6 healthy habits you should learn this year

The number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and/or to eat healthier — it’s usually the most broken one too.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here are some easy tricks to incorporate health habits into your life:

Eat Whole Grain

If it’s white, you probably shouldn’t be eating it. White bread, white pasta, white anything converts to sugar in your body and acts like a glue in your intestines, which can lead to constipation.

Unlike white flour, whole grain has vitamins such as B-1, B-3 and B-5. It also has way less sugar and more fiber.

Almost every local sub shop or Italian restaurant will have the option for whole wheat pasta or bread. If you tend to cook at home, just swap out white flour for whole wheat. You probably won’t even be able to tell the difference.

Protein Shake/Smoothie for Breakfast

Traditional breakfast foods, like cereal and pancakes, are filled with sugars and carbs which don’t give your body the fuel it needs to start the day.

Instead try a protein shake, smoothie or cold press juice. Smoothies and cold press juice tend to keep all the skin of the fruit which holds the nutrients needed to get your body ready for the day. You can even sip them on the go!

Swapping Out Red Meat

It may surprise you (hopefully not) that red meat is not the best for you. It increases your risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, and eating it daily can increase your chances of dying of a chronic disease by 12 percent.

Instead, try fish or chicken, they have less saturated fats than red meat, and fish has those amazing omega-3 fatty acids. You may not find them as tasty as first, but you will feel a difference in your body.

Carry a Refillable Bottle

Just having a water bottle around will remind you drink it more often. Swapping out soda can be a struggle at first, but most places around campus will refill it for you, and once you see how much money you are saving it might help you quit.

Buy a bottle that marks the ounces. It will show you how much you’re actually drinking throughout the day. Health authorities recommend to drink eight or nine 8-ounce glasses of water a day for women and about 13 glasses a day for men.

Park Further Away

To burn 100 calories you have to walk for about 15 minutes. So, instead of hunting for the closest parking spot, park further away so you have to walk a little more.

If you end up parking about seven and a half minutes away you’ll burn 100 calories there and back. Just be sure to leave the house early!

Take the Stairs

I love elevators too, but they’re a lazy man’s favorite invention. Not only will it save you time since you’re parking farther away, but it spares you from spending time on the stairmaster.