Let’s own up to the fact that we are all aware of things we should do in order to be healthier. Cut down on alcohol intake, exercise more often, eat a balanced diet, and drink a lot of water. These are classic recommendations that have proven to be very effective at helping people achieve their health goals. In fact, there are many research studies to back them up, but being aware of these things doesn’t mean that people act on them.
Many health goals often fall short because they are too general. Without direction or a solid plan, it can be difficult to lose weight or lower cholesterol levels. The statement, “I will eat better” is so nonspecific that people end up not following through. It’s time that we put an end to these self-sabotaging health goals and take smaller steps that benefit overall health. The more steps you take, the better your health will become. You have the power to achieve better health today!
Eat When You’re Hungry
It’s easy to put off meals when you’re busy. That only leads to poor food choices and pigging out like a savage. When you are hungry, allow yourself the time to eat a snack or meal. The goal is to avoid binge eating, and the best way to do that is the answer the call when hunger strikes. Have an afternoon apple, handful of cashews, granola and yogurt, celery and almond butter, or packed lunch at the ready!
Take A Break
More often than not, you can feel when stress and anxiety start to creep up on you. People typically brush off stress or anxiety to deal with more pressing matters. Unfortunately, this only worsens the situation and increases the risk of a full blown meltdown or anxiety attack. Every single day, give yourself a five minute break, at the bare minimum. Take deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Put your phone away during this time and continue breathing until you feel completely relaxed.
Minimize Toxins In Your House
This is not something that people typically talk about when they want to improve their health, but it’s an integral step to take. If you are trying to detoxify your body, you have to ensure that your home is free of toxins. Try to limit the use of chemical cleaning products and personal care products and switch to more natural alternative (we have many recipes on our website). If DIY isn’t your thing, purchase some indoor plants to help purify the air in your home.
Big changes, especially dietary changes, can intimidate people. Sometimes, it’s better to make small adjustments. Simple food swaps for healthier alternatives can have a big impact on your overall health. Consider using olive oil or avocado oil in place of butter when you cook. Instead of ice cream or candy for dessert, choose fresh fruits. Opt for probiotic-rich, unsweetened Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Use avocado mayo in place of regular mayonnaise. These are small, meaningful adjustments that will only encourage you to make other healthy food choices.
Commit To 30 Minutes Of Movement Every Day
The majority of people, especially nowadays, spend most of their time sitting. All of this inactivity negatively impacts your health, which is why movement is necessary. You can row, walk, bike, kayak, jog, lift weights, do yoga, take a Pilates class, or dance to your favorite playlist. Work up a sweat for 30 minutes every day and you will improve physical and mental health. Don’t forget to vary your workouts during the week as well.
Find Your Motivation
Ultimately, you have to find what motivates you if you want to be a healthier person. When you find your rhythm, your health goals will seem much more attainable. Find the healthy snacks you enjoy, or link up with family, coworkers, or friends and start a weekly step race. The simple steps in this article can help you become a healthier person, but each step won’t work for everyone. Find the healthy choices that make you feel better and go from there.
It’s never too early or too late to start making healthier choices. Build a foundation for a healthier life by taking the baby steps in this article.