Now that you have put your health & wellness plan together, let’s get started! The goal is to gradually transform your lifestyle to create healthy habits. Research shows that to start to form a habit, it takes approximately 21 days. The moment that living healthy becomes a habit, it becomes natural to you without struggle. Let’s start your 21-Day healthy habit transformation today!
Breaking bad habits and starting healthy ones comes down to making small decisions everyday that add up over time. The Cleaveland Health Clinic offers some ideas that you can begin to incorporate into your day-to-day life that will help you to start your 21-Day healthy habit transformation. Check out a few options below that you can begin today!
Replace diet soda with carbonated water
While it’s unrealistic to quit cold-turkey if you are used to drinking soda or diet soda frequently, you can use carbonated mineral water as a replacement to help wean yourself of it. Other options include unflavored tea, coffee or fruit infused water.
Take a 10 minute walk
According to exercise psychologist, Christopher Travers, “even a 10 minute walk can help you boost your cardiovascular health.” When you have a spare moment or need a break, take a quick walk around the block just to get your blood flowing. Don’t let the cold weather deter you in the winter months, you can still have a quick and comfortable walk by dressing appropriately. It’s recommend you wear a sweat-wicking layer to start, add insulating layers for warmth, and wear your waterproof garment last.
Drink 1 extra glass of water a day
There are plenty of health benefits to drinking more water. Since majority of the body is made of water it is imperative to stay hydrated to keep your body working the best it can. If drinking plain water isn’t your preference, you can add some fruit for flavor to help increase your intake.
Go to bed ½ hour earlier
Getting plenty of sleep is another one of those habits that has been noted by experts as a marker of good health. Not only should you focus on getting a solid six to eight hours per night, you should also focus on the quality of your sleep. By going to bed ½ earlier and turning off your phone, you can begin to be mindful about winding down and getting quality sleep each night.
Incorporate balance exercises into your fitness routine
Start your day off with a healthy breakfast