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5 ways to a healthier lifestyle

5 ways to a healthier lifestyle

Over the years, I feel like I have developed a fairly healthy lifestyle for myself, without obsessing over things too much. I enjoy the meals I eat, I have grown to love exercise and I am content with the way I look (most of the time). Personally, I am not a fan of certain diets, but instead prefer to make subtle long-term changes for the better. For me, radical changes are only short-term solutions, and in the end, I think it is more about being and living healthy. I do, however, think that a juice cleanse is an amazing thing. I did a 5-day cleanse back in December, and have noticed significant changes in my metabolism and well-being since then. To the point where I am actually already looking forward to the next cleanse in the Summer. But that’s off topic. Today, I want to share 5 ways to a healthier lifestyle, that will be easy to adapt and maintain over time.

5 ways to make your lifestyle healthier

1. Drink Lots of Water!
This is such a common thing, but do you really stick to it? As someone who has dealt with eczema and super dry skin since birth, I have gotten to know my body over time. If I don’t drink enough H2O one day, I can see the immediate consequences the next. Apart from the fact that about 2.5 – 3 L of pure water will make your skin glow, it also helps with digestion and regulates your hunger. In a society with a surplus like we’re used to, we sometimes even mistake thirst for hunger. Drink those 8 cups!
Personal Tip: I have a super pretty bkr water bottle (at home and at the gym) or our MyEQUA bottle (at work), which both equal about 500ml of water. I always have those around and filled up, that way I have a better understanding of how much I have already had to drink. The daily goal is 6 of those bottles!

2. Go Green!
I have mentioned a few times, that I am blessed in a way that I simply love the taste of fruits and vegetables. What is hard for some people to eat, is pure bliss for me. A bowl of fruit and granola is 10x more appealing to me than waffles, and a salad with a ton of amazing ingredients beats pizza on most days. It is simply what I like, so it is easy for me to preach getting your veggies in. However, try to go green by simply matching your serving size of whatever you’re having with the same amount of vegetables. If you want pasta for dinner, go for it! But make sure that the salad on the side is just as big as your plate of pasta. If you’re having a big BBQ-feast, make sure that there are plenty of healthy side options, not just the normal garlic bread. Lots of salads, grilled bell peppers or zucchini, a healthy tzatziki with low fat greek yogurt and cucumber or steamed broccoli can quickly turn an otherwise unhealthy meal into the exact opposite.

5 ways to make your lifestyle healthier

{healthy hummus chicken – find the recipe on The Daily Dose}

3. Listen To Your Body!
Everyone always preaches to have breakfast. While I do believe that it is important to start your day right, I am also someone who doesn’t necessarily need breakfast. I can get by until lunch just fine on a grande latte or 500ml of fresh juice and a few berries. Personally, I like to listen to my body. Some days I crave a huge bowl of yogurt with chia, walnuts, fruit and whatever else I can find in the kitchen – on other days, all I want is a big cup of coffee. Of course it is not the best thing for your metabolism, but I simply don’t see the point in eating when I am not hungry. A (healthy) breakfast, can quickly add 400-700kcal to your daily intake, so if your body doesn’t ask for you, don’t force it!

4. Take The Stairs!
This is something I adapted fairly quickly after moving to Vienna. When you get around town by public transportation, there are so many opportunities to burn a few extra calories throughout the day. I always took the stairs, and if the weather was nice, I would even get off a stop or 2 early and walk the rest!
Since I drive most places now, I don’t get in as many stairs anymore, but for example when I visit friends who live on the 2nd or 3rd floor, I always take the stairs. We live on the 6th floor, so that makes it a bit more difficult. In all fairness and honesty, I always take the elevator at home … unless I’ve been on a run, then I like to finish my workout by making my thighs burn a little with 6 flights of stairs.

5 ways to make your lifestyle healthier

5. Be Realistic With Your Workouts!
Let’s face it, if you’re working full-time or have exams coming up at school, there is simply no way you’re going to be at the gym 5 days a week. It quickly become frustrating when you set yourself goals that simply aren’t realistic. For me, the magic number is 3 when it comes to sweating. I know that 3 workouts per week are absolutely manageable with my schedule. If I can only get moving twice, at least I almost made my goal, and if I squeeze in a 4th workout, I finish the week feeling proud! In the end, even a quick 30 minute workout is better than no workout.
Personal Tip: Treat your workouts just like other obligations or appointments and make the necessary time. Being healthy and feeling fit is at least as important as that lecture at college or a meeting at work!

Do you have tips for a healthier lifestyle? I’d love to know!

11 Comments

  • 4 years ago

    Mit der Zeit ist leider wirklich wahr, genieße momentan noch mein Au-Pair-Leben mit viel Freizeit oder der Möglichkeit Sport zu machen wenn die Kleine einen Mittagsschlaf hält, aber habe schon richtig Angst diese Zeit in Deutschland nicht mehr zu finden! Super Tipps, verfolge auch schon alle seit ein paar Monaten:)

    Liebe Grüße!
    Mein Lifestyle- und Reiseblog: http://in-genue.blogspot.com

  • 4 years ago

    Super tolle Tipps! Vor allem das mit dem Wasser muss ich noch besser umsetzen – aber das kriege ich auch noch hin 🙂
    Liebe Grüße
    Alissa
    http://www.alissaloves.wordpress.com

  • 4 years ago

    Tolle Tipps! Ich trinke immer viel zu wenig, es hat sich zwar etwas gebessert, aber an die 3 Liter komme ich nie dran… Ich werde an mir arbeiten;)

    Liebe Grüße
    Luisa

  • 4 years ago

    LOVE this! It’s all such great, practical (and honest) advice. Thank you!

  • 4 years ago

    Super toller Post. Ich stimme dir in allen Punkten zu!
    Vor allem beim Frühstück, ich hab ne Zeit lang immer Breakfast zu mir genommen ohne überhaupt hungrig gewesen zu sein und mich gewundert wieso ich nicht abnehmen.. Aber jetzt mal im ernst, wieso sollte man Essen wenn man nicht hungrig ist? Mir gehts viel besser wenn ich morgens nur meinen Latte trinke und dann um 13 Uhr Lunchen kann 🙂

    Love, Kerstin

    http://missgetaway.wordpress.com/

  • 4 years ago

    Für mich gehören auch kleine Snacks dazu, sodass ich auf ca. 5 Mahlzeiten komme. Wenn ich keinen Hunger habe, lasse ich sie aus, aber ich sehe keinen Sinn darin 5 Stunden zu hungern, um dann in der Mittagspause über die Kantine herzufallen. Da gönne ich mir doch lieber gegen 10.30 Uhr ein Pumpernickel, einen Obstsalat oder sonst eine gesunde Alternative und halte bis 13 Uhr super durch. In der Mittagspause gibt es dann meist einen Salat mit Brezel o.ä. und das reicht mir dann auch vollkommen.

    Außerdem sollte man sich nicht zum Sport zwingen, wenn der Körper beim Joggen nicht mehr kann, nicht zwingen bis die Strecke zu Ende gejoggt ist. Lieber zügig zurück gehen.
    Liebe Grüße
    Jenny

  • Anna
    4 years ago

    Zum viel-trinken-Tipp: wem immer kalt ist, am besten keine kalten getränke trinken, sondern lieber Tee oder heißes Wasser (mit einer Scheibe Ingwer & Honig evtl.) Von Bananen und Zitrusfrüchten wird mir auch leicht kalt 🙂

  • 4 years ago

    Wunderbare Tips Vicky! Es ist echt schön, was für eine gesunde Sichtweise zu dem ganzen hast. Sehr erfrischend! Und auch einige hilfreiche Tips 🙂
    xoxo, Ronja

  • Jela
    4 years ago

    Die Tipps sind wirklich ziemlich klasse und vor allem hilfreich!
    Denke davon kann ich mir auch jeden Fall das eine oder andere abgucken und hoffentlich dann auch anwenden. 🙂

    Liebe Grüße
    jelaegbe.blogspot.de

  • 4 years ago

    Die Tipps nehme ich mir auch zu Herzen!
    Besonders das mit dem Wasser mache ich auch. UNd ich liebe auch gemüse und Früchte. Ich kann mich nicht mal erklären wie jemand das nicht mögen kann 😀

    Liebst
    Svetlana

  • 4 years ago

    Ich kann dir in allen Punkten nur zustimmen. Es ist wirklich erstaunlich, welche Auswirkungen es hat, genügend Wasser zu trinken. Da musste ich mich lange Zeit regelrecht dazu zwingen – heute könnte ich es mir anders gar nicht mehr vorstellen.

    Auch sonst bin ich deiner Meinung. Ich bin auch kein Fan von Crash-Diäten oder 14 Tagen Power-Workout. Kontinuität zahlt sich dann eben doch aus und macht auch mehr Spaß 😉

    Liebe Grüße
    Ina

    http://www.ina-nuvo.com

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