5 Simple Steps to Better Health

by on February 8, 2013

Sometimes getting healthy can seem so overwhelming — especially if you have a lot of weight to lose and/or you feel like you need a complete overhaul. It’s like a super messy house, you don’t know where to begin the cleaning process so you end up procrastinating and nothing gets done. The key is to mentally decide you’re going to begin your journey and start with small steps. Trust me, they add up!

5 Simple Steps to Better Health

  1. Drink lots of water — at least half your body weight in ounces. If I could only give one health tip this would be it. This quote about water from the Tone It Up girls says it all: “Water increases your metabolism so much that if you’re chronically dehydrated, it can mean up to an 8 pound weight gain (or more) per year.” <– Holy smokes, if that’s not a good enough reason to drink water, read more here.
  2. Healthy eats: Keep nutritious foods on hand and ready to eat. Preparation is the key to eating healthy! Having fresh vegetables and fruits, lean protein, healthy fats and smart carbs prepared each week is super helpful for staying on track. I like to make big batches of roasted veggies and brown rice or quinoa at the beginning of the week so I have healthy foods in the fridge ready to go for quick lunches.
  3. Move more! It doesn’t matter what form of exercise you do, but try to do something every day. Start by walking one block around your house and then work up from there. Doing something you enjoy will make it feel like less of chore.
  4. Sleep more and stress less: Besides eating right and exercising more, these are the next big things! Make sure you get 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night and try hard to keep your stress level under control. <– Yoga works wonders!
  5. Keep a food and exercise journal. This is extremely helpful to track how much you’re eating — sometimes you don’t realize how many small bites here and there add up. You can do a hand-written journal or go digital and log your food/fitness from the computer or your smartphone. MyFitnessPal is a great resource for this.

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Deanna - Coach Calorie February 8, 2013 at 9:07 am

Couldn’t agree more with these, and wow at that statistic about water!!

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Maggie February 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Wow! I’m glad you shared that fact about water. I had no idea!

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Herbivore Triathlete February 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm

5 simple steps for sure. I found that after a while they become habits. I now crave water over any other beverage. And a day without exercise makes me anxious. I love sleep so no worries there. I also try to do at least one day of yoga per week. As far as healthy eats, I do as much prep as possible on the weekends, ensuring I have healthy meals all week long.

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 9, 2013 at 12:11 am

I love these suggestions, especially the healthy eats one. There is nothing like setting yourself up for failure by not prepping healthy meals and having healthy food on hand. If I have junk in the house then I will eat it. Keeping it out of my house = WAY less temptation!

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Liz @ iheartvegetables February 11, 2013 at 7:31 am

Great tips, Brittany! :) I definitely need to remember to drink water!

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Alison Hill February 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Brittany, you will be happy to know that I read this to the girls I work with and we are all cheering each other on in our own “water challenge”! We all calculated how many of our water bottles and Tervis’ we need to drink each day, and have been doing really well since your post! Whoop whoop! Thanks girl :)

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Brittany Mullins February 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I love it!

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