Starting a healthy routine can be difficult, especially when you don’t have the time or money to go to the gym or buy organic produce. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t simple ways to help you jumpstart that healthy lifestyle, a few steps at a time.
1- Take a 30 minute stroll
Exercising can be difficult, particularly when you have a full schedule work or school. Instead of jumping into an exercise routine right away, start slow and implement a short walk into your daily routine. It could be during your lunch hour or whenever you have a break between classes. Take a longer route to work and walk part of the way. This is a great way to get you moving without altering your schedule too much.
2- Make your own lunch
By making your own lunch you will be helping both your wallet and your health. Meal prep is a great way to learn simple and healthy recipes. It will also help you plan out what you need for the week which helps you stay within budget.
3- Implement a self-care day
Physical health is important, but so is mental health. Sometimes people are so caught up with being fit that they forget to take some time for themselves and check out from reality for a little while. Take a day off every once in a while and do something fun. Go see a movie, stay home and have a mini staycation, start that book that you’ve been meaning to read. Do anything that distances you from your everyday life for a little while.
4- Unplug for a few hours
In a time of constant communication it can be a nice change of pace to spend a few hours without any form of technology and simply be in the moment. Go to the park and enjoy the nature around you, or spend the day at home doing some fun crafts. Technology is a great tool but becoming too dependent on it can sometimes harm the way you live your life.
Sometimes it’s good to go out and help people in need, it’ll make you feel like you’ve done something worthwhile and you will have made someone’s day. Plant some trees, help clean up a park or a beach, mentor children, anything that will put other’s needs ahead of yours.
6- Take up a hobby
Taking the time to learn about your personal interests is a great way to get to know yourself better, try out a few hobbies and see what sticks. If you like watching sports try setting up a pickup game with some friends once a week, learn how to create things with your hands, or learn a new skill. This is a great way to take some time for some self improvement.
7- Get enough sleep
Sleep is something that many people simply aren’t getting enough of which can then affect many aspects of your daily life. Try to create a sleep schedule that best works for you and that keeps you well rested. After a while you might start to notice some improvements in your mood, health and interaction with people.