Healthy Living 101: 101 Ways To Lead A Healthy Lifestyle

August 1, 2016

Healthy Living 101: 101 Ways To Lead A Healthy Lifestyle

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Living healthy isn’t just about eating right or drinking water. It isn’t just about exercising. It isn’t just about getting enough sleep, or having the perfect FitBit, or anything like that. It’s a whole lifestyle change! That sounds intimidating, and living a healthy lifestyle can seem difficult, especially in our fast-food, Netflix-binging, too-many-delicious-desserts-on-Pinterest society. But I’m here to tell you that it’s not! There are so many little ways to make your habits healthier, at little inconvenience to you!

Today, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, along with some advice from my awesome blogging friends! I’m also going to share some (easy) recipes with you that will make your meals more delicious AND healthier, and we’ll finish up with a few apps and products to help you with your new or ongoing healthy lifestyle. 🙂

Healthy Living 101: 101 Ways To Lead A Healthy Lifestyle

Disclaimer: This is the advice of individual persons who are also on a journey to a healthier lifestyle. This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. If you have concerns about your diet or exercise routine, please consult with a medical professional. 🙂

Healthy Living 101 - Food

This is one of the biggest issues when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle! We like the idea of eating healthy, but we also really like taco Tuesday. So how do you eat healthy and stay happy?

1. Make it a creative hobby (finding interesting, tasty recipes). – Joy from Joy Lynn

2. Start small (only 2 or 3 meals a week). This is especially true if you work full time. – Kristyn from Dash of Herbs

3. Having meals already planned makes you accountable. Load up on healthy snacks and drinks. That way, you limit how much you’re eating out and when you’re hungry, your pantry and fridge is filled with the good stuff. – Kelly from Primarily Inspired

4. Know your blood type! By knowing, you’ll be able to plan your diet around it and know what works for your body. – Kiara Miiares

5. If you are finding out you have food sensitivities or allergies, stop thinking about what you can’t have anymore. Look for all the foods you can eat, find fun new recipes to use, stay positive. Concentrate on forming your meal around proteins and lots of veggies with fruits as dessert. – Rebekah from Surviving Toddlerhood

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Healthy Living 101 - Recipes

Like many of these ladies said, it’s all about finding fun and healthy recipes to try out. I’ve personally made and approved of all of these! 🙂 Here are some of my favorite healthy recipes (here’s a link to my Pinterest board if you want to see more)! (Side note: These are all Pinterest links so that you can save them to try on your own.)

6. Oven Fried Chicken (who doesn’t love fried chicken?? Use whole wheat flour and it’s AMAZING and HEALTHY!)

7. Homemade Granola (y’allllllll. I looooove granola!)

8. One Hour Skillet Focaccia (I cannot talk about this enough. It is heavenly.)

9. Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters (yesyesyes times a million.)

10. Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread (if you have never made your own bread, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND MAKE THIS NOW!)

11. Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls (I know bread is debatable as healthy, but it’s not bad in moderation and these are delicious!)

12. Skillet Turkey Meatballs with Skillet Rice (this meal stresses me because I’m not good at cooking rice, but it’s so worth it!)

13. Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread (can you tell I like bread? I made this yesterday and I’m just obsessed!)

14. Easy Apple Oatmeal Bars (throw in some raisins and they’re even better!)

15. Parmesan Zucchini Sticks (even better with FRESH zucchini!)

16. Garlic Parmesan Yellow Squash Chips (the perfect summer side dish!)

17. Herb Roasted Whole Chicken (delicious, plus the opportunity for LEFTOVERS!)

18. Grilled Chicken with Spinach and Melted Mozzarella (you will think you have died and gone to heaven.)

19. Roasted Vegetables (we eat these alllll the time!)

20. Summer Vegetables with Sausage and Potatoes (again, alllll the time!)

Healthy Living 101 - Water

A lot of health gurus will tell you that in order to be healthy, you need to hydrate. That’s true, but I want to be a little more specific. In order to lead a healthy lifestyle, you need to drink water!! Water is crucial for helping your body to function properly and for your body to be able to digest all the healthy foods you’re going to be eating (especially after I gave you all those awesome recipes)! Also, if you don’t drink enough water, your body holds on to water, causing water weight! (Thanks to Lauren from Glitter and Grandeur for that point.) Here’s how to hydrate every day:

21. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up. It’ll jump start your intake for the day and be one less glass you have to fit in later. – Abby from Winstead Wandering

22. Create a habit of drinking at least one glass of water every time you sit down to eat. Better yet, try to drink a glass of water BEFORE you eat. Then pour yourself a second glass to enjoy while you eat your meal. – Allison from The Overflow

23. Drink water all day long! It’s so easy to consume excess calories through juice and pop. – Catherine from A Short Blonde

24. Drink at least half your weight in ounces of water a day! – Brie from My Un-BRIE-lievable Life

25. If you’re having trouble motivating yourself to drink water or knowing how much to drink, I suggest purchasing a water bottle like this. It’ll keep you on track to be hydrated, plus it’s adorable (and under $20 on Amazon)!

26. If you want a little more pizzazz in your water, try infusing it with fruit! You can even get a cool water bottle that will infuse your water for you! (I told you being healthy was easy!)

Healthy Living 101 - Exercise

Even if you eat a perfect diet and make all the right choices there, you won’t be living a very healthy lifestyle if you don’t exercise! Many people seem to have a skewed view of exercise. It’s not all CrossFit and marathons. Don’t let Pinterest fool you! Exercise is just about getting out of your sitting-at-a-desk, playing-Candy-Crush rut and MOVING! Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks about exercise, from myself and some of my blogging friends:

27. Move! Park farther away from the grocery store, walk to the post office, or take the steps instead of the elevator.

28. Get outside. My favorite: Play! – Jenna from Laugh Often

29. When it comes to fitness, I’d say always try to listen to what your body wants and needs. Listening to your body and heart will help you remain motivated and encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle. – Emily from Em Writes

30.  Find what works for you. If you despise running, try Pilates or yoga. If those make your roll your eyes, look into HIIT workouts or some type of cardio. Do what you like!

31. Use your location. If you live near mountains, go hiking. If you live near water, trying kayaking or canoeing. Make it fun!

32. You don’t need a gym! If that works for you, go for it, but there are plenty of workouts to do at home with little or no equipment. See #30 for examples.

33. Make a schedule and stick to it. Three days a week is a good place to start.

 Healthy Living 101 - Exercise Apps

We live in a wonderful time, when phones have replaced many of the amenities that we used to pay for. Trainers and gyms are fantastic and they certainly have a place in society, but there are so many great apps out there to help with your fitness journey! I want to share just a few with you (all apps are free and available on Android and iOS).

34. Your phone’s health app: Most phones now a days come with a health app that will track your steps, at the very minimum. This a great place to start! Set a step goal for yourself and commit to meet it every day. You can also track your workouts on these apps.

35. Couch 2 5K: If you want to start a running journey, this is the app to have. It starts you out slow and it’s easy to follow.

36. Blogilates: For those wanting to start with Pilates and stretching, this app offers great videos and workouts to safely guide you through these workouts.

37. Fitnet: This app offer 5 and 7 minute targeted workout videos, which means you can choose if you want to work on arms, legs, etc. For beginners, I recommend starting out with 1 video, 3 days a week and progressing from there.

38. Yonder: This app is great because it’s all about the outdoors! It offers hiking, kayaking, skiing, and biking reviews for locations near you. No excuse now! 😉

39. Daily Yoga: For a lighter workout, Daily Yoga has over 50 classes available for you to watch, and includes a helpful library of yoga poses.

40. Freeletics: This app is all about bodyweight, which means you need no equipment. You choose where to workout (home, office, etc.) and how long, and it will provide you with a workout based on your fitness level.

Healthy Living 101 - Lifestyle

When it comes to living healthy, it’s good to start with eating right, drinking water, and exercising, but eventually, your lifestyle will need to change. This includes the attitudes that you have, the choices that you make, and the steps that you take to be a better you. Here are some tips for leading a healthy lifestyle:

41. Don’t overhaul your whole life all at once! Make one small change at a time. If you take one small step at a time you won’t burn out! – Bethany From Dandelion Pie

42. Have a concrete plan. Instead of “I’m going to eat healthier,” it should be “I’m going to eat healthier by eliminating soda,” or instead of “I want to lose weight,” it should be “I’m going to lose weight by exercising 3 times per week (and how) and eating more fruits and vegetables.” – Leighann from Leighann Marquiss

43. Commit to a lifestyle and not a fad diet. If you want real, healthy change you’re going to have to make some long-term changes! – Sami from The Classic Brunette

44. Make peace with your body. You’re most likely to hurt yourself when you don’t value yourself. – Fatou from Miss F

45. Don’t let other people’s journey become a distraction to your own; just because someone lost 60lbs in 4 months doesn’t mean they’re better than you or healthier than you. Go at your own pace! Don’t limit yourself in activities, and eat in moderation (have a cookie, it’ll be okay). – Heidi from Heid and Seeking

46. Don’t deny yourself what you’re craving, whether that’s a rest day from the gym or a chocolate cookie. Everything in moderation. – Sami from The Classic Brunette

47. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you mess up. Having a small step back does not mean that you completely messed up and it’s all over. Step backs happen, but keep pushing through. – Jannine from Happy Stylish Fit

48. When working towards something, it’s good to have a reason why to remind yourself when you feel like giving up. – Natalie from Society 19

49. Go to bed and get up at the same time everyday, even on the weekend! It helps keep your body’s internal clock consistent. – Sarah from Servant Mama

50. Get lots of sleep and make changes one step at a time. – Stephanie from Petite Pastels

51. Intentionality and balance are key! When you intentionally approach a healthy lifestyle, it affects everything – not just eating and exercising. Don’t expect change overnight, and don’t get discouraged. Accountability is also a great thing – get a good friend to help you stay accountable and make sure you’re making the best decisions. – Amanda from Maple Alps

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Healthy Living 101 - Lifestyle Apps

Just like with the exercise apps, there are some fantastic apps out there to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle! Here are my favorites! 🙂 (All are available for free on Android and iOS.)

52. Fooducate: This app does a lot, but what I love is that it tracks your sleep, food, and mood levels, analyzes them, and offers suggestions to help you become healthier.

53. MyFitnessPal: With this app, sponsored by UnderArmour, you’re able to track your food and exercise to help you reach any goal that you set (build muscle, lose weight, etc.).

54. Lifesum: This is the first app you need when you’re moving to a healthier lifestyle! Based on your goal, it sends you reminders throughout the day to take steps to reach those goals (drink water, go for a walk, etc.).

55. DietBet: For those competitive folks, this app allows you to make a bet on whether or not you can attain a certain goal. You put your money in at the beginning, and if you meet the goal, you get part of the winnings!

56. Happify: Emotional well-being is a big part of a healthy lifestyle, and that’s what this app is all about improving!

57. Clue: Ladies, this one is for you. It’s a period reminder app, but it also tracks you throughout your cycle to keep you happy and healthy all month.

58. Lumosity: Lumosity is all about keeping your brain active and healthy, which helps all of your body feel better!

Healthy Living 101 - Products

Finally, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite products to help you lead a healthy lifestyle. These range from helping you cook healthy to exercise equipment to promoting your healthy lifestyle on an affordable budget. So as to not overwhelm you, I’m going to group these together in a condensed form. Note: It is absolutely possible to lead a healthy lifestyle without purchasing any additional projects, so just consider these as bonuses. 🙂

Food (59-70): Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook (great recipe ideas), George Foreman Grill (cooks the fat out of your meat; also great for veggies), Vegetable Mandolin and Grater (you always need more veggies), Food Scale (portion control), Slow Cooker (don’t be tempted by fast food), Food Steamer (no more frying!), Oil Mister (use less oil for fewer calories), Food Dehydrator (make your own snacks), Apple Corer (cut up a snack for on to go), Snack-Size Containers (take your own snacks to work), Weekly Meal Planner (you make better choices when you have a plan), and finally, a Blender (because smoothies are awesome).

Water (71-78): Water Bottle With Ounce Markers (basic), Insulated Water Bottle (for those hot days), Water Bottle With Time Markings (keeps you on track), Fruit Infuser Water Bottle (for a little excitement), Filtered Water Pitcher (in case your tap water isn’t up to par), Fruit Infuser Water Pitcher (even more infusion!), Faucet Water Filter System (make sure your water comes out clean), and a Mason Jar Drink Dispenser (because it’s adorable).

Exercise (79-88): Performance Gear Socks (perfect for any workout), Foam Roller (for your newly sore muscles), Women’s Workout Capri Leggings (ladies, you need them), Men’s Workout Shirt (it’ll keep you cool), Yoga Mat (for any kind of yoga or stretching), Exercise Ball (to work on stability and core strength), Resistance Bands (great for strength training and stretching), Adjustable Dumbbell Set (to build muscle), Jump Rope (great cardio), and a Pull Up Bar (for your upper body).

Lifestyle (89-95): Fitness and Nutrition Journal (keep track of your journey), Diffuser (essential oils are a great way to stay healthy), Garmin Fitness Band (to help you track and achieve goals), Bai (a great drink alternative to water), Vitamins (to support your overall health; find one that fits you), Pillow (to encourage your best sleep), and O’Keefe’s Cream (to keep your body feeling healthy).

Healthy Living 101

A few last tips about leading a healthy lifestyle:

96. Pick one area to focus on and start with that.

97. If your body doesn’t feel right, whether it’s related to diet, exercise, or lifestyle, please seek medical help.

98. Make your health, and your family’s health, a priority.

99. Don’t let drinks ruin your healthhy lifestyle. Coke is bad!

100. Do what works for you. Don’t jump into something just because it’s supposed to be “perfect.”

101. Just have fun with it. 🙂

For of my healthy tips and tricks, follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook!

What about you? How do you lead a healthy lifestyle?



  • Emily @ Em Writes

    August 1, 2016 at 9:40 am

    What a great post! It is bursting with amazing resources and tips!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks, Emily! I’m glad you found it helpful! 🙂

  • Brooke

    August 1, 2016 at 9:48 am

    These tips are so helpful – thanks for putting this together! I really love Blogilates too and I’m excited to do her workout calendar for this month.

    XO, Brooke

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks, Brooke! That sounds awesome! I’m glad you’re getting active and loving what you’re doing! 🙂

  • Miss F

    August 1, 2016 at 9:58 am

    This was an amazing post. I love how you organized it and the number of bloggers that were involved.

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks, girl! Thanks for being a part of it, too! 🙂

  • Rev. Bosco Peters (@Liturgy)

    August 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks, Abbey. Some great ideas here & to come back to.
    Just a hint/question: please can you translate (24) for those of us outside USA. There is no way we understand the eccentric way you measure things. Do you weight yourselves in stones or something? And how big is an ounce? What is the calculation for the rest of us who use the simple metric system?



    1. smalltownsoul

      August 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Bosco! Thanks for reading! Here in America, we weigh ourselves in pounds! If you’re looking for a conversion, you can go to Google and type in the amount of ounces, tell it what unit you would like it to convert to, and it will tell you exactly how much you need! 🙂

  • Lauren @ Glitter & Grandeur

    August 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I love this post! These tips are so helpful! Having them consolidated all in one place is such a great idea and a very valuable resource! Also, thanks for the shout-out, love!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks, Lauren! I was honored to include your advice! 🙂

  • Kristyn

    August 1, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring me and my advice. Eating healthy is more than half the battle…and so hard after a long day at the office. When I can cook 3 meals in a week, I feel so good about myself and my diet. I feel in control (we eat leftovers some nights), yet not like I’m killing myself.

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 3, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Kristyn, your advice was awesome! Thanks for contributing! That is so great! It’s all about finding what works for you! 🙂

  • Ademola Olajumoke

    August 2, 2016 at 1:11 am

    This is a wonderful post. I absolutely love it and i actually paused for a minute to download ine the apps you mentioned, two actually. Thank you so much for sharing this….

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 3, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Thank you so much, Ademola! I’m so glad that it was so meaningful for you! 🙂

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    August 2, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Such a great post! So detailed, love it!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 3, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Thank you so much, Elizabeth!

  • Sam

    August 3, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Wow this is super chocked full of great tips and tricks! I love how you say to start with one area because overhauling your whole lifestyle can be a bit overwhelming. But I love living a healthy lifestyle and I know once you tackle one area you won’t be able to stop! 🙂

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 4, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Thanks, Sam! I totally agree! I love living a healthy lifestyle as well! It’s such a great feeling! 🙂

  • Jehava

    August 4, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Wow what a great and helpful post! I couldn’t agree more with all of your tips! Thanks for sharing!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 4, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Thanks, Jehava! I’m glad it was helpful for you! 🙂

  • Lora Armendariz

    August 4, 2016 at 8:42 am

    It was fun to go through this list. Some of the habits I already own (that made me feel great) others challenged me. What a wonderful collection of quotes, tips, and recipes. Thank you!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 4, 2016 at 8:54 am

      How wonderful, Lora! Thanks for reading! I’m glad that you’re already progressing on your healthy journey and that you’ve been challenged to go even farther! 🙂

  • Adaleta Avdic

    August 10, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Ooooh what an incredible compilation of information all in one place! xx Adaleta Avdic

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 10, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks so much, Adaleta!

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  • Moll

    November 9, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    This is such an important post! You are inspiring me to continue healthy habits in the fall/winter. Often I get lazy! Something I need to do a lot more of is to drink more WATER! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Keep smiling!
    Molly |

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 15, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Thanks, Molly! I’m so glad I could inspire you! Water is so, so important and it’ll make you feel much better! 🙂

  • Vanessa K

    November 9, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    This is an excellent roundup! Thanks for putting this together 🙂 I found that drinking a glass of water before my coffee in the morning really helps me stay on track. Also, because I’m breastfeeding it helps me get more water into my day as well!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 15, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Thanks, Vanessa! 🙂 That’s a really good idea! I don’t drink coffee, but I try to get in two bottles of water before lunch! Having a goal like that is so important!

  • Mistle

    November 9, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    So many great ways to be healthy!!! I am a water lover. I drink a lot of water everyday. I can’t go without it! I need to check out several of these recipes. I have been on a journey to getting myself into better shape. Thanks for sharing these!!!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 15, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Thanks, girl! 🙂 I’m definitely a water lover, too! It helps me feel so much better! I hope you love the recipes!

  • Kelsie

    November 9, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    These are such great tips! I love love love working out, it’s just the eating part of it that is sometimes more difficult ha. Great tips!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks, Kelsie! Haha yeah the eating is a lot harder, especially when pregnant! I just want all the food! 🙂

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  • Shaylynn @ Beneath the Cherry Tree

    December 3, 2016 at 9:45 am

    This post is total GOLD. I love that there is SO much great input from so many people! And I also love how interactive it is. I love advice, but going the extra mile and offering apps and products and places to navigate afterwards is fantastic. I was trying to find the motivation to work out this morning and this post definitely was what I needed! Great read!

    1. Abbey

      December 3, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Thanks so much, Shaylynn! I wanted this post to be super helpful for people who don’t know where to start or who are already on their healthy journey! It makes me happy to know it’s making an impact! 🙂

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    April 15, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    wow! such a comprehensive list! thank you!

  • Natalie @ Milk & Honey Faith

    June 15, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Abbey! This is packed with resources! I’ll be sharing this today in my health group! Thank you so much for sharing this valuable info!

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