get a good old pedometer and track just your steps. When it comes to apps, you can use Runkeeper for a number of different activities. Nike Training Club provides easy workout that can be achieved at home or a gym. MyFitnessPal is a great calorie counter, exercise tracker, and much more – it easily can be synced with a vast majority of apps. Use these resources to your advantage – especially with goal setting.
Do you practice any of these tips? If not, I’ve got a challenge for you. On October 10, I encourage you to visit your local Walmart as they host America’s Biggest Health Fair. If you visit the health fair at your local Walmart, snap a picture and share it on Instagram with#just10 and #WMT. Take the opportunity to challenge yourself to either kick start your healthier lifestyle or elevate it to the next level.