No one expects everyone to sleep a perfect eight hours each night, work out every morning, or eat the right amount of calories every day. We get it, life is hard. Instead of feeling guilty when you don't work out one day, or maybe eat a little more than you want to, simply try changing your little habits to make the next day better! Check out these nine habits from Brit+Co that can make you feel more energized and ready to tackle any obstacle that comes your way.
NEVER Skip Breakfast: We’ve heard this a million times, but somehow we keep rushing into our day on an empty stomach and some coffee. Research has shown that eating breakfast is positively associated with weight control, cognitive ability and better performance at school and work. From overnight oats and chia puddings to five-minute omelets, there are zero excuses to keep skipping out on breakfast. (via Frontiers in Human Neuroscience)
>> Read more: 50 Fast and Easy Breakfast Ideas
Exercise Doesn’t Have to be a Commitment: Quit feeling guilty that you didn’t make it to the gym today and go for a walk after dinner instead. Research has shown that shorter, more frequent workouts are actually more effective at burning fat and short, intense bouts of exercise can also boost your overall exercise capacity, resulting in more efficient workouts that take a fraction of the time. Say so long to hours on the treadmill. (via Fit Star)
Write Down Five Things You’re Grateful for: In a study where psychologists asked people to write down five gratitudes every day, people reported feeling more optimistic, sleeping better and experiencing fewer health problems. Maybe while you’re practicing gratitude you can practice some calligraphy? (via Happier Human)
Stash Snacks: Snacking right is a healthy habit to start. Keep nuts, fruit, Greek yogurt or veggies and hummus at work so you won’t feel the need to run out for fast food. Healthy snacks are full of vitamins and fiber that keep you full without adding much to your daily calorie count. (via Mayo Clinic)
>> Read more: 10 Snacks Under 100 Calories
Try Out the 2/30 Rule: We’re just as guilty as the next girl of binge watching Netflix and enjoying an evening of not-so-healthy snacks. For every two hours of TV you indulge in, try to balance it out with thirty minutes of exercise. If you have a desk job that has you sitting for long periods of time, try a few stretches every couple to keep blood flowing. (via Peak Fitness)