Think you need to make major lifestyle changes to improve your health? Think again. Small changes have the biggest impact on your health. These are, after all, the types of changes that are easier for people to make and stick with over time, making them more likely to have positive long-term results. Get started with making these nine changes. View slideshow.
Get more steps
An easy way to increase your activity level is to take more steps. For example, go for a quick walk every hour, park further away and take the stairs when possible.
Incorporate strength training
Aim for 20 minutes, three times a week. You don’t have to limit yourself to using weights. Try using resistance bands or doing body weight exercises to build muscle and increase strength.
Start your day with breakfast
Eat breakfast to kick-start your metabolism. Keep it up throughout the day by eating healthy snacks such as cut-up veggies, fruit or nuts. These are great options because they are low in calories and high in nutrition.
A simple way to stay hydrated is to drink a glass of water before each meal. It can also help you feel fuller so you’re less likely to overeat.
Practice mindfulness exercises
Take some time for yourself. Start and end the day with five minutes of meditation or deep breathing exercises. It’s only a few minutes out of your day, and when you’re done you’ll feel more centered and less stressed.
Hit the hay
Establish a sleep schedule and stick with it. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. You should aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
Practice good posture
If you find yourself slouching or slumping while sitting, try swapping your chair for a stability ball. Your posture will improve and, at the same time, your core muscles will get stronger.
Wash your hands frequently
Practicing good hygiene is especially smart during these times. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using warm, soapy water. If you’re out and about, use hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes to keep your hands clean.
Enjoy a sweet treat
After dinner, indulge in a serving of fresh fruit or a small piece of dark chocolate. It’s just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth and gives you something to look forward to every day.
Small changes add up
Looking for more small changes that can help improve your overall health? Your personal doctor can help. To find a personal doctor near you, contact your health insurance provider.