It’s human nature to always look for a simple yes or no answer. “Is bread good?”, “Should I eat carbs?”, “If I run 30 mins each day, will I look like Alessandra Ambrosio?”. But answers aren’t yes or no, black or white, everything’s kinda grey. And that’s at best. Most of the time it’s actually more brown, or beige or kaki or taupe or just one of those colours where you don’t really know what’s going on. There’s no quick one-way solution to living a healthy life. Your general wellbeing is simply an average of your habits. It’s what you do most of the time that matters, not once.
(Lives off fried food forever, eats an apple once = health. Yeah no, not so much, sorry.)
So if you’re looking for a clear-cut answer for how to lead a fit and healthy life, here it is: Cut out your unhealthy habits and replace them by healthy ones. Here are my 8 healthy habits; try fit at least a few of them into your daily routine and before you know it, they’ll become routine. Consistency is key kids!
1. Always carry around a water bottle. Okay I’m such a broken record but HYDRATION FELLAZ, IT’S SO DAMN IMPORTANT. I never leave the house without a water bottle, and if you’re anything like me carrying around a big-ass 1.5L bottle, you’ll be so down to chug that cuz omg bag so heavy.
2. Have my yoga mat on the floor, ready to go. Doing morning yoga sounds like one of those things that you’d like to do, probably should do, but ugh that seems like a hell of a lot of effort in the morning. Well first way to remedy that is by keeping your mat lying on your floor, it then takes no time to bust out a quick flow first thing in the morning. It makes such a healthy start to the day, gets you moving, stretched out and gets your blood circulating.
3. Always get 8hrs of sleep. Sleeping is so freaking important. Finding the right amount of sleep for you is key, and can literally CHANGE your LIFE. It’s just as possible to be getting too much sleep, which leaves feeling more tired than it is to not have enough. I know I’m my best after 8hrs, so no matter what I’m doing, 8hrs before I need to wake up, I stop, drop & roll. Literally.
4. Keep a snack in your handbag. I have this inexplicable fear of going hungry. You’d think I grew up in the potato famine or something, buuuut when hunger strikes, it’s way better to have an apple at arm’s reach rather than having to find something on the road. Healthy snacks aren’t always easy to find on-the-go, so if you got some fruit in your bag, you ain’t got no excuse!
5. Have my watch 3 minutes early. Being rushed and stressed just breeds bad decisions. When stressed and late, it’s the times where you forget your sports bra (so shit guess I’m not going to spinning), you grab a last-minute bread roll and an orange juice to-go (at best) for breakfast, and your body gets thrown into fight or flight mode. My way healthy habit to avoid this is making sure my watch is always set 3 minutes early. That way when I’m running a bit late, I’m actually right on time.
6. Sleeping with the window open. It’s crazy what a difference it can make to sleep surrounded by fresh air. Better quality of sleep means your more rested to slay the day.
7. Drinking a big gulp of water first thing in the morning. After an 8hr fast during the night, your body is super dehydrated. It’s so easy to confuse this with hunger, but first thing in the morning, what your body really needs is some of that good H2-0. After drinking 0.5L of water, then proceed to the big bowl of porridge 😉
8. Have a mug of tea after a meal. We all know the classic saying: “it takes 20 minutes for your body to realize your full”, but we hardly ever take it into consideration when we make food choices. After eating a meal we tend to go and reach for dessert straight away, and it’s only after dessert that the ugh-omg-now-i’m-so-full feeling kicks in. I’ve gotten in the habit of making myself a cup of tea right after my meal. If once I’m done with my tea I still want a little extra for dessert, then I’ll have something.
So there you have em. My 8 healthy habits that I now do so regularly, I don’t even think about it. Although I do them without thinking, these habits keep me on track, keep me sane, healthy and fit. It takes 21 days to make a habit, so try a few of them out and see how you go! They might just become a naturally effortless part of your baller healthy life.