1. Drink Plenty of Water

I cannot express how good this tip is for you. I mentioned in one of my previous blog posts How I Cured My Acne how extremely beneficial this has been for my skin hydration and complexion alone. Not to mention, it helps to flush toxins, boost your immune system, fight fatigue, boost physical performance, relieve constipation, and even promote weight loss. I snack way less since I started drinking lots of water, which additionally has helped me stay on track with my nutrition. I drink about a gallon a day, which is extreme but I would recommend gradually increasing to at least a half a gallon a day.

2. And while you’re at it, cut out the soft drinks

Guys, soft drinks are so bad for you and extremely harmful to your health. Not only does it literally rot your teeth but the substances found in soda are linked to numerous health problems such as obesity, cardiovascular health, cancers, ect. Just look it up for yourself. They offer zero benefits whatsoever and are literally just sugar. Just drinking your calories. That’s it. Do yourself a favor, take that box of Mt. Dews out of your refrigerator right now, throw it away and never look back.

3. Exercise

You had to know this one was coming. I’m not saying you have to train for the Olympics or do some rigorous form of bodybuilding. No. Just get up for 20 minutes a day and taking a walk around your block, going on a short hike or running on the treadmill; literally anything will benefit you. If you have wanted to start exercising but don’t really know what to do, join the club. Get on Pinterest or YouTube and put together a quick 30 minute workout for yourself and just give it a try.

You just have to start. Over time, you will develop what you like, don’t like, what works, what doesn’t work, ect. If you are maybe too afraid or embarrassed to hit the gym, there are thousands of at home workout plans you can do as well. I did home workouts for at least 6 months before getting the courage to visit the gym. With the resources available to us, there is literally no excuse.

4. Quit Smoking

I’m not here to tell you how nasty it is or how bad you are harming yourself or how you’re too pretty to smoke because you hear that enough. I am actually here to say that I know how hard it is to stop and I know how great a cigarette can feel on many occasions but it is not worth sacrificing your life for.

Confession time: I smoked for 5 years. I never wanted to really title myself as a “smoker” but I was and it was very difficult to give up. I finally quit about a year and a half ago and honestly it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I feel absolutely amazing. It’s not easy but if you take away any tips from my post today, let this be it.

5. Similarly, Stop Excessively Drinking

I get it, everything is better with alcohol. Mexican food, cards against humanity, birthdays, barbeques, Christmas, breakfast, taking a shower, etc. You name it, I could probably find a way to incorporate alcohol with it. But let’s get real for a second, it is so bad for you. It negatively affects most areas of your body including your: brain, liver, immune system, pancreas, heart and not to mention its certain links with cancer.

I know your twenties is fun, you party, you drink, you get crazy but seriously at least try to limit yourself. It’s still not good for you, but if you’re going to do it anyways I would suggest doing it in moderation if you can help it.

6. Get Adequate Sleep

I know, this topic is such a snooze (literally) but you need sleep. Getting enough sleep, and I’m talking at least 7 hours a night, has so many crucial health benefits. It boosts your mood, sharpens your attention and brain function, lowers stress, improves productivity and creativity, and lowers your risk of many chronic illnesses.

7. Stop Eating Fast Food – Cook Your Meals

I know you’re probably thinking “who has time to cook every meal?” It’s honestly so simple, you just have to get used to prepping your meals according to your specific schedule. Fast food provides about as many nutrients as soda: acne, diabetes, fat gain, high cholesterol, obesity, bloating, increased risk of heart disease. Yum.

Okay, a little fast food in moderation won’t absolutely kill you, but most of your meals should not consist of fries and a McDouble. You need to make sure you are actually fueling your body with the essential fruits, veggies, healthy fats, proteins, ect. needed to function. This is a whole blog post that I will probably make in the future but bottom line for today: cook more, eat out less.

8. Take Your Multivitamins

I have always been someone who is absolutely terrified to take pills. I’ve clearly watched too many shows, I know. But multivitamins are one thing that I actually agree with. Again, in my post, How I Cured My Acne I started taking a certain multivitamin and it helped to clear my acne so I began doing some further research. As there are no known risks, it is believed that a multivitamin is essential in making sure that you are getting all of your proper nutrients.

Keep in mind however that it is not a nutrient replacement. You must still fuel your body properly with the right nutrients, along with taking a multivitamin. Do your research and find out which multivitamin is right for you.

9. Stop Tanning & Take Care of Your Skin

I cannot stress this one enough. I know you feel so much better and more confident when you’re tan. I get it. I felt the same way at one point. But like smoking, it is not worth it. Excessive tanning can cause premature aging and many forms of skin cancer.

Take good care of your skin by wearing sunscreen when you go out in the sun, moisturizing, and taking your makeup off before bed. You will thank yourself for it a few years down the road. Your skin is beautiful how it is, embrace it.

10. Develop Good Spending/Saving Habits

This one is a little out there but it is just as important as the others. I know right now it may seem like you absolutely have to have that purse and like your money is just burning a hole in your pocket, but none of that is going to matter in a few years so just save it. Save everything that you can now. It may seem useless but again, you will thank yourself one day trust me.

And even if it seems like you’re saving for “nothing” it will still create a good habit for your future so you won’t feel like you need to blow every cent you have as soon as you earn it. Keep a budget book if you have to or make a goal to reward yourself when you save a certain amount. It is hard to learn to get good with money but it is such a fantastic trait to have and one that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

Those are my top 10 healthy habits to develop in your twenties. Trust me when I say, I used to be the most stressed, exhausted, miserable, unhealthy and most importantly unhappy person before developing theses habits for myself and I could not feel any better after doing so. I hope you all found my tips useful and decide for yourself to take that big leap into your new healthy lifestyle. Your body deserves it and will be so grateful for it. I’m totally rooting you on. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me. Thank you so much for reading 🙂

With love,

Danielle

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