This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.

Our healthy habits are foundational to being our best selves.

We’re all on a quest to be the best versions of ourselves. As cold weather approaches, we’re less inclined to focus on ourselves when cozying up with a good TV show seems so appealing. As the holidays are coming up, we’re increasingly busy with friends, family, and events, leaving little time for working on our habits.

But on the contrary, with it’s the perfect time (especially with New Years coming up) to reinforce and change up your habits! Because your usual routine is being disrupted, you can piggyback new habits onto the changes easily.

These five habits are foundational in helping you be your best self:

1. Adding strength training to your workout routine.

Cardio may be good for your heart, but did you know strength training is too? Anything that gets your heart rate up counts as cardio. Luckily, strength training has a multitude of additional benefits as well; it’s also good for your core and for overall body balance.

There are plenty of at-home workouts you can do to help build your strength in just half an hour (or less) everyday. Use the extra hour we recently gained to your advantage and sneak in your workout in the morning a few times per week.

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Once you’ve incorporated strength training into your routine, over several months you may notice your metabolism has increased and your body is looking and feeling leaner than ever before.

2. Filling in nutritional gaps in your diet.

Being your best self means you’re striving to have your body function optimally too. By the time we’re in our twenties, many of us have already adapted our diets to includes less sugar and more veggies, and yet there are often still gaps in the vitamins and minerals our bodies need.

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3. Developing a set sleeping pattern.

There are multiple studies and books written on the topic and they all conclude one thing — we’re a sleep-deprived world. In fact, many man-made disasters like Chernobyl, have boiled down to sleep deprivation.

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Consider your circadian rhythm, why do you think that exists? Even though our adventurous souls may not like it, our bodies like a set routine.

Even if you can’t get more than six hours of sleep each night, aim for set sleeping and waking times. Your body will adapt to the routine and you’ll likely sleep easier as when bedtime approaches, your body will be ready for it. You might even find yourself waking up without an alarm after a few months with this habit!

4. Getting outside at least once a day for 30 minutes.

Ah, the great outdoors! There’s nothing quite like fresh mountain air. Unfortunately that’s not readily available to all of us but it doesn’t discount that benefits of getting outside.

Being outdoors gets us away from stale, un-refreshing air. A quick walk outside has been shown to increase productivity and creativity. Plus if you can’t get a dedicated workout in, a walk is just as good!

Reading outside

5. Reading regularly.

Reading keeps our brains working. Not only are you gleaning important knowledge by reading regularly, you’re expanding your mind and continuing to learn. A mind is a terrible thing to waste!

You don’t just have to read books either (although, we highly recommend them, of course!). Magazines, newspapers, short stories — anything you can think of. As long as you’re reading, you’re working towards your best self.

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For more healthy habits to help you to be your best self, be sure to check out and join the Nature Made® Healthy Habit Builder program for more tips and motivation for your health goals!

*Based on the 2016 U.S. News & World Report – Pharmacy Times Survey.

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.