Why not make 2022 the year that you really take control of your health? We believe in you and will be with you every step of the way!
We want to help you achieve your health goals this year, and that means even on the days when you're feeling a little lazy.
We've compiled a list of 5 key healthy living hacks for you to start off right in the new year. These are 5 actions to remember that will help you stick to your new healthy habits and reach your goals.
We're calling them "hacks" because they really are easy ways to achieve better health. They come in handy especially on days when your brain doesn't want to do any heavy lifting. If you can't muster up the brain power to make healthy decisions one day, remind yourself of these.
In order to achieve and overall wellness from your physical to your mental health, there are certain things we do as humans that cannot be neglected - like nutrition or exercise. Both are vital to living well, and often times are forgotten.
As we age, there are certainly some health challenges that will be inevitable. But the good news is that a large part of your well-being is totally in your power. Take control of your own life!
We often prematurely accept defeat and underestimate our body's amazing natural ability to transform. If we've never succeeded before, it can be daunting trying again and again. Weight loss takes time. Building healthy habits take time. Don't give up on yourself!
Nutrition is so important to take control of in 2022. Healthy meals keep us fueled up and keep our immune systems, gut health, collagen levels, and energy levels thriving.
The foods we eat and supplements we choose to take can actually help prevent and even in some cases reverse many of our health concerns. Some things may be out of our control but the fortunate truth is that more often than not, we have more control than we think.
HERE ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE HEALTH HACKS TO ADD TO YOUR ROUTINE IN 2022...
ADD VEGGIES TO EACH MEAL
An easy way to boost your nutrition each day is to remember to incorporate some form of vegetable into each meal. This is a baby step towards a calendar of plant based and nutrient-packed meals.
Did you know that most people fall short on their recommended daily servings of greens? By adding a small salad or green powder to each meal, you will begin to notice improvements in your health pretty quickly (when done consistently).
You could work your way towards one meal a week being only vegetables (think salad, how easy!) and you'll be on your way to healthy eating.
FOCUS ON BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
If there's one thing you can do to really impact your health in a big way, it's focusing on keeping your immune system strong. Immunity is key and will keep your body well-equipped to fight off any outside toxins and free radicals.
By focusing on your immune system, you will learn a lot about caring for your entire body. For example, your gut health directly links to your immunity, so if you're focused on learning about how to care for your immune system, you will in turn be caring for your gut.
Key practices for boosting immunity include plenty of rest, managing stress, proper hydration, and following a balanced diet that includes essential immune-supporting vitamins and minerals such as zinc and vitamins C, B6, D3, and E. These nutrients are often the staple of immune-supporting natural supplements.
REMIND YOURSELF IT'S ALL ABOUT HABIT BUILDING
Habit building is hands down the most important aspect to achieving your health goals. That's why it's also one of the most challenging.
It challenging because you usually have to uproot a bad habit in order to build a new one. Maybe you have a habit of watching TV every night after dinner until bedtime, but you know you could be using some of that time working on your health. You have to uproot your TV habit in order to replace it with exercise or a calming nighttime routine.
Even if it's just five or ten minutes per day, pick a new healthy habit you'd like to try (meditation, running, journaling, etc.) and work on making it stick. There's no better feeling than when a healthy habit begins to feel like second nature.
Remember that building habits takes a lot of patience. You're bound to slip up now and again - you may forget a day or just run out of energy one day - but getting back on track is the real accomplishment.
If you want to learn more about building healthy habits and how to really stick to what you say you're going to do, read our blog post on long-term goals.
START A DAILY WALKING REGIMEN
Improving your overall health and circulation doesn't need to be all about heavy lifting in the gym. Walking for a minimum of approximately 30 minutes per day can also deliver substantial health benefits when done consistently. It's all about consistency!
Whatever your exercise preferences, a regular walking routine has been shown to potentially lower your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. It can also help you maintain a healthy metabolism and strengthen bones and muscles.
TAKE YOUR SUPPLEMENTS
It's no surprise that our busy lives and advanced society cause us to frequently miss out on key nutrients. We just don't have the time to keep track of it all! This is especially true for adults over 50 when stomach acid levels begin to decrease, leaving us more susceptible to vitamin deficiencies.
Choosing the right high-quality supplements can act as a nutritional safety net and prevent any negative side effects caused by deficiencies, such as fatigue and muscle weakness.
Adding a few effective supplements to your routine can give your body an extra boost of vitamins and nutrients, as well as promote better absorption of these nutrients.
Note: When in doubt, always be sure to double-check with your doctor before starting a new supplement routine to ensure your chosen supplement is the right choice for your needs, especially when it comes to preexisting conditions.
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