Small Changes Every Day

I've recently started doing an in-person life & health coaching class with Natasha Durel of Natasha Durel Life Coaching in her office space. Our first theme was "Every Day Small Changes." She talked about changes that you can make in your life overall and I talked about small changes that you can make in your life regarding health and fitness. We decided to make this a theme for our class because many people decide that they want to change their life and go in full force, burn out, and quit. We talked about more sustainable ways to make healthy changes, both mentally and physically, into one's life.

I don't want to give away too much of what we did and what we spoke about during the class (or give away Natasha's tips), but I thought that it would be nice to share a few of tasks and tips that I went over.

  1. Drink an 8 oz. glass of water upon waking up. The reason that I mentioned this is because it's so easy to get into the habit of doing this! When your body is asleep you go at least 7 hours without drinking water and, therefore, you get dehydrated. So right as you wake up, drink a nice glass of water to start your body's rehydration process for the day.

  2. 10 Gulp Rule. My second tip piggybacks off of the first because hydration is SO important! If you are trying to drink more water and are having a hard time getting into the habit, then this tip is perfect for you. Every time you drink water, take ten big gulps. I got this tip from Celebrity Trainers Chris & Heidi Powell and I think it's a good one!

  3. Incorporate fruits and vegetables into every meal. Many people don't get enough fruits and vegetables in their daily food intake and that's because they don't think about doing this. Adding fruits and/or vegetables to every snack or meal is an easy way to ensure that you are getting in enough nutrients for the day.

  4. Plan your workouts like they're appointments that you cannot miss. Choose a time at the beginning of each week to sit down and plan out what time you will workout and the duration of it. You will be more likely to go since you set aside time for it in your day. It may even be helpful to invest in a personal trainer or health coach to keep you on track with your workouts and keep you accountable overall.

  5. Do 1 thing every day that's going to get you one step closer to your goals. Yes this can apply to all aspects of your life, but I'm mentioning this in regards to health and fitness. Choose a task that is easy to accomplish by breaking up your larger goals into smaller steps and completing one each day. For example, you want to lose some weight: On day 1, you set up an appointment to talk with a nutritionist or sign up with a personal trainer. Day 2 consists of spending 30 minutes looking up healthy recipes that you can cook. On day 3, you go to the grocery store and buy healthy food. On day 4, you go and buy a couple of workout outfits that make you excited to go to the gym. And the list continues until you reach your goal..

Overall, implementing smaller changes into your life will keep you getting too overwhelmed and is a much more sustainable way to make big lifestyle changes. When you take smaller steps, you are less likely to give up and more likely to accomplish what you aimed for. Good luck and if you need any help or have any questions please feel free to email myself or Natasha!

Visit her website: Natasha Durel Life Coaching

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