Spring is nearly here! Now is a great time to revisit your routine, add new healthy habits, and ditch those tendencies that are holding you back. It can be difficult to change everything at once. In fact, it almost never works. Instead focus on one small adjustment each day that can make a big impact on overall well-being. Looking for some inspiration? Follow along with our tips to spring clean your routine!
A Week of Tips for a Healthier You
We believe that there is always room for improvement. Whether you follow a strict schedule or are casually working towards meeting goals, a few thoughtful changes to your day can make a big difference! Try the tips below to energize your week and improve health:
Sunday: Start Your Morning with Yoga
Add yoga to your Sunday routine to help relax and refocus before the week begins. Starting the morning with physical activity is a great way to wake up, stretch out, and boost energy levels. Yoga in particular is beneficial to both your mind and body, improving flexibility and strength while relieving stress and anxiety.
Not a morning person? Try this yoga routine that you can do from the comfort of bed for an extra cozy start.
Monday: Eat Breakfast + Don’t Skip Meals
It can be easy to skip out on breakfast and other meals when pressed for time. However, forgetting to eat may be your downfall — leading to low energy, unhealthy cravings, and mood swings. Prepare meals ahead of time so there are healthy options available all day long.
No time for meal prep? Grab a Svelte® organic protein shake along with fresh produce, nuts, and healthy snacks to keep you fueled. Each bottle of Svelte® contains 11 grams of plant protein, 5 grams of filling fiber, and just 6 grams of sugar for sustained energy.
Tuesday: Go for a Walk Outside
The great outdoors can do wonders for one’s health. Spending time outside is associated with improved memory and creativity, lowered risk of depression, and more. Additionally, walking will improve cardiovascular health, bone strength, and balance. Find a walking partner or go out solo for 30 minutes or more to enjoy the benefits!
Wednesday: Drink More Water
Water is essential for the body to function. Staying properly hydrated throughout the day should help improve physical performance, mood, digestion, energy levels, and focus. It might also help to fight off headaches.
Start your morning with a glass of water. Drink another glass with each meal and sip on water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Health authorities recommend drinking at least 8 glasses of water (8 ounces each) per day, but you may need even more if you are physically active or sweat frequently. You also ingest water through other beverages – like juice and coffee – and the foods you eat, especially fruits and vegetables.
Thursday: Stand Up + Move Every 30 Minutes
You have likely heard that sitting for extended periods of time is harmful for your health. Studies have found this sedentary behavior without exercise to pose serious risks to your health similar to obesity and smoking. While sitting is a big part of many jobs, there are some ways to easily combat excessive time on your rear. To spend more time upright try:
- Getting a standing desk or improvising with a tall counter
- Taking phone calls on your feet
- Drinking more water — this will lead to more trips to the water cooler and bathroom
- Switching coffee dates for walking meetups
- Setting an alarm every 30 minutes to move and stretch out
Friday: Treat Yourself
Prepare healthy dishes at home vs. eating at restaurants to control ingredients and boost nutrients. Don’t forget to add low-sugar snacks and guilt-free dessert options to the list.
Check out these vegan and gluten-free recipes made with Svelte® plant-based protein shakes for an added boost. Treat yourself to some edible cookie dough, lemon ginger nice cream, or chocolate donuts made with zucchini — you deserve it!
Saturday: Sleep In
Sleep is so important, yet many adults don’t get enough! Not getting enough pillow time has been linked to low energy, unhealthy cravings, and an increased risk for disease. Take a little extra snooze time today and enjoy the benefits.
With the change in season, now is the perfect time to alter your habits. What are some healthy tendencies that you have adopted? Share with us in the comments below!