Something about a new month, especially one that coincides with a change in seasons, is the perfect time to make a few goals.
And this time, rather than saying “I’m going to lose 10 pounds this month,” why not focus on adding more healthy habits to your daily routine instead? It’s a refreshing way to approach the next 30 days and beyond.
Here are some ideas for September …
1. Make a daily step goal of 10,000 and never miss it. Yes, while, it’s great to get in your workout most days of the week, what is truly important is regular organic movement and activity to keep you healthy and mobile. That’s why, this month, you should focus on moving throughout the day and hitting 10,000 steps every single day of the week. Don’t have an activity tracker? No problem. Try using the Health app on your iPhone as you stroll. To achieve your step goal, try parking further from the front door, take the stairs, take your dog for an extra evening stroll — do whatever you need to do to get those steps.
2. Pre-schedule all of your workouts in your calendar. When you’re busy, sometimes your workout can be the first thing to fall by the wayside. But if you start off the month with every single sweat session scheduled into your calendar so you can work around it, you’re bound to have more success and make more of your planned exercise appointments. So be sure to book your Fitness Together appointments ahead of time with your personal trainer.
3. Shop and prepare your own breakfasts. For most people, starting the day out with a healthy and filling breakfast is just what they need to power through a productive and busy morning and make better food choices throughout the day. And while it may seem easier to grab a croissant with your coffee, if you plan ahead, having a prepared breakfast can actually be faster and certainly much healthier. This month, try planning what you’ll eat for your weekday breakfasts in advance (and it can be the same thing every day, with a slight variation), as a start to meal prepping. You can try chia seed pudding (https://wellnessmama.com/59344/chia-seed-pudding/) or overnight oats (https://wholefully.com/8-classic-overnight-oats-recipes-you-should-try/) in a mason jar, which both travel quite well if you need to take them on the go, or, you could even throw a few things in a blender for a tasty and hearty green smoothie (https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/2-minute-green-smoothie/). All you need to do is buy the ingredients over the weekend and get the servings prepped the night before you need them.
4. Start your day with a big glass of water. What’s the first thing you normally consume in the morning? Coffee? Tea? Energy drink? This month, try keeping a huge glass of water on your bed-side table, so that when you wake up, the first thing you do is down the entire room temperature glass to re-hydrate your cells and body. Over the course of the night, not only does your body get dehydrated, but a lot of bodily processes take place and you need to wash those toxins through your system to start a new day. Once you start your day with a big helping of water, keep up the chugging so that you’re getting a steady stream of H2O all day long and you will reap the benefits in your energy, appearance and even mental clarity.
Being healthy doesn't have to be complicated. Give these four things a try to get your month off to a great start.
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