1. Drink more water
I downloaded Waterlogged on my phone and made a goal of 85 ounces of water/fluid a day. Many drinks include water, and those count (as long as you're not drinking only 85 ounces of Coke...), but the majority of my intake is just plain water. I've had it for a few days now, and so far I haven't hit my goal- but I know that I'm trying and I'm surely drinking more fluids than before! Also, keeping a glass of water (with lemons, preferably) around you at all times will help remind you to drink often.
2. Sign up for fitness classes (exercise)
With the summer schedule I have now, I'm thinking about doing a Pilates class on Monday and a kickboxing and Pilates/yoga combination class on Thursday. Hopefully these will be fun ways to get me moving. I may even have to cut out Mondays and only do Thursdays- at least for a few weeks until my summer class schedule settles down. I could also take this time to focus on running- maybe do a run for 20 minutes a few times a week- it'll definitely help with my stress!
3. Make a meal plan
I still haven't figured out a way to start this- I feel overwhelmed every time I do. Do you guys have any suggestions on how to start small? Or what worked for you? I spent hours on Pinterest reading about different meal plans but it's difficult to start from scratch. I might start with pre-made lunches and work up to dinner. I wish we had a bigger freezer to do freezer meals! Or I could utilize the crock pot more often: start dinner before I head out, and come home to a cooked meal. I'll definitely let you know how it works out!
Obviously these steps are tried and true and not revolutionary- that's not what I was going for. However, we all get caught up in our busy lives and we often neglect our well-being for our loved ones, for other priorities like school, work, home, etc. So- lets take a few minutes every day to focus on 1, 2 or all of these steps to lead better lives.
Even though I have these in mind, I know I won't be perfect (and that's okay). The important thing is that I'm trying, and I'm doing better than I was. That is enough.
How're you trying to improve your health? Have you or will you try any of the above? What is working for you?
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