7 Ways to Live Healthier Without Leaving Your Apartment
So I don’t really talk about it a lot, but here’s a fun fact for ya….
I lost 38 pounds without a gym membership or eating plan.
Yeah, I don’t post a lot of pictures of myself because I’m a bit awkward on camera (I mean, what do I do with my hands? Do I look straight at the camera or do I look away?!)
But that’s a different story. After all, this post isn’t about losing weight. It’s about living a healthier lifestyle.
Losing weight just kind of came with the territory of me eating better and becoming more active. At first I just wanted to drop the extra weight I put on since beginning college (thanks, dining hall cookies) and I never expected (or desired) to lose as much as I did. But, here I am. My skin is better, my hair is healthier, I get sick a lot less, I have more energy, and even my GPA has benefited from being less sluggish and more ready-to-kick-the-day’s-booty.
Like I said, no eating plan was involved and no gym membership was needed. I simply adopted some healthier habits and saw results.
I’m passing this knowledge on to you today because I know that with swimsuit season coming up, we all just want to feel confident. It’s not about being a certain size or wearing strapless dresses, it’s just about having the energy to prance around in cute, scalloped shorts. Nothing wrong with that.
It’s a busy time, (midterms, work, tax season) so let’s look at some ways to live a healthier lifestyle that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
Water before caffeine
This is the first rule I adopted and one of the most important. Every morning, have a big cup or bottle of water before you have coffee. This starts your metabolism and hydrates you after your body has been in rest overnight. It’s even going to wake you up better than the coffee will! (But obviously still have your coffee because it’s delicious and makes for a good Instagram picture.)
Wake up earlier, go to bed earlier
When I first decided to start living healthier, I changed up my sleep routine. I go to bed around 9pm every night and wake up somewhere between 5:40 and 6. That’s 9 hours of glorious Z’s. You might do more of a 10:30pm-7am cycle, but just make sure you’re getting around 8 hours. When you don’t sleep enough, you tend to make poor choices in what you eat the following day. Sleeping well will have you reaching for those veggies and feeling amazing!
Eat more snacks
We’ve all heard that we should eat smaller portions and eat more frequently. And ya’ll, it actually works. Here’s an example of what I eat in a day to show you what I mean:
Breakfast: oatmeal and a banana
Morning snack: greek yogurt
Lunch: sweet potato with a side of veggies
Afternoon snack: blue corn chips and hummus (guilty pleasure)
Dinner: veggie pasta
Dessert: little bit of dark chocolate
If your friends want to grab lunch or dinner, go ahead and go! Don’t feel restricted to eating clean from your kitchen every day. Just take notice of how big the portions are and maybe bring half home.
Drink green tea
The benefits of green tea are endless! Primarily I like it to aid in speeding up my metabolism. If you’re not a fan of hot green tea, try pouring it over ice and adding a splash of orange juice! I do this every once in a while and it’s super refreshing, but adds a little sweetness.
Do some at-home bodyweight workouts
It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Blogilates. If you have 15 minutes, you can do 2 entire workouts! I also sometimes will randomly search for workouts on Pinterest. I think there’s a misconception that just doing a few crunches and squats in your room won’t get you anywhere, and that is total bologna! Working your muscles and challenging your body doesn’t have to happen in a gym.
Eat foods that are good for your metabolism
Metabolism is a central theme in this post because the better it works, the better you’ll feel. When I wanted to make healthy eating choices, I didn’t search “foods with no calories” or “foods for weight loss”, I simply looked at foods that were good metabolism boosters. Green veggies are great, and that’s why you always see me whipping up some zucchini or experimenting with peppers.
Find a de-stressing activity
A few posts ago, I talked about “finding your Zumba”. All in all, stress is a huge factor to any unwanted weight gain and health issues. Everyone has stressors in their life (hello, college) and it’s important to find ways we can deal with it to keep ourselves sane and healthy. Quick! Pull out a piece of paper and write down 3 things that help you de-stress. For me it’s writing blog posts, going to Sonic happy hour with Cam, and dancing. Make sure you schedule time for those this week!
This post is a collaboration with Abigail of Sincerely, Abigail.
Now, at the end of any health-related post, I gotta give my little spiel:
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL THE WAY YOU ARE AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE! BUT IF YOU WANT TO LIVE HEALTHIER, THESE TIPS WILL DEFINITELY HELP YOU. OK. HAVE A GREAT DAY. BYE!
Heehee. Have a great rest of the week guys!