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It’s easy to say you want to get healthier. However, actually developing and sticking to a healthier lifestyle can be a bit more difficult. Start your journey to a healthier you by implementing these simple and effective habits into your life!

Set Goals
A healthy lifestyle includes accomplishing new things, and goals are a great way to track and celebrate those accomplishments. Plus, goals are whatever you make of them—they can be focused on healthier eating, introducing more movement into your life, cultivating relationships, and so much more. Just make sure that they’re SMART—specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-based.

Eat Breakfast
Start your day the healthy way! Eating breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism in the morning, and it’s a great way to boost your energy levels and develop more focus, thus making for a more productive day. To make your breakfast as healthy as possible, try to skip processed, sugary foods and stick with proteins, dairy, grains, and fruit.

Plan Meals
When you’re in a bind, reaching for the takeout menu is an easy option and doing so once every so often is okay! But planning your meals out can help limit how frequently you opt for unhealthier meals. Coming up with a few good, nutritious recipes that you can make ahead of time and simply heat up to eat will be a lifesaver when you need something healthy fast!

Practice Moderation
All too often, people set out with the plan to develop healthier eating habits and fall into harmful diet fads and trends that restrict certain foods. Instead, practice moderation—enjoy practical amounts of your favorite foods from time to time while still incorporating healthy proteins, fruits and vegetables, and grains into your diet to stay balanced and on course.

Drink Lots of Water
How much water do you drink in a day? While experts’ suggestions vary, about 8 glasses of water is a good rule of thumb. Among many other benefits, staying hydrated can help aid digestion, regulate your body temperature, cushions your joints, and even helps clear your skin!

Get Enough Sleep
We focus on our daytime habits to help form a healthier lifestyle, but your sleep is a major part of your health as well. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep helps create a more productive day, supports healthy growth and development, and boosts your immune system. To form better sleep habits, consistently go to bed and wake up at the same time, create a dark and cool environment to sleep in, and avoid all screens before bedtime.

Train Muscles
When we think about getting and staying healthy, many often think they should be participating in high-intensity activities like running and other forms of cardio. However, training your muscles with bodyweight exercises or weights makes for stronger bones and helps manage weight more than most other exercises! Don’t forget to stretch before and after you train your muscles as well.

Surround Yourself With Other Healthy People
One of the easiest ways to develop healthier habits is to surround yourself with others who have them. Find a workout buddy, someone you can swap recipes with, or a friend who you love to chat with about what you’re each doing to stay healthy! Being able to share and your habits and learn from others will help you in your healthier lifestyle.

Getting started building a healthier lifestyle all begins with small changes that can eventually become your everyday habits.

Try implementing a few of these easy actions into your routine and soon, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier you.

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