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5 Habits to Add into your Daily Routine

Mental Wellness
2022-12-02 | By: Snap Fitness
 5 Habits to Add into your Daily Routine

From drinking your morning coffee to doing your daily exercise, our habits shape our lives and can impact our mental health. We get it – sometimes it can be difficult to bring new habits into your daily routine, that’s why we recommend starting small. Some researchers say that when you incorporate smaller habits into your daily routine one at a time, it can overall help make your new habits stick.

Do you need some ideas for easy habits to incorporate into your daily routine? We’ve got you covered!

Drink a glass of water when you wake up

It’s no surprise that drinking water is quintessential for many bodily processes, including transporting nutrients to cells, regulating body temperature, and lubricating your joints.

Studies say that if you drink a glass of water at the start of your day, it can aid in weight loss and mental clarity, boost your mood, and improve the appearance and health of your skin. It is recommended to drink 2.7 – 3.7 liters of water throughout your day, and starting right away in the morning can help you reach that goal.

Do you struggle reaching your daily water consumption goal? If so, try adding flavor to your water to make it taste great! Our favorites include lemon or cucumber slices, or even a powdered flavor packet that you can pick up at your local grocery store.

Take a walk after you eat lunch

Demanding schedules and long to-do lists can make it hard to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. If you can’t make it to your local Snap Fitness for an in-gym workout, we recommend taking a walk after you eat lunch. Even if you only have 10 minutes, it is a great opportunity to get your body moving and clear your mind to finish your day off strong.

Some researchers suggest that taking a walk after you eat may also improve digestion and even help manage blood sugar levels.

Call a friend everyday

In a world that is more connected than ever, it’s important to still make the effort to stay in touch with the people who are closest to you. Incorporate a phone call or video chat into your daily routine—perhaps while you’re on your walk after lunch!

Connecting with friends and family is a means of self-care that fights feelings of loneliness, builds community, and brings joy. It’s important to develop that emotional support and have people who are in your corner.

Make your bed

You have probably heard this time and time again but making your bed in the morning can truly benefit yourself and can overall encourage habits to stick. It might be a small accomplishment, but it can set the tone for your entire day. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished your first task of the day and it will give you a sense of pride. It can encourage you to do another task and another until your to-do list for the day is complete.

Read or journal

Practice mindfulness in your routine by spending time along with a book or journal Partaking in daily reading or journaling can improve memory and critical thinking skills, and can help reduce overall stress.

Additionally, these activities promote time away from a screen, which many of us need for the health of our sleep, posture, eyesight, and attention span! Not sure what to journal about? Here are a few easy journal prompts to get you started:

  • What’s something that you’re good at?

  • What kind of day are you having and why?

  • Where do you feel happiest?

  • What are your favorite characteristics about yourself?

 

Sources:

https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2010/12/making-your-resolutions-stick

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/benefits-of-drinking-water-in-the-morning

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-much-water-should-you-drink-per-day#how-much-you-need

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/walking-after-eating

https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2020/12/call-friends/

https://www.thespruce.com/reasons-to-make-your-bed-every-day-350511

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