I am a wife, a mom, and an employee. I understand how difficult it can be to juggle multiple roles and obligations without adding more to your own plate. That is why I believe for many people, small changes are the most effective changes. Not everyone has the time to drop everything and hit the gym or take a yoga class, but most people can afford to park their cars further away from the store and walk the extra distance. It’s about the little lifestyle changes that require little more than determination – no monetary expenditures and minimal time commitments.
Today, I’m going to share a few tips that I feel everyone should know. Without a huge change to your lifestyle, you can begin your journey to better health as soon as tomorrow. Please note that before you alter your diet or begin any new exercise regimen, it is best to consult with your primary care physician – whether that’s your family doctor or chiropractor – especially if you have any pre-existing conditions that may be aggravated by a sudden change to your lifestyle. Take things one step at a time. Miracle transformations rarely happen overnight but even a slight alteration can yield results over time, which is why it is much easier to improve your health than you might think!
- Drink more water. Many people are not taking in a sufficient amount of liquid everyday, which causes an imbalance of body fluids and diminishes the body’s ability to function efficiently. The recommended amount of intake is 8-10 glasses of water per day. Drinking more wate
r can actually contribute to weight loss, keep your skin healthy, and improve energy levels.
- Eat 3 meals per day. It can be hard for many people to find the time to fit breakfast, lunch, and dinner into their busy schedule but it is important to try and do so. Rearrange your day, wake up a little bit earlier, meal prep in advance… Whatever it takes to make easier and more convenient for you to eat properly every day.
- Get enough sleep. For adults, 6-8 hours is the recommended amount of sleep you should be getting every night for optimal benefits. Of course, each person is different, and there are exceptions, however, do not assume you are one of them without consulting your doctor. When you do not get enough sleep, your cognitive function may be impaired, you will feel lethargic, and you may get more hunger cravings.
- Sneak in some more physical activity. I promised I wouldn’t make you commit to a gym membership or fitness classes, and I won’t. There are plenty of other ways to try and achieve the recommended 30-45 minutes of moderate intensity exercise recommended by health professionals. As mentioned, you can choose to park your car further away from your destination, whether that’s work, the store, the restaurant, or the dry cleaners. In fact, when appropriate, leave your car at home and walk the whole distance. Additionally, get out of the office or workplace during your breaks. Walk to a nearby location for lunch, or just take a quick walk around the building during short breaks. There are many ways to increase physical activity levels without cramming more things into your busy schedule.