Make healthy changes today 

Posted August 17, 2010 by Katie 

Making healthy changes can seem overwhelming and insurmountable at times. Believe me, when I think of dropping even 10 pounds, I get overwhelmed and pouty, knowing that means getting to the gym more, being more diligent with my portion control and avoiding a heaping helping of ice cream.

I recently read a blog post that listed just four things that you can do to help your health – no matter what your goal is. It was simple. I like that. Here are my four tips to share with you:

  • Drink more water. Water does more than quench your thirst. It plays a large role in regulating your metabolism, aiding digestion and keeping your body hydrated. And, sometimes dehydration is mistaken for hunger. How much to drink? The quantities vary, but as a rule, if your urine is clear, you’re drinking enough.

    To do today: Drink one glass of water after each meal. Already doing that? Before your morning coffee, have a glass of water.

  • Move your body. Exercise, undeniably, is essential to keeping healthy. But you don’t have to be a “gym rat” or a marathon runner to be considered healthy. Exercise regularly at your own pace, pushing yourself little by little to increase reps and/or intensity.

    To do today: Slowly add new “moves” to your day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Or, add a couple quick, 10-minute walks to your day.

  • Eat fruit and veggies. The health benefits of fruits and vegetables are undeniable, but if you’re anything like me, it’s not always easy to eat the suggested daily servings. “Sneak” in these healthy foods wherever you can.

    To do today: Throw a handful of shredded carrots into pasta sauce or chili. Cut up a peach and put it in yogurt.

  • Rest. Life is far too busy for most people to feel fully rested after a night’s sleep. Experts suggest relaxing up to an hour before going to bed. (That means turning off the computer and TV.)

    To do today: One night this week, try “tuning out” at least an hour before bed. Read a book. Play with your kids. Let your mind and body relax and prepare for a much-needed night’s rest.

Small steps are always the best way to bigger goals. Best wishes!   

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The information written about in this blog is not intended to be medical advice. Please seek care from a medical professional when you have a health concern.