7 Days and 7 Habits to a Healthier Life

Clutter can have a disastrous effect on your health. Disorder in your car, home and workspace creates chaos in your personal life and can make it difficult to stick to a diet or other health goals.

When you unclutter your life, you get rid of the distractions that prevent you from getting healthier. So dump the trash and clean up your life by embracing these seven habits.

1. Sunday: Unclutter Your Car

Every Sunday, before beginning a new week, make sure your car is clean. Get water bottles and wrappers off the floor, clean the seats of crumbs, clean the windows, and clear out your trunk. Driving to work in a clean vehicle sets you up for a healthy, organized week. Plan your work and work your plan.

2. Monday: Ditch the High-Glycemic Carbohydrates

Pack nutritious meals for the entire week and bring them to work on Monday. Once you ditch the sugar-spiking carbs, your cravings for sugar decline and your energy levels increase.

Most dieters fail due to their low energy, feeling of chronic hunger, and lack of results. When you cut bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, cereals and sweets out of your plan, you reap the rewards of positive changes within the first month. Beyond that, you learn to keep your nutrition to a low glycemic plan with an emphasis on lean proteins, low glycemic carbohydrates, lots of water and healthy fats. Overall, this will cut down on your risk for diabetes and heart disease.

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3. Tuesday: Practice Yoga

After Monday, many people feel the drudgery of a long week ahead. Change your thoughts and you will change your week. Practicing yoga allows you to dive into your week with good fitness, flexibility and meditation practices. Yoga invites you to listen to your body. It creates a sound mind, releases bad energy, helps reduce tension and pain and helps you open up your heart to the world. What an excellent way to spend a Tuesday.

4. Wednesday: Perform Interval Training

High-intensity interval training rocks the socks off other cardiovascular programs. It improves your cardiovascular system, burns fat, increases natural hormone production and burns through sugar. You don't need to do interval training for longer than 30 minutes if you're limited on time. Choose a treadmill, spin class, elliptical, or even the rowing machine. Whatever method you choose, warm up for five minutes before starting the workout.

More: High Intensity Interval Training for Beginners

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About the Author

Jenn Zerling, MS

Jennifer "JZ" Zerling, has an M.S. in Kinesiology and holds multiple certifications in personal training, Spin, nutrition and yoga. Her leadership experience includes directing the fitness and nutrition for guests at Stay Fit Housing, directing the fitness and nutrition department for Cenegenics Beverly Hills, clinic management for several Lindora Medical Weight Loss Clinics in Southern California, Fitness and General Management for the Sports Club/LA and fitness programmer for high schools involved in Matthew McConaughey's non-profit foundation, Just Keep Livin. She also developed and operates a successful corporate wellness program for South Bay BMW and writes courses for national personal training organizations. JZ's fitness and nutrition writings can be found in multiple media resources (including JZFitness.com) and she authored the book, Breaking the Chains of Obesity, 107 Tools. She is a fitness and nutrition presenter at national conferences and her JZ Fitness Nutrition app is available on iTunes and Android.
Jennifer "JZ" Zerling, has an M.S. in Kinesiology and holds multiple certifications in personal training, Spin, nutrition and yoga. Her leadership experience includes directing the fitness and nutrition for guests at Stay Fit Housing, directing the fitness and nutrition department for Cenegenics Beverly Hills, clinic management for several Lindora Medical Weight Loss Clinics in Southern California, Fitness and General Management for the Sports Club/LA and fitness programmer for high schools involved in Matthew McConaughey's non-profit foundation, Just Keep Livin. She also developed and operates a successful corporate wellness program for South Bay BMW and writes courses for national personal training organizations. JZ's fitness and nutrition writings can be found in multiple media resources (including JZFitness.com) and she authored the book, Breaking the Chains of Obesity, 107 Tools. She is a fitness and nutrition presenter at national conferences and her JZ Fitness Nutrition app is available on iTunes and Android.

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