Creating healthy routines can help set the foundation for a healthier new year. Like most people during the holidays (or maybe from all the COVID quarantines), put on extra weight. I know we have, so setting up healthy routines early in the New Year can get our bodies back in shape and to that good-feel state.
We also live in Ohio, and when winter hits, our bodies become tired and sedentary more often than not. Jake and I realized this last year that we needed to make some healthy lifestyle changes that didn’t require a lot of effort or money. After establishing a baseline of healthy routines, we found that they work. Therefore, we wanted to share them with you to help kick off the New Year strong.
1. Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness can be setting time in the morning to help prioritize for the day, calm your thoughts, and reassure yourself that you have what it takes to make it through the day. This can be a quick 5 to 10-minute mediation or a moment of silence. There are also several apps out there that can help you practice mindfulness. Our go-to app is CALM, and we have been using it for several years now. They have easy meditation practices from basic ones to those that focus on a specific situation. We find it easier to practice meditation when drinking coffee in the morning or right after a workout.
2. Go for a brisk walk
Go for a brisk walk, whether by yourself or with your partner, friends, kids, or your furbaby. This is a routine that we often do. It helps with digestion, increases cardiovascular fitness, helps with balance, and much more. Try going for a 30-minute walk at a comfortable pace at least once a day, either in the morning or right after dinner. We noticed a huge improvement in our digestion with walking daily.
3. Start your morning with a glass of water
People should usually drink 1 oz per kilogram on average 7-8 oz glass of water a day. This will promote kidney help, reduce appetite, and reduce dehydration. We shoot to drink a full glass of water right in the morning as we usually wake up dehydrated. Jake has a HidrateSpark Smart Water Bottle that lights up to remind him to pause and drink some water throughout the day. This bottle helped him a lot this past year with his work schedule. Seeing the bottle glow reminded him it’s time for some water. At night, we always drink a glass of water 1 hour before bed.
4. Make yourself a nutritious smoothie
Starting your day off with a nutritious smoothie with simple ingredients will set your day up for success. We recommend starting with a good base and minimize juice to reduce sugar. Most of our smoothies include protein powder, fiber, greens, and a little bit of fruit.
5. Drink a cup of tea
Drinking a cup of tea every night can help with hydration, metabolism, digestion, and calming your body for a restful night. I drink chamomile, and Jake drinks a cup of Earl Grey every night. There are also lots of other benefits of drinking tea daily, not only at night!
And that’s it, y’all! It really is amazing how these 5 easy routines can bring you energy and make you feel good in the long term. We hope these routines help you and your family as much as they’ve already helped ours. Cheers to a happy and prosperous 2021!