UPGRADE YOUR DAILY ROUTINE WITH THESE HEALTHY HABITS

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MEREDITH O'CONNOR

FEB 28, 2020

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If you think being healthy means swearing off pizza forever, you couldn’t be more wrong. You don’t have to work out seven days a week, either. The clearest path to good health comes from making small, sustainable changes over time. Before you know it, those small steps will compound, creating a huge impact on your mind and body. Here are a few easy ones we put into practice:

START STRONG

How you kick off the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. So, resist the urge to check email or social media as soon as you hop out of bed. Instead, consider giving meditation a try. All you really need is time and space to breathe deeply and sync with your body. And don’t worry about “doing it right.” The important part is simply sitting quietly with your thoughts.

If your stomach is growling, before you head out the door, whip up a delicious, energizing breakfast with help from our friends at Ancient Nutrition. Just reach for their versatile Multi Collagen Protein and upgrade your smoothie, latte, oatmeal, pancake—pretty much anything—with a heaping scoop of this stuff. You’ll thank us (and them) for helping you get fueled up to take on the day.

MOVE MORE

Sure, it seems simple, but you’d be surprised at how much good stretching your legs and getting your heart rate up can do for your energy and overall mood. But we’re not talking about going for a five-mile run every evening (although, if that’s your thing, hey, go for it).

It’s as easy as taking a few laps around the office throughout the day, rallying your friends for a walk or jog at Humboldt Park, or taking the dog for a hike at Northerly Island. Yoga and brunch with the squad? We’d never pass that up! Being healthy is all about how you feel, and moving more can make a huge difference.

REFUEL

Whether you’re grabbing a quick snack or sitting down for a meal, giving your body the nutrients it needs is essential. Opting for plenty of vegetables and high-quality sources of protein and fat lay a solid foundation. From there, if you’re going to supplement, collagen protein would be a game-changing addition to your routine.

A quick FYI: as you get older, your collagen production can naturally slow, which affects your skin, joints, and even your gut health. But thanks to Ancient Nutrition’s modern approach to well-being, you have access to a supplement made with clean ingredients you can trust.

Unlike a lot of other options out there, you won’t find any fillers, artificial ingredients, or chemicals in their Multi Collagen Protein. And because they believe in offering only the highest-quality ingredients, their powder contains five types of collagen derived from four non-GMO, sustainable (read: cage-free, pasture-raised), whole food sources.

UNWIND

As we mentioned, starting strong is key, but don’t overlook the importance of winding down at the end of the day. Your best bet is to create a personalized bedtime routine.

Avoiding blue light from devices like a computer television, or smartphone help signal to your body that it’s time to sleep. The same goes for closing the curtains, lowering the temperature, and reading a book or journaling. And if none of those tips suit you, just going to bed at the same time every night has been shown to improve the quality and duration of sleep.

CREATE LASTING HABITS

See, living well doesn’t have to be complicated — we have your back. So, get out there and start taking the first steps toward your best self. Look out, 2020 — this is going to be your healthiest year yet!

From our partners at Ancient Nutrition.

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