10 Habits of Healthy People

I love before and after pictures. I love reading the stories of people who have transformed their health. I find them so inspirational and motivational. My Instagram feed is full of healthy people. Some people have always been healthy and others have overhauled their lifestyles to become healthy, but there are certain habits they have in common. So, to inspire us all, today I’m sharing the habits of healthy people.

The 10 Habits of Healthy People that can inspire us all to live healthier lives and create healthy habits that we can stick to | Simply Cantara, a UK Healthy Lifestyle blog

They exercise in a way that they enjoy

Regular, consistent exercise is important, so they choose a workout that they enjoy doing often. Hate being stuck indoors? Start running, join an outdoors bootcamp or take up personal training sessions in a local park. Don’t force yourself to do a workout you hate, because you won’t stick to it. Read my post How to choose a workout plan that’s perfect for you to find your ideal workout.

They pay attention to what they’re putting in their bodies.

They read nutrition labels, they cook meals from scratch, they ask questions at restaurants. They avoid nasty ingredients and hidden calories where possible.

They drink a lot of water

They drink the recommended water intake of 8 cups, if not more. Water has a whole host of benefits and is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Drink it warm with fresh lemon slices, cold with ice and infused with fruit.

They make health a priority

They schedule their workouts in their diaries, they prioritise buying healthy food over buying new clothes. They’ll get out of bed early in the morning to workout before work if they can’t make it in the evening.

They don’t deprive themselves

Balance is important to them and so they allow themselves everything in moderation. They’re not following a faddy diet, this is a lifestyle. Some believe in a 70/30 split, some 80/20 and others 90/10. Find the split that works for you.

They surround themselves with other healthy people

#Fitfam is real. They connect with other healthy-minded people on Social Media to swap tips and keep themselves accountable. They build a network of healthy friends in real life. #SquadGoals.

They eat enough food to nourish their bodies

There is no under-eating or starving themselves, nor is there over-eating. They know how much their bodies need for fuel and they make sure they eat enough calories and enough nutrients.

They set goals

They are ambitious and want the best for themselves. They challenge themselves to try a new recipe, increase their pull-up reps, go deeper in a yoga pose… They keep striving for improvement.

They listen to their bodies

They take a rest day when they need it, even if they had a workout scheduled that day. They up their vegetable intake if they need a nutrient boost. They give their body what it needs.

They stick at it, even when it gets tough

Some days, they want to hit snooze on their morning workout alarm, they want to eat pizza and a family-sized bar of chocolate instead of the healthy meal they’ve prepared. But, they push through and focus on the bigger picture.

I’ve already been inspired by some of these habits of healthy people and incorporated them into my life, but after writing this post I’m inspired to do more. Normal people, like you and me, have transformed their lifestyles and created healthy habits, there’s no reason why we can’t too.

Which of these habits of healthy people do you already do or want to start doing in your life? Let me know in the comments below and let me know of any more healthy habits.

The 10 Habits of Healthy People that can inspire us all to live healthier lives and create healthy habits that we can stick to | Simply Cantara, a UK Healthy Lifestyle blog



  1. January 15, 2016 / 8:19 am

    Couldn’t agree more with these points, once you get in to the swing of healthy living your priorities really do change.

    Great post!

    Allie | Rush + Teal

    • January 17, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      It’s so true, it’s all about getting into the habit, then before you know it you’ll forget about your old unhealthy habits. Thanks Allie xx

  2. emily couture
    January 15, 2016 / 10:35 am

    These points are so true! Lovely post :)

    emily xx


    • January 17, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you Emily, glad you agree :) xx

    • January 17, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      Glad you agree Gyudy, I need to work towards it too! xx

  3. Nicole
    January 15, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    I loved this post! It’s so inspirational and really highlights how easy it can be to be healthier. I changed my lifestyle a year and a half ago to be healthier and I’ve never felt better! I do most of the things you’ve mentioned, although I do need to get better at taking rest days rather than pushing myself when I just don’t have the energy because I feel like I should. I also think food is so, so important and learning about what you’re putting into yourself – it’s crazy the amount of rubbish that goes into ready meals and processed foods, which is why I always cook from scratch! It tastes better and you know exactly what’s in it! :)
    Nicole xxx

    • January 17, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      Thanks so much Nicole! I’m so glad you’re loving living a healthier lifestyle. I completely agree that cooking from scratch always tastes better and is so much better for you than processed foods and ready meals. I swear by eating clean. Just make sure you do take rest days – they’re equally important as active days!! xx

  4. @SarahAnneDG
    January 20, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    I love this, it’s so true and there are no extremes. Health is obtainable for everyone if we just live in balance. At least, that’s what I’m trying to do!

    • January 20, 2016 / 10:00 pm

      Definitely Sarah! So glad you liked the post xx

  5. Alison “My Big Fit Diary” Flev
    February 12, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    This is fab. Exercising in a way that you enjoy is 100% key to carrying out a successful exercise plan.. even better if you have some friends to do it with you #squadgoals

    Ali (My Big Fit Diary)

  6. June 14, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    This is such a great article. I love how you highlighted what people should do to be healthier, it’s so inspirational! I am definitely sharing this on my social media.

    • June 16, 2016 / 12:23 am

      Thanks so much for sharing Petra! I really appreciate it and I’m really glad you enjoyed the post xx

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