It is quite difficult to adapt a healthy habit of eating and consistently working out. It is even more difficult to stay healthy and fit. It can be a real challenge to figure out what are the ways to stay physically fit without fixating over it until you get into a good rhythm and create healthy habits. Below are essential and easy habits you can choose starting today in order to stay physically fit and healthy.

• Make Exercise a Part of your Daily Routine
Living right next or near a gym as well as not owning fitness gears is not an excuse to stay physically fit. Most of the time, taking small actions and adding it into our daily routine can make a big difference within other activities.

No matter how hectic your schedule is, look for creative ways to stay active. It is normal to have days where you do not have enough time to hit the gym even when you really want to. However, there are exercises you can perform while doing things at your home like squats and stretching while you’re on the phone. If you’re always sitting down throughout the day, invest in a standing desk or create a makeshift version. If you’re going somewhere not too far, take a walk instead of taking out your car. You can also go out on a walk and converse with a client, friend or colleague instead of sitting down in a coffee shop if they’re up to it.

• Avoid Processed Food as Much as Possible
Much of the foods we intake are processed one way or the other. However, foods that goes through chemical processing or those that are manufactured with ingredients that are not real, are high in sugar and low in nutrients that our bodies need to refuel and keep us healthy, must be avoided as much as you can.

If it is impossible, you can restrict how many pre-packaged and non-perishable items you can purchase in the grocery. Try buying more perishable items like bread, yogurt and fresh produce in place of chips, granola bars and frozen meals, which are foods that your body can easily digest and use to refuel.

• Eat Little Meals Throughout the Day
Instead of eating three large meals a day, eat smaller meals more often, and that also includes snacks, which can help you be more aware of how much you’re eating and when. Keep in mind to only eat when you’re hungry and when you’re full stop eating. In addition, avoid eating out of boredom or when you’re stressed. Make sure to choose healthy snacks as well during the day.

• Prepare Snacks Beforehand
Most of the time, we tend to eat unnecessary junk food because it is easier to grab and munch. Preparing your snacks in advance does not have to be complicated at all. You can do it by simply putting a bag of popcorn in the microwave and placing it into a plastic bag or container or you can also make your own kale chips the night before to bring with you at work. You can also buy fresh fruits from the grocery, slice them up and store in the ref immediately for easy access whenever you’re home and craving for a snack.

Adapting a healthy lifestyle does not have to be sudden and drastic. It involves analysing where you’re at, looking at your goals and figuring out how you can incorporate slow and subtle changes to your daily routine.