By Meg Crane
If you’re going to follow Robin’s advice, here are a few tips to help you on your way to a healthier you.
Check in with your body
Does anything hurt? How does it feel? How do you feel, emotionally? Why? Being concious of how and why our body feels a certain way is a good step towards keeping it healthy.
Eat a variety of foods
This will ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need and keep life interesting! Try out a new recipe every month. Pick up foods you’ve never tried before. Explore vegan, gluten-free or raw food cook books, if you haven’t before. Spice things up in your kitchen!
Skip sedentary hang outs
Make plans with friends that will get you off the couch. That could mean going for a stroll through the park, heading to some swings, playing on a play structure when little ones aren’t around, checking out a the bowling alley or spending the afternoon birding, snowshoeing or wall climbing. The options for active hang outs are endless!
Keep new company
It’s hard to plan healthy hang outs if you’re friends are more interested in playing video games all day or partying all night. You don’t need to drop your friends, but finding folks who want to have an afternoon adventure in the snow or explore new recipes can really help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle. Most cities are packed with classes where your future friends are waiting for you.
Be a little easier on you
Are you really dreading tonight’s zumba class? Then don’t go. Find an activity that you prefer. Do you find yourself wanting to cry over the salad you’ve got for dinner? Find a way to consume those veggies in a way you enjoy, like on a pizza! Sometimes we need to push ourselves to live healthier, but it shouldn’t feel like torture, or even a chore. Put some effort into finding way to be healthy that make you happy, because your mental health is as important as your physical health.
Meg Crane is the founder of Cockroach. Follow her on Twitter.