Radically changing your lifestyle is difficult and takes time. Instead of trying to do everything at once, make small steps towards a larger goal. You don’t have to cut out all carbs or work out 3 hours every day. Choose one or two of the changes below, focus on adjusting your lifestyle, and adopt a few more once you’re comfortable with moving on.
101 Small Changes
1. Get a gym membership. Next step is to try to go regularly.
2. Cut out soda. Trust us, you don’t need this sugary sugar syrup.
3. Buy fruits instead of sugary snacks. It’ll make the right choice effortless.
4. Take a walk after eating large meals. This will help kickstart the digestive process.
5. Don’t have cheat days. Stick to cheat meals. It’s easier to stay on target.
6. Cut out store-bought fruit juices. Most of them lack the nutritional value they claim to have.
7. Avoid fried foods. Choose baked or grilled options.
8. Buy fresh fruits and veggies instead of canned or prepackaged.
9. Go without the bread. It’ll make you bloated and it’s unnecessary carbs.
10. Choose the healthier option when dining out. The taste might surprise you.
11. Stay away from highly processed chips. Baked chips or veggie chips are better.
12. Read a good book. It stimulates your mind.
13. Relieve some stress by keeping a journal. Jot your thoughts down once in a while.
14. Invite some friends to your house for the game or go out and socialize for a few hours.
15. Drink less caffeine. Two cups of coffee or tea are enough.
16. Choose leaner meats for meals.
17. Don’t skip meals. You don’t want to send your body into starvation mode.
18. Ease up on the salad dressing. Go for oil and vinegar or nothing at all.
19. Don’t cook with any grease in your pan. Clean it first.
20. Get into resistance training, not just cardio. Cardio is great, but you don’t get all the benefits of exercise.
21. Start or join a running/workout/biking group in your town.
22. Choose whole grain or wheat bread over white. You don’t need the bleach.
23. Only take one when offered a dessert or snack.
24. Find a workout playlist with music you enjoy. Workouts will seem to go faster and might even be fun.
25. Choose brown rice over white rice. Your rice may not last as long on the shelf, but it is much healthier for you.
27. Go organic or locally grown. You’ll be able to remove some harmful chemicals from your diet.
28. Avoid most artificial sweeteners. However, Stevia is an okay option.
29. Clean the house! Vacuum the floors, dust the shelves, and reorganize the furniture.
30. Stop using pain relievers every day. Drink some more water and find some natural solutions for inflammation and pain.
31. Find a gym partner. You’ll have someone to hold you accountable for your workouts.
32. Go for a jog, and bring your dog too (if you have one)!
33. Set an alarm at 30-minute intervals. Stand up and walk around for a few minutes.
34. Try a monthly fit challenge. Do a quick search to find one.
35. Get back into a sport you stopped playing. It’ll be fun and help you get back into shape.
36. Try a new sport.
37. Tired? Just take a nap already. Caffeine won’t always help.
38. Blend up fruits and veggies in a morning smoothie if you don’t get enough throughout the day.
39. Drink more water – go for at least 64oz per day.
40. Head to the gym at least 3 times per week.
41. Eat more vegetables. They are packed with nutrients and can help you balance your diet.
42. Consume more fiber.
43. Get 8-9 hours of sleep.
44. Eat more healthy foods at mealtime, so you’re not craving dessert afterward.
45. Go for a swim. Swimming is a more effective calorie burner than running on the treadmill.
46. Be sure to do low-intensity and high-intensity workouts. It’ll keep your body in tip-top shape.
47. Spend some time in the sun. Vitamin D can improve mood and help maintain healthy bones.
48. Don’t get the french fries when you do get fast food. They’re just unnecessary carbs.
49. Go for a run or a bike ride once a week.
50. Read a good health and fitness blog (try us!).
52. Clean out the pantry. Buy healthier snacks or avoid them and get more fruits and vegetables you like.
53. Try a delicious recipe instead of going out to eat.
54. Take it easy on the butter and oils. Excess saturated fats (and trans fats) are not needed.
55. Stop putting it off. Take out the trash and don’t let it overflow next time.
56. Make some new friends at the gym. Friends can make almost anything pleasant.
57. Schedule a 5k. 5ks are quick, easy, and they cost you a little bit of money (so you’ll probably more likely to attend).
58. Turn off the TV, computer, or phone and get something done. You know that thing you’ve been putting off for a while now?
60. Cut back on the cream and sugar in your coffee. Try putting in half as much as you normally would.
61. Use egg whites instead of the whole egg (or go for local eggs).
62. Set smaller, achievable goals. Accomplishing smaller goals will take your focus off of the larger end goal which may seem impossible.
63. Does your body tell you it hates bread? Is it telling you to get up and do something? Listen to your body is telling you.
64. Alternate between turkey bacon and pork bacon, and don’t eat too much of either!
65. Write down your progress in an exercise log, such as the amount you can lift or the time you spent doing cardio.
66. Ask for help. At work, in the gym, school, or wherever you might need it.
67. Limit the amount of alcohol your drink.
68. Find and begin a fitness program. We have one!
69. Do you smoke? If you do, you should stop.
70. Stay away from theatre popcorn. It’s a large bucket of carbs and fat. Plus, it’s way overpriced.
71. Make a bucket list, and start checking things off. Imagine you only have 5 years left to live. What would you like to do?
72. Designate one day of the week to go without internet. You will feel good not having to look at your phone every two minutes.
73. Just forget about the news. Their goal is to inflate situations and instill fear in their viewer. The amount of warfare and death by others is at a worldwide low.
74. Do something that scares you. The anticipation of the event is much more unpleasant than the actual experience.
75. Be kind to someone daily. You’re never too busy to be kind.
77. Say “no” when you want to. You don’t have to say yes because you’re afraid of how someone might feel.
78. Instead of buying highly processed juice with added sugar, make your own. Get yourself a juicer and juice a few times per week.
79. Don’t obsess over the outcome. You should focus on what you can control, such as effort, instead of results you can’t control.
80. Spend a few minutes each day to reflect on your blessings. Gratitude can change your world, and it’s contagious.
81. Eat at least one meal with family or friends per day. Sitting down with your loved ones creates a great sense of community.
82. Don’t forget to floss. Flossing can prevent gum disease and tooth loss.
83. Make your bed first thing in the morning. According to research, people who make their bed in the morning are happier and more successful.
84. Create a to-do list each day with 3 items. Don’t try to do a hundred small things. Find 3 things that would make the greatest impact.
85. Start finding multiple income streams. Buckle down and focus on finding additional income sources.
86. Make a couple drastic life changes each year. Try new things, take risks, pursue your dreams, etc.
87. Wait an hour to check your social media and email after you wake up. Checking it first thing in the morning can slow your morning routine.
88. Buy a small place rather than rent a nice one. You shouldn’t pay an insane amount of money on rent each month.
89. Save 10 percent (or more) of your income.
90. Apologize when you’re wrong, and then move on. It’s not up to you if people choose not to forgive you.
91. Eat until you’re around 80% full. Who likes feeling sick after they eat anyway?
92. Stretch each morning for 15 minutes. It can get you moving and feeling good.
93. Let go of a habit or relationship that is no longer good. You’re only hurting yourself by keeping them.
94. Praise and compliment yourself on a job well done or how you look. Make yourself feel good.
95. Believe in yourself. Tell yourself, “I can do this.”
96. Remember your worth, and remind yourself daily.
97. Put yourself in the best place possible. You don’t need to stay where you are physically or mentally.
98. Instead of keeping up with celebrity gossip. Try keeping up with your friends and what they’re doing in their lives.
99. Stop focusing completely on the money. The external world shouldn’t distract you from internal improvement.
100. Try not to overreact. Negative events don’t HAVE to make you feel bad for a really long time. Your mind is better at bouncing back from negative experiences than you think.
101. Smile. It’s good for you. (: