I have been thinking a lot about consistency lately, whether it be talking with my coaching clients about it or when it comes to my tennis game. About three years ago, I rekindled my love of tennis after a 20-year hiatus. And let me tell you, consistency is like a freaking unicorn in tennis. If you find it, you play effortlessly, almost magically. When you don’t have it, you are like a drunk donkey running around the court.
When it comes to coaching my clients, consistency is what changes habits for the better. We have to re-commit to ourselves each and every day without fail until the new healthy habits become second nature. It helps when we have a day or weekend of celebratory eating and drinking so that we can reign it in the next day without effort and get back on track. Having your go-to, never fail healthy habits in place daily is like a guarantee for living well and feeling your best.
Here’s five things I make sure get incorporated into each day, no compromises. It took some trial and error to find the things that serve me best. Other things that are healthy and good make their way into my routine, but just not every day. So take inventory on the next day that you feel your best. What did you do? What did you eat? What was your mindset like? Start experimenting to see how you can recreate that day, again and again.
1. Time to myself- I rise out of bed earlier than everyone else in my house about 6 days a week in order to have some moments of quiet to start my day right. I have learned that I am not a get up and go person. I have a hard time bounding out the door or dealing with breakfast and lunch prep if I don’t have a few moments to get centered and wake up a bit. I also treat my cup of coffee like a ritual each morning (see #2). I usually make my cup of coffee, sit at the table, read a daily devotional and skim through email and the news (mostly of the celebrity type…guilty pleasure, don’t judge). By the time my kids are up I feel better equipped to deal with whatever they, and the day, throw at me.
2. Collagen in my coffee- Collagen is a protein that is present in all of our organs and tissues and we lose it as we age. A little added collagen each day aides in healthy hair, nails, skin and benefits the health of your gut. I get my collagen in by adding it to my cup of coffee every morning. It is my little ritual. I get out my blender, pour in the hot coffee, almond or coconut milk, a scoop of collagen peptides, a little maple syrup and blend it up. It gets all frothy and delicious. Then I pour it in the mug and top with cinnamon. That may seem like a lot of work, but to me, it is a small joy that I look forward to each morning.
3. Eat one big salad- I know, B-O-R-I-N-G. Salad can be boring, but for me, it is an easy way to get several servings of greens and veggies in one sitting. And I have learned how to make it tasty. You know how a salad always tastes better when someone else makes it? I used to think that, too, but I now love the salads I make (future blog post, perhaps??? My salad secrets….sounds like a soap opera or something). Salads are a great meal prep item too!
Here’s a few of my salads from my Instagram feed @lauraslivewell:
4. Exercise- Our bodies are made to move! They are not meant to sit at a desk every day for 8 hours. Every day I do something that moves my body and induces a little sweat. I love a good HIIT workout, weight-lifting session, yoga burn class, walks or runs outside and tennis. This has become a non-negotiable in my life as it also doubles as my anti-depressant and helps with any anxiety to creeps up. Even the days I don’t feel like getting a workout in, I make a deal with myself that I will do something for 20 minutes and by the time that 20 minutes passes, I usually feel pretty good and want to go longer. Try it! Make it a consistent part of each day, wherever you can fit it in. We are all given the same 24 hours. How you use it is up to you.
5. Drink loads of water- I know I have said it before, but this is one of the most important things you can do for your health, especially if water replaces any soda or sugary drinks during your day. Staying hydrated helps with maintaining a healthy weight, healthy digestion and beautiful skin, just to name a few benefits!
How about you? What are your daily habits that serve you the best? Comment below and share!