There’s more to healthy living and finding wellness and vitality than just eating right and exercising. Because the new year typically brings endless resolutions having to do with health, diet, weight, etc, I thought I’d share the essentials of a healthy lifestyle in one pretty poster (and below you’ll find a brief explanation of each) 🙂

Save it, share it, pin it, post it on your fridge or keep it in your day planner, whatever! Here’s to healthy living in the new year and beyond!



healthy living 101


Get adequate sleep: 7-9 hours does the trick for most adults. Keep a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends, and focus on making your sleep environment conducive to good quality sleep.

Drink lots of water: Your urine should be a pale yellow throughout the day. Green tea and fruits and veggies are also a great way to stay hydrated!

Eat mostly non-processed foods and lots of fruits and veggies: Everybody’s dietary needs are different, but as a general rule of thumb, focusing on whole/real/unprocessed foods, cooking from scratch, and eating plenty of plants does a body good.

Spend time with friends and loved ones: Humans are social animals. We need a sense of connection and belonging in order to thrive, so find people who light you up and make you feel good, and make a point to spend time with them.

Move your body, play: Our bodies are made to move! So whether it’s structured exercise like weight lifting or running, or something more informal like dancing, rock climbing, surfing, or chasing your kiddos around the park, find activities you love and do them often.

Avoid harmful environmental toxins: The world is overrun with chemicals that are flat out dangerous to the human body. Lessen your exposure to toxins by eating organic animal products and produce (or at least avoid the dirty dozen), drinking filtered water, and using environmentally friendly/natural beauty and cleaning products. For more information on avoid environmental toxins, check out the Environmental Working Group.

Laugh more: Laughter is good for the soul, and helps with the next point . . .

Stress less: Emotional stress has been implicated in many health issues. Stress can weaken the immune system response as well as lead to unhealthy behaviors that further harm our bodies when dealt with poorly. For an overview of stress and disease, click here.

Enjoy the sunshine: Being outside in the sunshine makes most of us feel pretty good, but it’s more than just enjoying a beautiful day and some fresh air. Sunshine allows humans to synthesize vitamin D, which is important to bone health, proper immune system functioning, insulin regulation, and pain management to name a few.

For more help with goal setting and creating your own unique healthy lifestyle, download my free e-guide, The Complete Starter’s Guide to Healthy Living, here!