5 Steps To A Healthier Lifestyle
Most of us would like to be a little healthier. Whether it’s cleaning up your diet, embracing a more positive attitude or running a marathon in the near future, you probably have some goals around your lifestyle that you’re hoping to achieve in the New Year.
If you’re the type of person who tends to over-complicate things and push for ambitious goals that you may not be able to meet, you may find yourself falling short and giving up on these lifestyle changes before spring arrives. Here are a few simple ways to adjust your lifestyle that don’t involve any unrealistic, radical overhauls.
- Take the stairs. Many people make resolutions to lose weight and get fit but then find the transition from couch potato to gym bunny too strenuous to commit to. Becoming more physically active doesn’t have to be a huge shock to the system. Instead of spending a ton of money on a gym membership you won’t use, decide to make small changes in your day that allow your body to work harder. Skip the elevator and take the stairs, walk to the store instead of taking the car and get outside with the kids rather than sitting in front of the TV.
- Cut out the salt. High levels of sodium in your diet will set you up for high blood pressure as well as a multitude of other health problems associated with high blood pressure. Even if your blood pressure is normal, you can improve your health by cutting down on the amount of salt you add to your cooking. Try different types of seasoning that don’t incorporate sodium and skip your usual shake over your dinner- your heart will thank you for it and eventually your taste buds will get used to the flavor.
- Spend more time outdoors. Your body needs a little bit of sunshine to get its fill of Vitamin D. This important vitamin can help your body fight off depression, osteoporosis, some forms of cancer and heart disease, and no supplements are necessary as long as you take the time to get outside regularly and soak up the rays. We’re not talking about lying on the beach covered in tanning oil here, but get outside for a walk or spend some time in the garden each day.
- Add in just one extra fruit or vegetable. If you’re planning to clean up your diet this year, diving straight into a healthy eating plan could set you up for failure. Studies have shown that adding just one fruit or vegetable into your diet every day can begin to improve your health, so start with one small addition and then work your way up to bigger changes if necessary.
- Get an attitude adjustment. Maintaining a positive attitude is key to a healthy lifestyle, so just working on this aspect of your life can make a surprisingly large difference to your general health and wellbeing. Look out for negative thought patterns and work on developing a more positive outlook.