9 Lazy Ways to Stay Healthy

Health should be one of your main priorities. Good health will not only help you feel better overall, but it will also help increase your lifespan and help you avoid expensive medical bills. And seriously, who wants to feel like shit all the time? Certainly not me and I’m guessing not you either.

But, what if you just want to get started with being healthier? Maybe you’ve been inactive for a long time, have various health issues or simply want to boost your health in an easy way. Luckily, there are some lazy ass ways to stay healthy, or at least, healthier.

Think about adding some of these easy, lazy health hacks to your routine: (This article may contain affiliate links) 

1. Always Take your Vitamins

If you’re not already taking a multivitamin – START TODAY. This is literally one of the easiest things you can do for your health. I fill up my vitamin organizer on Sundays and always take my vitamins after I eat dinner.

Here’s a great multivitamin: Centrum Multi-Vitamin.

A multivitamin is an excellent health add but if you’re concerned with specific health issues, consider some of these other vitamins and supplements:

  • Fish Oil or Krill Oil (I recently made the switch to Krill Oil and no longer have been experiencing those nasty fish oil burps. Here’s a link to my favorite: MegaRed.
  • Magnesium (I started taking this to naturally help my anxiety and honestly, it does make a difference if you stick with it. AND, it’s cheap! – Nature’s Bounty Magnesium 500 mg, 200 Tablets.
  • B Vitamin (I’m a BIG fan of B-12).
  • Vitamin D (Most people lack vitamin D so adding this to your vitamins is a great idea! There are actually links between depression and a lack of Vitamin D). Nature’s Bounty Vitamin D3 1000 IU Softgels, 350 Softgels.

Here’s a cheap pill Organizer on Amazon! It makes remembering to take those vitamins a hell of a lot easier. For less than $6, it’s a no-brainer.

2. Increase your Water Intake

I track how much water I drink using my FitBit app and before that, I didn’t realize how little water I was actually drinking. Staying hydrated will make all the vital organs in your body run smoother. And – a bonus, it keeps your skin healthy, too!

Try carrying a large bottle of water with you wherever you go.

I just ordered this one. It’s great because it lets you track how much your drinking 🙂

3. Move While you’re watching TV

Enjoy binge-watching? No worries, most of us do. But, “sitting is the new smoking”, so make sure that you’re not allowing yourself to become sedentary because of a great new Netflix show. While you’re watching TV, get moving. If you want to start slow, that’s great! I love the saying, “You don’t have to go fast, you just have to go.”

Simply walking in place in front of the TV will keep you from being inactive, (and all those negative effects that come along with sitting for too long).

It doesn’t matter how you’re moving – just that you are moving.

4. Find Fun Ways to get your Exercise in

Hiking is walking and guess what? Walking is an exercise. Like I said, as long as you’re moving, you’re good. If you’re not the type of person who likes to stick to a gym routine, there are tons of fun ways to get your exercise in. Consider some of the following ideas, (when weather permits them):

  • Biking
  • Playing Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Dancing

5. Stock up on Healthy Snacks

I always keep fresh fruits and vegetables in the house. Tomatoes are my new go-to snack. Fruits and vegetables are excellent snacks and they aren’t packed full of calories or preservatives.

Here are some great healthy snacks to keep on hand:

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Berries
  • Watermelon
  • Grapes
  • Celery

6. Sneak Healthy Ingredients into your Food

I started doing this about a year ago and so far, it’s worked out great. A lot of healthy ingredients won’t really change the taste of a meal, making it super easy to sneak them in.

I’ve been slipping Turmeric into tons of foods I make regularly. It doesn’t really change the taste, (unless you add a shit ton) but is a great anti-inflammatory ingredient. You can also add collagen powder to lots of recipes! Here’s the Collagen I use. It won’t alter the taste and is an awesome addition to smoothies!

 

7. Get a Fitness Tracker

Having a FitBit on all the time has SO MANY BENEFITS. It tracks your steps, your sleep and the food you’re consuming! I know there are newer trackers out now, but I still love my Fitbit Charge 2.


8. Avoid “Crap Calories” 

So, crap calories are my expanse on “empty calories.” Crap calories are anything that has an excessive amount of calories in it. Sadly, a lot of great tasty foods are extremely unhealthy, (go figure).

Pop is obviously one of the worst. I no longer drink pop during the week and it’s made a big difference!

9. Don’t Eat Before Bed

Late-night snacking is probably one of my biggest enemies. A medication I take for insomnia gives me serious munchies so saying “no” to snacks at night has been a struggle. (I curse the Dill Pickle chips!)

Seriously though, snacking before going to bed is another form of “crap calories.” They aren’t doing anything for you. We certainly don’t need calories to sleep so just say NO to late-night snacking. Drink water or tea instead. And, if you’re looking for a bedtime tea that isn’t strictly chamomile, try Yogi Bedtime Tea!

*A Good Rule: Don’t eat anything after 7:30.

Staying healthy is all about consistency and numbers.

Via Giphy

Staying healthy is really a numbers game. You need to move throughout the day – every single day. The American Heart Associations recommends 10,000 steps per day. It can seem like a lot, especially if you’ve been inactive. Just start slow. Remember, “You gotta pump those numbers up.”

 

Do you know of any other easy, (lazy) ways to stay healthy? Let me know in the comments! Stay healthy, nerds.

***Disclaimer: I am not a physician. This article was written with my own experiences and research in mind. 

20 Comments

  1. Since you have used the term “pop” instead of “soda” I want to assume you are from the Upper Midwest states somewhere….am I correct?

  2. Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is magnificent, let alone the content!

    • Thanks Lupe. I just had my 1 year blogging anniversary in February!

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  4. Such a good read! I always forget to drink water!

    • Me too!

  5. Drinking enough water is always a challenge for me, especially while I am at work. I am a teacher and I am constantly on go. I sometimes forget to put down the coffee and hydrate.

    • I know exactly what you mean Sarah! I always have a hard time remembering to drink enough water. It’s so much easier for me when I track it using my FitBit.

  6. Great tips! Yes, consistency is everything!

    • Thanks Mia 🙂

  7. Sleep is another good one! Water intake is so important as well! All great advice! 🙂

    -Madi xo | http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com

    • Sleep is a great one 🙂 A good 8-hours a night is what I try to aim for, (even though I don’t always get it).

  8. Loved this post! Proud to say I’m doing most of these things! I’m not tracking how much water I’m drinking, but I always have a water bottle next to me. Also love the Fitbit Charge 2, been step obsessed ever since I got my first Fitbit.

    • Thank you 🙂 I LOVE my Fitbit, too!

  9. Some great tips here! I definitely need to up my water intake!

  10. Love this article! Agree hydration is huge! I keep hearing about Apple Cider Vinegar as well and thinking about trying that.

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