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12 Small Habits that Will Impact Your Health in a Big Way

By: The HumanN Athlete Team

Improving your health doesn’t have to be overly complicated. If you focus on making small changes incrementally by the end of the year, you’ll be surprised by how much you accomplished. 


  1. Shop when you aren’t hungry. Going to the store after a healthy snack is the best time to avoid being tempted into buying unhealthy food.
  2. Get a friend or partner on board. Staying accountable to someone is a great way to keep motivation. Having an appointment to exercise  with someone, even if it’s virtual, is a great way to stay accountable. 
  3. Try doing ten squats every time you go to the washroom. It doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up, and it’s a great way to strengthen your knees/legs.
  4. Prepare ahead. I like to leave a clean set of cycling clothes and running clothes out and ready to go. When I have time and inspiration hits, I can walk over, put them on, and head out.
  5. Embrace the 80/20 rule. Only have foods that come in crinkly packages and boxes in moderation– 20% of the time at most.  Increase whole and moderately processed foods daily to make up 80% of your diet.
  6. Build up your confidence. Tell yourself every day that you are awesome and can achieve anything you set your mind to. 
  7. Watch one inspirational YouTube video every morning. Motivation is fleeting, so carving out time to watch, read or listen to an inspiring story will build up your momentum. 
  8. Lean in on people in your life. Consider healthy accountability partners and mentors, and avoid time spent with anyone who drags you off your health track. 
  9. Just get outside and move! Commit to 15 minutes of movement. I often start with this and end up staying out for hours.
  10. Make double. I like to make a healthy meal and make twice as much. I put the extra in a glass container in the fridge, so I have another healthy meal ready to go a few days later.
  11. Make an appointment with yourself. Schedule a 1 hour run or workout, put it on  your calendar and set an alarm. When it goes off, you have the time set aside and you can just blast off.
  12. Reward yourself. If there is something you’ve always wanted, but don’t have, make a plan to treat yourself once you reach your goals. 


Stay tuned for more tips and advice from the HumanN team.

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