Finding comfort in a new healthy routine

When it comes to building a healthier lifestyle, you might be more successful with adding new behaviors rather than attempting to break old habits.

Anything you do regularly and consistently can become a ritual. Maintaining a daily routine is crucial to an overall sense of well-being.

Here are some tips to help you get started.

Set the Tone for the Day

Beginning your morning with your health and well-being in mind is key to building a great daily routine.  Your willpower and motivation to engage in healthy behaviors is strongest in the morning.

  • Wake up at the same time each day. By allowing yourself plenty of opportunity to complete each step of your new morning ritual, you will avoid feeling rushed and stressed, setting the tone for the remainder of the day.
  • Drink a glass of water when you first wake up. This habit has myriad benefits, ranging from increased energy and productivity to improved hydration and immunity.
  • Have a healthy breakfast. Go for a balanced meal that includes protein, whole grains and some healthy fats, like a Greek yogurt bowl topped with oats and a drizzle of nut butter or sneak some vegetables in with an omelet or egg sandwich.
  • Make time to move, whether it’s a quick walk around the block, 20 minutes of household chores or a morning workout. You will start the day feeling like you have already accomplished something, and you will enter the afternoon with extra pep in your step.

Get ready for the next habit challenge and earn points!

Wake Up with Water Challenge:  March 18–24, 2024

Drinking water as soon as you wake up is a good way to replenish your body with the hydration that it needs to properly function. Water is a convenient, inexpensive, easily accessible and caffeine-free drink, making it an ideal source for hydration.

  1. Go to Social > Challenges.
  2. Review the challenge rules.
  3. Achieve the habit five out of seven days.
  4. Track to earn 200 points.

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