Small Steps Toward Being a Healthier You

Small Steps Toward Being a Healthier You

Being the healthiest YOU that you can be is all about making small changes in your lifestyle. These small things that you do will add up to big results in the long-term. Here are a few of my suggestions:

Start moving. If you have been a couch potato for years, you will not want to start off with a 5K. Try walking 10 minutes a day for 3-4 days per week. When that becomes comfortable, add 5-10 minutes and an additional day.

Replace your sodas with water. Even if you start with replacing just ONE soda at a time, you are making progress.

Take the stairs. If you are always taking the escalator or elevator, start taking the stairs. Even adding a flight a day is helpful.

Don’t skimp on sleep. Getting enough sleep is just as important as what you eat and moving your body. Our bodies need 7-8 hours. Adjust your schedule as necessary. Maybe start by adding an additional half hour.

Pack your lunch. If you always go out to eat at lunch, try packing a healthy lunch one day a week. This can not only help your health but can save money. Once that becomes a habit, add a packed lunch for a second day during the week.

Switch your snacks. Do you find you are constantly snacking on chips or candy? Switch one snack a day with veggies or fruit. Once you get used to that, switch the other snack to a healthy option.

Watch your TV. Addicted to one or more shows? Use the commercials to get in mini-workouts. Planks, squats, tricep dips, burpees, etc. If you can, put your TV in front of an elliptical or treadmill.

Just choose two. If you are like me, you love to eat out. However, you do not always need to order a cocktail, an appetizer, an entrée, AND a dessert at every meal (although sometimes it is perfectly acceptable). Pick two. Try to make one of them a healthier choice.

Eat. Fruits and veggies missing from your diet? Try adding a fruit and/or veggie to each day.

Keep your hands busy. If you feel the constant need to munch, find something else for your hands to do. Journal, read, knit, scrapbook, write a blog, etc.

Shop til you drop. Walk to whatever errands you can. If walking is not possible, park as far away from the store as possible. Then once in the store, take a couple extra laps around before leaving.

Eat sitting down. Do you often eat standing up or in a car? Make it a point to eat sitting down where you are mindful about what you are eating and how much. Eat slowly, chew every bite, and savor what you are eating.

Drink up! Water that is! Our bodies need at LEAST eight 8oz glasses of water a day and in the summer, even more than that. Start your day with a big glass of water and try drinking one before every meal as well.

Reduce Your Stress/Relax Stress can wreck all kinds of havoc on your body. Learn what helps you relax and reduce stress. This can be different for everyone.

Self-Care As they say on planes, you have to put on your oxygen mask first in order to help others. Make sure you are taking care of yourself. This could be regular doctors appointment, hair appointments, a relaxing bath, etc.

Pick 1 to 3 things to focus on each week. DO NOT try to tackle everything at once. Once you have made those 1-3 a habit, pick a few more to work on.

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What small change do you need to implement in your life? What small change(s) would you recommend to those just getting started on their healthy lifestyle?

Cheers!

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15 Responses to “Small Steps Toward Being a Healthier You”

  1. These are such great tips! I love the idea of working out during commercials 🙂 I have a treadmill desk at home so I try to use that when I’m on the computer for a while!

  2. Fantastic tips! You can’t change everything and expect to be able to stay with it. A little can go a long way!

  3. These are so true. Also helps to pick a gym and/or exercise you actually enjoy. Hating the treadmill will not inspire you to get on it several times a week. I learned that the hard way.

  4. replacing soda is HUGE!! I’ve seen people lose tons of weight by just changing that one thing. I just need to chill out a bit. I’m adding stress to my life by lots of workouts and stuff. Trying to reset a little bit.

  5. Thank you for saying ‘Eat!’ So many people think that they can’t eat if they want to be healthier, when they are actually just eating the wrong things! Definitely great tips here!

  6. Love these tips, it’s definitely all those small things that add up to big changes!

  7. Replacing sodas with water is always the first change I suggest. I remember when I first stopped drinking soda I felt horrible at first but eventually I had more energy and my overall dependence on sugar reduced quite a bit.