13 Healthy Habits I Just Can't Get IntoErin Whitehead
I’m healthy in a lot of ways. Many ways. I work out. I eat huge salads. I eat vegetables almost every night with dinner. I add chia seeds to my smoothies. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink too often. I’m never afraid to pick up the phone and make a doctor’s appointment. But there are some healthy habits and health foods that I just cannot get into, no matter how much I try.
Because I’m a health and fitness writer, I’m always checking out the latest fitness trends and trying new products and health foods. I try to stay up on what’s new, and doing so is a great way to find new healthy obsessions (see chia seeds in my smoothies). It’s always a bit of a bummer when the new “it” thing everyone is raving about is something you just can’t stomach without gagging (coconut water, I’m looking at you), or something that just seems way too hardcore-scary to ever try (like CrossFit).
I’m a firm believer in finding the healthy things you love and sticking with them. Don’t be afraid to be adventurous, of course, but if you love spinach, don’t beat yourself up for not wanting to eat kale morning, noon, and night. I’ll be sticking with my Zumba, Brussels sprouts, and chia seeds… and ignoring some of these healthy habits that I just might never learn to love!
13 Healthy Habits I Just Can’t Get Into 1 of 14
Try as I might, these are the 13 healthy habits I just can't quite find room for.
Drinking Coconut Water 2 of 14
Oh, the touted benefits of coconut water. It's an all-natural way to hydrate, and it's a low-carb, low-sodium way to add potassium to your diet. In fact, it's got more potassium than four bananas, which is a little, well, bananas. It's also said to offer the same hydration and endurance support as leading sports drinks, but with fewer calories. While fitness buffs and foodies everywhere swear they love the stuff, I cannot for the life of me stomach it. It tastes so wrong, and inevitably, whenever I try it, thinking I'll have matured and changed and will now finally get it, I can't get past the first sip. I think I just have to accept the fact that coconut water and I will never get along.
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Doing CrossFit 3 of 14
One of my very best friends sings the praises of CrossFit all the time. And I know it can work wonders in getting you into shape by making you do super-tough functional exercises. But terms like AMRAP and WOD and calluses like these… well, those things make me hesitant to try it out! Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to get the CrossFit experience, but until then I'll stick with Zumba.
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Running 4 of 14
Oh, the runner's high. I've always been envious of the runner's high. I can't say that I'm not a runner exactly: I mean, I am training for a Tough Mudder, which requires some serious distance. But I can't exactly say I'm a runner, when I totally hate it. There are so many workouts I'd rather be doing, but I always wish I could love it. After all, you need no equipment, you can do it anywhere, and it's great for your heart.
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Practicing Yoga 5 of 14
I used to do yoga regularly and my biggest fitness feat maybe ever was getting into crow pose and holding it. Yoga is great for strength and flexibility, for reducing anxiety, and getting in touch with your body. But I find that I'm so concerned with getting my cardio and strength training in that I rarely do yoga. It wouldn't be that hard to pop in a DVD or do a few poses in the morning, but I just have a hard time slowing down enough for the slower pace of yoga.
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Getting Eight Hours Of Sleep 6 of 14
I'm the type that could use 10 hours of sleep each night. But try as I might, I don't get it. First, I tend to stay up working way too late. But then once I hit the hay, it's inevitable that one of my kids wakes up as I'm drifting off to dreamland. They must have built-in sensors or something. My 3-year-old climbs into bed at least once a night, and I have the choice: fight her and get her back into her room and risk her waking her brother as she screams in protest, or let her sleep with us — even if that means her sleeping with her feet in our faces. Often, she wins just because I'm too tired to fight two kids at 3 a.m. One of these days I will sleep like a baby, and it will be glorious!
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Doing Morning Workouts 7 of 14
I'd like to blame not being able to get out of bed on the poor sleep I get, but it's not totally true: I've never been a morning person, no matter how hard I've tried. I would love to be able to bounce out of bed and fit in a workout before anyone rises for the day, but it just doesn't happen. I love the idea of it, for sure. But I can barely manage to drag myself out of bed for my coffee, let alone a sweat session. I'm hoping that with age I will eventually conquer this one. After all, isn't it so much better to work out, shower, and be ready for the day with the workout knocked out of the way?
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Meditating 8 of 14
I took a meditation course when I was pregnant, and I absolutely loved it. I slept more soundly, felt less stressed, and generally felt way more Zen and connected with my baby. And the benefits of meditation are huge. It can help you manage stress, improve your focus, and help with sleep problems too. But in my chaotic household, I can rarely grab time to sit peacefully and quietly for 10 minutes, and when I try to meditate before bed, I inevitably fall asleep. Plus, it's a little boring. This one is always on my list to tackle, and I always vow that this will be the year I start to meditate more regularly.
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Drinking Tea 9 of 14
Drinking tea has so many good healthy benefits, from fighting free radicals, to protecting against cancer and heart attacks, to preventing neurological diseases, even improving muscle endurance. But unfortunately I have a really, really hard time swapping out my morning coffee for tea. Maybe I should try an afternoon tea and speak in an accent?
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Getting Massages 10 of 14
There was a time a few years ago when I got weekly complimentary massages, because sometimes being a health and wellness writer has serious perks. But besides feeling amazing, massage has some serious benefits like decreasing anxiety and headaches, and helping with soft tissue strains or injuries. Plus, it reduces stress, pain, and muscle tension. With all of the amazing benefits, it would be awesome to fit in once a week — heck, I would even take a few times a year at this point! But the demands of two small kids and no free time, and the cost of massages all put it on the back burner. Where are those free massages when I really need them?
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Eating Melons 11 of 14
While I can enjoy some quite delicious watermelon, for some reason cantaloupe and honeydew totally offend my taste buds. I wish they didn't — both fruits (or are they veggies?) tout numerous benefits. One cup of cantaloupe contains more than 100 percent of your vitamin A needs and nearly takes care of your daily vitamin C needs. It's also a good source of fiber, as is honeydew. But as pretty as the pale orange and green melons look, they always get picked out of a mixed fruit cup.
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Planning For Healthy Snacks 12 of 14
It never fails that when we go out as a family on an outing to a zoo or to an amusement park, I inevitably forget the snacks. In the rush out the door, with the dog barking, and keeping shoes on both kids, snacks are left behind. Then I'm left scrambling on-the-go for snacks or drinks, and they're never as healthy as what I would have packed from home. I kick myself every time that I'm not more organized in this healthy habit.
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Slurping Energy Gels 13 of 14
I have a feeling I'll need some energy gels to make it through my upcoming Tough Mudder, but so far in my athletic career I've had little need for gooey energy providers. My workouts are never over an hour long, and I never need more than water to get through them. So I've never really "gotten" the energy gels nor really been able to stomach them. Maybe I should practice before the big day?
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Taking A Shower Immediately Following My Workout 14 of 14
Now this is a healthy habit I would love to be able to do — it would be such a luxury to be able to take a shower at the gym! My workouts often get cut short because the gym daycare calls me back, so I don't even stop at the locker room and waste a second of time before I hit the gym. To take a shower after my workout and dry my hair? That would be true luxury! Instead, I'm gross for hours because I prioritize my workouts, but my showers don't get the same treatment!
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