We make New Year’s Resolutions at the start of a new calendar year, so why not make a Declaration of Independence from unhealthy habits this July? We all have habits that undermine our quest for better health and wellness, and there’s no better time than the present to start cutting yourself free from the chains that hold you back.
- Relying on food in a package. Summer is the perfect opportunity to step away from the processed, package food and eat straight from your garden or local farmer’s market. Processed fruit may look enticing and easy until you read the label. The amount of added sugar or preservatives that make processed fruits and vegetables able to sit on the shelves for years may be undermining your healthy goals to eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Letting your workout routine get stale. It can be hard to motivate yourself to prioritize your workout when your brain and muscles have adapted to the routine. If you feel bored when you think about your next workout or your muscles no longer burn with that good effortful feeling, mix it up. Experiment with a new class, a new machine, or a new routine to give your mind and body the summer vacation from the ordinary.
- Sleeping too much or too little. Long days and extra sunshine can make it tempting to go to bed too late and sleep in too long. The key to feeling well-rested is to maintain a consistent bedtime, even on the weekends.
- Not drinking enough water. Soda, alcohol, and sports drinks don’t count towards your daily water intake. In fact, they dehydrate you, requiring you to drink even more water than you already do. Instead, whether you’re in the sun, poolside or at a barbecue, make filling up on pure water your priority to feel your best all summer.
- Not taking enough time for your mental health. Summer vacations, family activities, and having the kids out of school can make summer fly by and before you know it, you feel stressed and burnt out. Don’t let your busy summer days derail your mental health. Taking time for yourself by sticking to a consistent workout, making time for meditation, and enjoying a massage will allow you to enjoy your summer more.
- Quit procrastinating. How many times have you said you’ll start tomorrow? What if you started today? If you start today, you’ll reach your goals faster.
- Quit skipping meals. If you feel chained to your desk or you’re busy with the carpool it can be hard t make time for nutritious meals and snacks. Summer produce makes it easy to always have a healthy serving of your favorite fruits and vegetables available, prepped and ready to grab on your way out the door. Losing weight by skipping meals is not only dangerous, but just doesn’t work. Your body needs fuel to burn calories and produce lean muscle.
Not all summer days are created equally, but every day this summer is a chance to celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of great health!
What unhealthy habits are you declaring independence from this summer?