5 Healthy Lifestyle Tips

This healthy lifestyle tips post was sponsored by Alomune, however all opinions expressed are genuine and my own.

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Making changes towards a healthy lifestyle always sounds good in the beginning of the year, but more often than not, those resolutions to have a healthy lifestyle shortly become a sheer memory.

The most common reason resolutions fail is because people look at these resolutions in the short run. They want to lose 20lbs, run a 5K marathon, become vegan, and quit smoking overnight.

The reality is that is change takes time and you must come to terms with that.

If you are willing to take baby steps towards an ultimate goal, you will be more likely to have a healthy lifestyle and succeed in the long run.

5 Healthy Lifestyle Tips

1.) Drink More Water
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Your body is made of more than 60% of water. Not soda. Not alcohol. Not juice. Not energy drinks. Pure WATER. Every single part of your body needs water in order to function properly. If you are depriving yourself of water, you’re going to not only become dehydrated, you will start to breakdown. Water is needed to carry out functions, remove wastes, and carry oxygen and nutrients throughout your body as well. You are constantly losing water through breathing, perspiration, and urine and bowel movements. That means you need to constantly replenish that loss. Also? It’s free!


How much water do you need? Take your weight, divide it by 2. That’s about how many ounces of water you need to drink daily. Ex: If I weigh 120lbs, I would need to drink at least 60oz of water each day (or 7.5 cups).


2.) Avoid Processed Foods
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Processed foods are not “real” food. They are artificial. Most of the nutritional value of processed foods are lost during the process of making them, so what are you really eating? You’re eating a lot of sodium, preservatives, additives, artificial sweeteners and chemicals that your body not only doesn’t recognize, but can’t digest properly as well. Over consumption of processed foods can lead to a variety of health issues. Cut back on the amount of processed foods you eat each day for healthier you.


Do you read the nutritional information on the packages you buy? If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you’ll probably be better off without it.


3.) Sleep!
It’s no surprise that Americans are running on a sleep-deprived schedule. There’s too much caffeine, stress, alcohol, work shifts, and not enough time. There’s never enough time. Sleep deprivation can cause a higher risk of drowsiness while driving (especially if you commute for hours each day), a higher risk of obesity, and increased risk of depression, substance abuse, and heart disease. On average, adults should sleep for 7-9 hours each night. Sounds like a fantasy, right? If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, you need to sleep better. Sleeping at least 7 hours each night helps regulate your weight and recharges your body so you feel energized in the morning, not drowsy.


Quick Tip: Turn off your electronics at least an hour before bedtime. This includes your phone, T.V, laptops– anything with a screen projecting light. This will help you “shut down” and makes it easier for you to fall and stay asleep each night.


4.) Eat More Fruits & Vegetables
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This is a no-brainer. Try to aim for at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. I know you’re thinking that’s a lot of fruits and vegetables, but it’s really not. Fruits and vegetables have vitamins and nutrients that are essential to your overall health. They also have fiber, are naturally lower in fat and calories, and are quite filling. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may help reduce the risk of heart disease, the number 1 cause of death in America.


You can incorporate fruits and vegetables in anything. Try adding more vegetables to your traditional pasta salad recipe and a variety of fruits in the morning. Try this berry smoothie recipe for a quick breakfast when you’re on the go.


5.) Exercise
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You do not need to sign up for a gym membership in order to exercise. In fact, I exercise at home during my son’s nap time. There are so many ways you can exercise, the possibilities are endless. 30 minutes a day of exercise is a great start, and I bet if you challenge yourself for just one week of this you will feel so much better than when you started. I like to alternate between exercise DVDs, running on the elliptical, and strength training.


Get creative! Go for a walk at the park, play basketball or tennis, try a Zumba or Slim in 6 DVD, go swimming, or take up yoga– do whatever makes you happy, just be consistent.


I hope you enjoyed these tips towards a healthy lifestyle. Please remember that with any lifestyle change, you want to take it easy. Take it slow. Change does not happen overnight. Slow and steady wins the race, remember?

Please consult with your doctor or dietician before making changes to your lifestyle.

What are some of your favorite tips towards a healthy lifestyle?

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32 Responses to “5 Healthy Lifestyle Tips”

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    Robin (Masshole Mommy) — February 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Those are all great tips. I try to listen to my body when it tells me I need a rest, too. I workout a lot, but sometimes I need a break.

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    Rebekah — February 28, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Great tips. I also am a big sleep. Can’t be healthy without quality sleep habits.

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    mer — February 28, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Sleep and rest is so important – we often overlook that!

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    Jen V — February 28, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I have been slacking since surgery last month and need to get back on track. Thanks for all the great tips!

    • Aly replied: — March 1st, 2014 @ 12:18 am

      Take it easy, Jen! I hope you had a speedy recovery (:

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    Trisha — February 28, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I’m guilty of not drinking enough water! I have a gym membership but do enjoy doing Burst workouts and Zumba at home when my toddler is napping!

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    Lexie Lane — February 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I must be extremely unhealthy as I don’t do any of these things. Not much anyway. Sleep deprivation is contagious in our house and exercise is something really important but rarely happens now. Eeek!!!

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    K Squared Glamour — February 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I need to work on eating less processed foods. Great tips!

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    Christine Luken — February 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I do pretty well with these tips but I can’t give up processed foods entirely! Sometimes I need my peanut M&M’s! ;)

    • Aly replied: — March 1st, 2014 @ 12:17 am

      Haha! I totally understand. You should try dark chocolate chips and almonds as a quick snack. It’s pretty much the same thing, just a little healthier and quite filling too!

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    Danielle — February 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    These are great tips! Fresh, fit, and well rested is the way to go!

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    Shauna — February 28, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Great tips… I also take a multi-vitamin daily. I don’t know if it really helps, but I can tell if I miss it

    • Aly replied: — March 1st, 2014 @ 12:12 am

      Multi-vitamins are definitely important! Keep it up (:

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    Pam — February 28, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    These are great tips! I really need to drink more water, but it’s so hard to give up my diet soda habit. Sigh.

    • Aly replied: — March 1st, 2014 @ 12:14 am

      I actually have an entire post dedicated to diet sodas/artificial sweeteners coming up soon. I think you’d find it super interesting! It may be hard at first, but don’t think about it as cutting it out of your diet entirely, just cutting back a little each day. If you normally have 2 cups, try to aim for 1.5 cups for a couple weeks, and then 1 cup for a couple weeks, and take it slow from there. I was a HUGE soda drinker and I was able to cut it out of my diet entirely in just a couple of months last year. Slow and steady!

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    Claudia Krusch — February 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Love your tips! Just by adding them, basically, I lost over 20 pounds last year!

    • Aly replied: — March 1st, 2014 @ 12:15 am

      Same here! *High Five*

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell — March 1, 2014 at 12:01 am

    I’m definitely improving on my water intake. Every day I get a little bit better with it.

    • Aly replied: — March 1st, 2014 @ 12:15 am

      That’s awesome to hear, Liz!

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    Lois Alter Mark — March 1, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Great tips, and thanks for the reminder to drink more water. Going to get a glass right now!

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    Sandra — March 1, 2014 at 2:32 am

    I need to get better and drink more water!!! Thanks for these!

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