Sometimes it can feel like maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an overwhelming challenge that doesn’t fit within the realities of daily life. It’s tough to hold down a full-time job, eat well, train for a marathon, make homemade green juice, spend quality time with your family/partner, and meditate for an hour each day.
Of course, healthy living can incorporate all of these things (if you want it to), but it doesn’t have to be defined by grandiose displays of health and fitness.
So much of healthy living is really made up of small things we do daily—things that are so small they don’t feel momentous, but that, done consistently over time, add up to produce big results.
Here are 31 tips to live a healthier, happier lifestyle—all simple, easy things that can be seamlessly incorporated into your daily life:
- Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning
Coffee’s great too, but it’s best to start your day by re-hydrating with a full glass of water. Hydrating first thing in the morning helps to aid digestion, enhance skin health and boost energy.
- Take the stairs
Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a simple way to get a little more physical activity in your daily life. It also strengthens and tones your legs and core while you’re at it!
- Make half your plate veggies
A simple hack for healthy eating (and portion control) is to make half your plate veggies at each meal.
- Get a Fitbit & track your steps
Using a Fitbit (we like the Ionic and Versa) to track your steps is an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough physical activity. We aim for 10,000 steps each day, which has significant physical and mental health benefits. The Fitbit will also remind you to get 250 steps each hour (another important measure of health—see tip #9!).
- Switch to nontoxic household cleaning products
Conventional household cleaning products are full of harmful chemical ingredients that are not good for our health. Switching to healthier alternatives (we share a complete list in our Healthy Cleaning Guide) is a simple way to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins in your home.
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