By Brittany Newland
What are your resolutions for 2020? The New Year is the perfect time for a new you. We are all on a different schedule. Not everyone can eat dinner with their families at 5 p.m. together. Your busy schedule may not be slowing down anytime soon, and that’s fi ne. We all work different shifts; and staying healthy can be one of the toughest achievements to obtain. You don’t have to sacrifice when you’re on the go. Here are 10 realistic tips for healthier living on-the-go in 2020.
CREATE HEALTHIER EATING HABITS
Ditch those unhealthy snacks. Chips at 9 p.m. every night aren’t doing anything for you. If you want to change, you have to stop unhealthy eating patterns. Replace them with something different. Instead of chips and dip, try carrots and hummus. If you skip breakfast, start a breakfast routine. Substitute snacking after 7 for a pre-bed meditation.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Sleep plays one of the most important roles in good health and well-being throughout or lives. Getting enough sleep helps protect mental and physical health, and improves overall quality of life. Getting enough sleep helps support healthy brain function, reduces stress, and lowers your risk for serious health problems. Positive sleep patterns can also help in maintaining a healthy body weight and building your immune system.
EXERCISE WHEN POSSIBLE
There are a number of benefits of exercise for our bodies. Do you want to feel better, have more energy and add years to your life? Then you need to start to exercising. Exercise controls weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, and promotes better sleep. If you don’t have much time to commit, try to get at least 30 minutes in a day. This is enough to get the blood pumping.
The weekends are a great time to do this. Make big batches of meals and throw them in the freezer for easy access during the week. Planning meals ahead of time can prevent you from turning to fast food or other unhealthy meals during the week. It is also frees up time during your busy work week, which reduces stress. Easy meals to meal prep come in breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meal prepping can be anything from breakfast egg muffins to chicken and rice bowls for dinner. Make some pancakes ahead of time and pair them with fruit the next day for an easy breakfast. Meal prepping takes time, but saves you so much time in the long run.
MAKE IT EASY WITH SOUPS AND STEWS
Soups are so easy and can be made very healthy. They are a perfect meal in the winter to warm you up, easy to freeze to eat later, and especially good when you are sick. The broth can also be used for other meals during the week. Since soups are mostly liquid, they are great to stay both hydrated and full. Put whatever spices you want in them, most soups are filled with disease fighting nutrients. Don’t skip out on the soup when you can have it!
DRINK MORE SMOOTHIES
There are a lot of health benefits from drinking smoothies. It’s an easy breakfast to take along with you anywhere. Smoothies help you lose weight, prevent dehydration, make you feel full, control cravings, and are a great source of antioxidants. Plus, you can add in anything—fruit, protein powder, or super greens. You can make them different every day. Smoothies enhance immunity, detoxify the body, and boost brain power. They are the perfect meal on-the-go.
Crock-Pots are lifesavers in so many cases. It saves you cook and prep time. All you have to do is throw your ingredients into a pot in the morning and set the time for when you’ll be home later that night. It will make your house smell amazing when you return, and tastes just like your mom made it for you. Remember, slow cooking is healthy cooking. This is great for chicken and other meats. You can throw potatoes or whatever other side you would like heated to serve with your meal as well. When you get home, all you have to do is scoop the food into a dish. This is one of the more simple ways to meal prep.
Water is vitally important to good health. Water boosts energy, aids in digestion, detoxifies and hydrates skin. Your body literally can’t live without water. Most of the time when you think you are hungry, what your body is really saying is that you are actually thirsty. Your body uses water in all its cells, organs and tissues to regulate temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Your body also loses water through breathing, sweating and digestion, so it always needs replenishment.
THINK SIMPLE SNACKS
You don’t need an extravagant charcuterie board when it comes to snacking. Fatty, unhealthy snacks actually make you hungrier. Grabbing something quick doesn’t mean grabbing something from a fast food window. Grab an apple, blueberries or a handful of almonds. Keep it simple. You don’t need to add sugar or dip to anything.
SET REALISTIC HEALTH GOALS
You don’t have to get up at 5 a.m. every morning to go to the gym. Are you really going to stick to that kind of routine? You’ll skip it all together if you’re not a morning person and waste your money on the membership. You can do small things that add up over time and you’ll be thankful you didn’t give up on making the small changes. Going for a walk for 30 minutes a day is more important than a lot of other activities you think you may need to do. Stay consistent but don’t make drastic changes until you are ready, especially in food choices.
Make sure you eat breakfast, drink lots of water, sleep regularly and cut out the unhealthy snacks, and you’ll be off to a great start in 2020.