5 Easy Healthy Habits to Adopt in 2017

One of the most surefire ways to fail at your New Year’s resolution goals is to set lofty conditions for yourself that are impossible to achieve. Experts agree on this, too—in fact, the American Psychological Association advises that “by making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year, incorporating healthy behavior into your everyday life.”

Set yourself up for success in 2017 by adding minor tweaks and adjustments to your routine. Over time, these minor changes will add up, resulting in a happier lifestyle and improved health and well-being.

Drink Water Right Away In The Morning

While you’re waiting for your coffee to brew, get in the habit of drinking a glass of room-temperature water. As you sleep, your body loses hydration, because there is no longer any water coming in. After you wake up, rehydrate right away—preferably before you drink diuretic ingredients like caffeinated coffee or tea. Room temperature water tends to be the most palatable way to get H2O in the morning, but if lemon water or sparkling seltzer is more to your taste, go that route—whatever it takes to encourage you to re-hydrate.

Prep Your Breakfasts At Night

Many of us rush out the door in the morning, often either grabbing a bagel on the way out or skipping breakfast altogether. This sets us up for poor eating habits throughout the day. Get in the habit of prepping healthy breakfasts the night before.

Overnight oats are an easy food to prep ahead of time. Simply add about ½ a cup of rolled oats to ¾ cups of almond milk, and stir in 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Put the mixture in the fridge overnight, and in the morning, top with the fruits and nuts of your choice. You can also add in some honey or maple syrup for extra sweetness.

Another great idea is to prep smoothie ingredients on Sundays before the week starts. Add fruits, greens and frozen cubes of yogurt to ziplock bags, and store in the freezer. In the morning, simply pour the ingredients into your blender and top with almond milk, and blend.

Pick an Errand to Run on Foot

Pedestrian-oriented lifestyles are great for our bodies and minds. People who live in cities tend to walk a much larger distance throughout the day than people in more car-dependent communities. If you live in a walkable area, pick a particular errand that you can resolve to accomplish on foot, whether that’s walking to lunch on workdays or making bi-weekly trips to the grocery store.

If you aren’t lucky enough to live in a walkable area, you can still make this resolution—you’ll just have to be a little more creative. Maybe you can walk between errands, or resolve to park your car as far away from shops as possible.

Switch to Whole Grain Bread

This switch is super-simple to make, and it holds major benefits for your health. According to a recent study, eating whole grain foods can lower your risk of premature death. You can also rest assured the whole grains you eat are less processed, more filling and more nutritious than white breads.

Set a Self-Care Bedtime Routine

A healthy nighttime routine can do wonders for your physical and mental health. It will help you fall asleep faster, destress and set yourself up for a healthy and successful week. Some of the natural stress-relief practices you may want to incorporate include self-massage, journaling, using adult coloring books and practicing guided meditations. Essential oils are another major stress-reliever, and they’re perfect for using at night.

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Jack Y
Jack Y4 months ago

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Jack Y
Jack Y4 months ago

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John J
John J4 months ago

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John J
John J4 months ago

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Jetana A
Jetana A1 years ago

Just finding this now. I hope everyone is finding these practices easy and effective, and that you're having a wonderful 2017!

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Sarah H
Sarah Hill1 years ago

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Jerome S
Jerome S2 years ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

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Hannah W
Hannah W2 years ago

i go everywhere on foot so the walking point is always accomplished by me.

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