Updated: Aug 2, 2019
You know how some of your daily routines are second nature? You complete certain parts of your day in autopilot…
As soon as you get out of bed… you head for the coffee maker.
Before you walk out the door… you brush your teeth.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could make healthy habits like working out, drinking more water, and eating healthier just as mindless?
Healthify-ing your daily routine is absolutely possible, with a little bit of strategy, self-awareness and planning.
Set Yourself Up For Success
Don’t rely on willpower. Contrary to popular belief, willpower is a finite resource. You only have access to a certain amount of it each day. If you know you have things on your to-do list that require extra effort or energy, do them first while your “willpower tank” is full. Plus, by planning ahead, you can lessen the in-the-moment motivation requirement. Meal prepping healthy meals or packing your gym bag ahead of time make it convenient and easier to stick to your goals. (1)
Set small goals. While we’re all for dreaming big, sticking to a new habit requires you to actually be able to achieve some success along the way. If you want to try meditation, consider starting with just 5 minutes a day. A smaller goal is easier to accomplish on a consistent basis making it more likely that you’ll actually develop a habit and incorporate the change into your daily routine for the long term.
Create new triggers. A trigger is something that automatically prompts another action. If you sync up a new goal with something you already do like eating breakfast or brushing your teeth, soon you’ll find that your body naturally expects the two actions to go together.
Routine-Worthy Additions (in case you need some inspiration!)
Drink lemon water in the morning. After a night’s sleep your body wakes up dehydrated because it has been without water for several hours. By spiking a cup of water with fresh lemon, you can hydrate and get the benefits from the added Vitamin C, nutrients and phytochemicals from the lemon. (2)
Move for 30 minutes, every day. Walk outside, stretch, lift weights, do some cardio, or play with your kids. Our bodies are meant to move. But sometimes a regimented schedule (read: your plan is that you HAVE to run 3 miles every day) can make you lose motivation quicker. If you keep the movement goal more open ended, you can listen to your body from day to day.
Meditate. Health gurus, celebrities, and even “Average Joes” are finding that a daily meditation practice does wonders for their overall sense of wellbeing. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a beginner’s guide.
Supplement. If you know that you feel better when you regularly take your probiotic, your multivitamin, or use your topical magnesium, make sure that you don’t forget them! A simple tip? Set your daily supplements by your bedside table. That way they’re the first thing you see in the morning. It’ll feel oh so satisfying when you know that you’ve accomplished a healthful habit before you’ve even gotten out of bed.
If you’ve got magnesium-specific goals, check out these tips for getting more magnesium into your day.
Do you have any other tried and true methods for improving your daily routine?