Creatures of Habit:  How to Change Poor Health Habits

We are all creatures of habit.  For many, we wake up and go through the same routine like clockwork – it’s as if you’re living proof of the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray.  This is great if you already live a healthy lifestyle and formed good habits.  But, if you have poor health habits it could be detrimental to your long-term health and longevity.  For that reason, I’m going to lay out some tips for you to implement into your life to help you change poor health habits into healthy ones. 

1. Schedule Time to Exercise

People like to use the excuse that they don’t have time to exercise, yet it’s a fairly accurate statement to say that they are also the same people who get enraged when they miss one of their favorite television shows at night.  I’m all about getting proper rest and relaxation but at the end of the day, I would prefer that individual earn that right by pushing themselves and their body to improve their health. 

An easy way to change poor health habits is to make healthy activities like exercise a priority by scheduling them in your calendar.  If you truly wanted to improve your health, you would put your workouts on your calendar so nothing would occupy your set time for exercise.  It’s truly that simple.  If you have an hour at night before you watch all of your shows, that would be the perfect time to crush a workout and get it done.  Or better yet, start your day with an amazing workout so you can run through the day knowing your workout is already done and have a feeling of accomplishment. 

2. Meal Prep for the Week

This is an extremely important part of your success when it comes to vital ways to change poor health habits.  The normal American diet is absurd.  It’s the reason why over 60% of US adults are overweight.  We fuel our body with junk that doesn’t fuel us at all – in fact, it’s bogging us down and causing our bodies to not function properly.  This not only affects our body but also our mind. 

Start by making one day your “meal prep day” and stick with it.  Use Sunday for example.  Make all of your meals for the week in that one day.  Grill up some chicken or lean protein sources, steam your vegetables, prepare your salads, or whatever else you would want for the week.  Either store the items in individual containers or make full meals in Tupperware containers for easy grab-and-go meals.  Many fail when they are looking for convenience and wind up grabbing an unhealthy pre-packaged option.  When you have meals already prepared, you don’t have that excuse anymore.  In the morning the only thing you need to remember is to grab your meal to take with you to work and you’re set.  No thinking involved. 

3. Set a Timer to Go to Bed

Your body needs a minimum of seven hours of sleep to properly recover – especially once you start excercising and breaking down muscle fibers that need to be rebuilt.  Get into a routine of going to bed at the same time each and every night.  Doing this will not only allow you to get proper rest, but it will help train your body to naturally start to shut down at the same time each night which may help you fall asleep faster.

If you know you need to wake up at 6am, you should go to bed at 10:30pm.  This will allow your body 30 minutes to fall asleep and then a full seven hours of rest to follow.  Set an alarm on your phone similar to what you would do in the morning but set it for the time you want to go to bed.  So, if you want to be in bed at 10:30pm, set it for 10 or 10:15 to give yourself enough time to go through your pre-bed routine and then slip under the sheets. 

4. Eliminate Liquid Calories

One of the best ways to change poor health habits is to eliminated liquid calories from your nutrition.  Soda, juices, fruity beverages, sugary beverages, alcohol, etc. all contain more calories than you would imagine per serving.  Get rid of them and replace with plain water.  If you need something with flavor you can add some cut up fruit to your water like lemon, cucumber, or strawberries for natural flavoring or go with a black coffee either plain or with something like Stevia – skip the creamers, milk, and sugar.  You can also opt for something like green tea that also contains some weight management properties. 

Liquid calories add up quickly if you aren’t paying attention and are one of the leading factors as to why many people are battling the bulge.  Set yourself up for success and eliminate liquid calories to help save your health and waistline.

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Article Courtesy Of Matt Weik