10, 10, 2016

4 Simple Things I’m Doing to Be More Healthy

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It’s been about a few months since Teyana Taylor showed us all up in the Fade video. Side note, I’ve always known Teyana Taylor was bad but how did I not see that video coming. Like, who’s beating that post baby body — I digress.

But even before Teyana slayed us all, I decided that I need to take better care of myself (I promise I’m telling the truth). This is the only body that I have to work with; I have to treat it well so that it treats me well. Now, before we move on, let me preface this by saying that I’m NOT the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to health and fitness. My knowledge of exercise and a well-balanced diet is minimal, to say the least. But that’s no excuse. So I Googled some things, talked to some people and figured out a wellness plan that I can manage to execute. If you’re like me, here are a few things I’m doing to be more healthy. Easy enough for the fitness-challenged to understand. 

 

1. Drinking more water.

On a recent visit to the doctor’s office, I learned that I wasn’t drinking nearly as much water as I should. My doctor advised that I drink at east 64 ounces of water a day and well, my water count was closer to a few sips a day.

The easiest way for me to do this is to drink 4 large cups of water a day. I discovered that the largest cup in my house holds 16 ounces of liquid. Four of these gets me right at the recommended amount: morning, early afternoon, early evening, and right before bed.

2. Eat more fruits and vegetables.

Like the water, eating more fruits and veggies is an obvious way to a healthier lifestyle. Believe it or not, I don’t always get my daily servings of the two. One simple way I found to incorporate more fruits and veggies is by making a smoothie. I grab some of my favorites and blend them together for a quick breakfast smoothie.

Here are some smoothie recipes you can try:

Berry Smoothie Bowl

50 Healthy Smoothie Recipes

 

3. Using fitness apps.

As I’ve established, I’m completely ignorant of all things health and fitness related. So, I found a few apps that help me out with exercises, recipes, counting steps and so much more. Here are a few of my favorite apps:

Fit Girls Guide

Pedometer++

Couch to 5K®

 

4. Jumping rope.

When all of those fancy exercises from the apps fail me– because I don’t know how to do them or they’re killing me– I jump rope. It’s important for me to have fun while I’m exercising or else I won’t do it. Of course not exercising is not an option if I want to be healthier. Jumping rope is a great cardio workout that I enjoy. All I do is load up my favorite playlist and jump to my heats content. I start with 10 minutes and slowly work my way up as my endurance increases. Fun fact: I was on the double dutch team in elementary school (sorry, I don’t have any pictures).

How do you stay healthy?


2 responses to “4 Simple Things I’m Doing to Be More Healthy”

  1. Kirsten says:

    Drinking more water is essential the being more healthy, but man it is way easier to say I’ll drink more water than to actually do it!

    Kirsten – http://www.thewanderingbrunette.com

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