Healthy habits to adopt while being home all day
Let’s face it, sometimes being healthy is hard when there’s an entire pantry full of snacks for the taking.
It’s tough to remember to eat well and stay active on any given day, but it can feel even harder when you’re spending the entire day at home. Your pantry is at your disposal anytime you feel snackish, hours can go by without you remembering to move from your couch, and bigger health goals can be easily forgotten when you’re mostly on your own. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. Keep scrolling for tips for working healthy habits into your routine, whether you’re having a movie marathon on your couch or working from home all day.
Remind yourself to get up. It’s happened to all of us: You get lost in meetings or binge-watching a TV show and, all of a sudden, realize you haven’t moved in hours. Lauren Korzan, a certified exercise physiologist, says you can avoid that by setting a reminder on a smartwatch, activity tracker, or phone.
Whenever the alarm buzzes, get up and walk around the house or squeeze in a few simple exercises (jumping jacks, anyone?). “Even small amounts of physical activity can make a difference to your health,” Anthony Wall, Director of International Business Development with the American Council on Exercise, adds. Walking up and down a hallway for a few minutes or heading to the kitchen to get a glass of water still counts as movement. And, if you’re working from home, doing a quick workout may help you focus better. Talk about the perfect excuse to take a break from your work emails!
Make it easier to cook healthier. Being at home means you’re probably preparing three meals a day (and maybe a few snacks in between) for yourself, which can amount to a lot of work in the kitchen. The secret to not throwing in the towel and calling takeout? Find shortcuts to help you eat healthier. “Use frozen fruits and vegetables,” Vicki Retelny, RDN and author of The Essential Guide to Healthy Healing Foods, suggests. “They are convenient, some prep work is already done, and they last longer so you don’t have produce going bad in your refrigerator.”
Follow a snack equation. The best kind of between-meal bites have protein, fiber, and, if possible, a healthy fat, Retelny says. “Chips or crackers will leave you hungry in an hour; you need more than just carbohydrates,” she explains. Two tasty combos that check all the right boxes? An apple with peanut butter or a small Greek yogurt with a banana. If you’re worried your diet isn’t as well-rounded as it should be, incorporate a multivitamin into your diet, like Centrum Multigummies, for added nutrient support. That way, you’re always covered.
Take out any temptation. We all have those foods that we can’t stop eating. If you’re one to eat an entire jumbo bag of chocolate-covered pretzels by yourself (honestly, same), then try not to keep them around the house, Retelny suggests. If you don’t want to get rid of your favorite snacks completely, buy a single serving bag that will make you feel OK about finishing it in one sitting.
Buddy up for motivation. It’s tough to prioritize healthy habits when there’s no one around to hold you to them. One solution licensed psychologist Marni Amsellem, PhD, recommends is finding a friend with similar health priorities and checking in with each other daily. Maybe you both agree to take the same online yoga class three days a week or incorporate vegetables into every meal of the day. Whatever your goal, a little accountability can go a long way in helping you achieve it.