The other day, I mentally began to take stock of all the healthy habits I’ve started in 2019 and I was so proud of myself.
I started 2019 with a vague goal of becoming healthier but I didn’t think I was gonna go all out. I just thought I was gonna try to eat healthier and maybe go to the gym a few times a week to get my body in shape and that would be it.
But looking at my list now, I love how I’ve been able to include unexpected new healthy habits here and there and how they have quickly become part of my routine.
This is by no means an extensive list. Every time, I do a bit of research, I find myself tweaking more things or even adding new things completely to my routine.
So, let’s dive into it, shall we?
Nutritional Healthy Habits:
- Meal prepping
The first healthy habit and I started and quickly dropped was meal prepping. The goal was to be more intentional about my diet by cooking healthier and including more fruits and vegetables. It lasted for about a month or so as I got bored quickly. It also affected my eating habits. I started to crave more processed food and I found myself eating out more. But what I discovered was that I needed to be more flexible and find another way around meal prepping. At the moment, I’m currently exploring another method but I’m taking it easy and hoping to sustain it.
- Eating more vegetables
One of my biggest goals was to learn how to eat vegetables daily. I knew it was gonna be hard but I needed to try. I started by making more vegetable stir-frys and salads. Just like my meal prepping efforts, I haven’t had that much success either. But I’m still pushing to find the right balance.
- Regular smoothies
If eating daily vegetables was proving a bit difficult, I wasn’t going to slack on eating fruits. At the beginning of the year, I started with daily Avocado smoothies on weekdays but now, it has evolved to include more fruits. My absolute fave is banana and strawberry smoothie. I also try to include chia seeds in my smoothies when I remember. At the moment, I’m currently happy with my method of making smoothies. I like to think that I make the creamiest smoothies!
- Drinking Green Tea or Lemon Water before working out.
As I will explain later on, I started working out as well but I struggled with pre-workout meals. I never know what to eat before working out. But one day, I tried drinking warm lemon water in the morning before my home workout and I loved it. I also got some green tea as well. I struggled so hard for so long to drink green tea. But I’m happy to announce that I have found a way around it by adding honey and drinking it at the right temperature. I have my green tea with breakfast before running on weekdays.
- Swapping Cow Milk for Almond Milk
I was watching this Health Nerd channel on YouTube a couple of weeks ago and he went into great detail explaining the effects of dairy on our health. Long story short, it’s not so healthy. So I took that mindset and went scouting for a healthier alternative to milk. I found different options but I was drawn to Unsweetened Almond Milk. I was soo sceptical about this decision but I tried it anyway. Turns out, the Almond Milk wasn’t so bad.
Physical Healthy Habits:
- Attending fitness classes
After sorting out my nutrition, I knew I need to get active ASAP but I was afraid my body would betray me. So I needed to find the easiest way to go about it without putting too much strain on my body. I browsed through the easiest fitness classes I could find and settled for yoga. The class was a success and I was glad I was able to ease into the active life.
- Going to the Gym
After attending a few fitness classes, I figured that I was ready to go to the gym. My first time was a bit awkward as I had to figure out how to use the equipment. No, I didn’t attend an induction class. I didn’t even know it was a thing. But eventually, I found a way around them and had a good session. At the moment, I alternate between the gym and fitness classes.
- Going to the sauna
One of the best things about my leisure centre is the sauna/steam room. After working out, I settle in the sauna for about 30 minutes to relax my nerves and unclog my pores. It has fast become a fave post workout routine.
Running is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do so much that it makes going to the gym feel like a cakewalk. It is so hard but they say it gets easier with time. Hopefully, it does. Right now, to spice up my fitness routine, I run on weekends using the Nike Run Club app. In fact, I’d like to think that Nike apps are great fitness motivation for me. I love how easy and intuitive it is for me to use and I absolutely enjoy it. Although as a beginner, I’d advise you to start running at your own pace and avoid the guided runs. You don’t want to overstretch and injure yourself in the process.
- Daily home workouts at intervals.
As I mentioned earlier, the Nike apps are a lifesaver at this point in my life. I use the Nike Training for my home workouts when I don’t go to the gym. I love how there’s something for everyone from beginner to advanced. Also, I don’t have to spend 45 minutes doing an intensive workout when 15 minutes is just fine. I also love how they sync with my Google Fit app so that I can track all my fitness activities.
Mental Healthy Habits:
Again, I was watching a few videos on the Health Nerd YouTube channel and he talked about the benefits of meditation and I thought I should give it a try. To be honest I just started meditating using the Headspace app and I still struggle with it. But like they say, it will only get better with time. I’m hoping I can come back here after a while to talk about my journey.
My biggest breakthrough this year is writing again. You have no idea how much I have struggled to get back to this space. It was a habit I had years back but dropped due to work. I deeply regret it because I know how much ground I would have covered by now. But I’m not going to dwell on that. I’m just going to try and wake up every morning and pen my thoughts. Right now, I’ve succeeded in waking up to write about three times a week, the goal is seven times a week and I know I can achieve it with practice.
Another great habit I started in 2019 was my Korean Skincare Routine. Read how it got my skin popping. Literally!