Making the change to a healthier lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean waking up for 5 a.m. gym days, meal prepping each week, and posting #fitlife selfies on Instagram. If you’re not about that life, no worries! We’re letting you know how you can start living healthier with just a few easy daily habits.
1. Swap your coffee for tea.
Okay, okay…we know you probably don’t want to give up your coffee. But if you’re willing to make the swap — or even if you grab both during the day — you’ll be consuming tons of antioxidants that are great for your body. Plus, drinking tea has benefits like aiding weight loss, reducing your risk for certain diseases, and more!
2. Drink more water.
It’s such a simple swap, but it makes a big difference. Simply opting for water whenever you grab a drink can cut loads of sugar out of your diet. Plus, staying hydrated is good for your immune system, your skin, and much more! Check out the easy ways we suggest making the switch here.
3. Start your day with a positive thought.
We know how easy it is to wake up and immediately feel that dread: but I want to sleep longer…I don’t want to go to class. Waking up is rough! But those thoughts have a lot of power, and starting your morning on a negative note can impact your entire day. Get in the habit of finding a positive thought each morning — Even if it’s as simple as, “I can’t wait to read my new book later!”
4. Eat slowly.
Did you know that if you eat slowly, you’ll feel more satisfied rather than getting to that uncomfortable food-coma stage? That means that if you pace yourself while you’re indulging in that big greasy pizza (yum!), you’ll eat less of it and won’t consume as many calories. That’s a win!
5. Get up and walk often.
We often just sit at a desk all day, or even lay in our dorm rooms with our roommates and just chill out until it’s time to go to bed. You basically don’t even think about getting up! On days like these, make a point to get up every so often and walk around for a bit. Getting in your 10,000 steps per day isn’t hard if you remember to try!
6. Make time for a hobby.
When we think about getting healthy, we often neglect our mental health. That’s why it’s important to make time for the things you enjoy. Even if it’s just catching an episode of The Bachelor every Monday, at least you’ll be getting some “me” time!
7. Don’t skip breakfast.
It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to cut calories — you should still grab a bite to eat each morning. Eating breakfast kick starts your metabolism, and it’ll also make you less likely to snack a lot throughout the day. There are also a few more benefits that we listed here!
8. Keep healthy snacks around.
You might be eating healthy for every meal, but the way you snack can offset those benefits. Instead of chips, sweets, and other salty snacks, keep around foods like fruits, berries and nuts. They’ll satisfy your hunger without adding anything bad to your body.
Can you think of anything we didn’t list? Share your thoughts in the comments below.