6 Easy Ways To Improve Your Health
There is no way you could fit all that into your busy life and besides, you have a family. They’re not going to eat braised kale and quinoa for dinner. There must be some ways to get healthier without completely changing your life. Just incorporate the following tips into your daily life and you’ll be well on your way to be healthier.
1. Stop drinking soda
It is always easier to drink calories than eat them, and drinking soda is the easiest way to consume excessive sugar. While soda offers you lots of calories and sugar, it offers absolutely no nutrition. Soda consumption has been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, depression and, of course, obesity. Cutting this habit will offer you immediate health improvement.
2. Go for a walk
Walking was once everyone’s form of transportation. We evolved to be walkers. But these days many of us walk only from our car to our house and vice versa. Walking regularly can help you control your weight, help prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes and high blood pressure and can help greatly to improve your mood and prevent depression. A great habit is to go for a walk with your partner or family after dinner. It’s also beneficial to go for a walk on your lunch hour to break up your day of sitting.
3. Eat more vegetables
Adding more vegetables to your diet is a simple way to improve your health. Look for any opportunity to throw more veggies into the mix. Having eggs? Add onions, mushrooms and tomatoes and turn it into a veggie scramble. Add dark green lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers to your sandwich or wrap for lunch. Baby spinach leaves can be added to pasta sauce, soup, stew, ground beef and just about any other dish you can think of. Eat baby carrots as a snack. Always keep a good selection of frozen vegetables on hand – sometimes the only reason you’re not eating more vegetables is the prep time involved.
4. Eat breakfast
Skipping breakfast doesn’t just mean you are more likely to overeat later, although that is the case as well; it also makes you more likely to consume too much coffee and to crave simple carbs. A good breakfast containing protein will help you keep your blood sugar stable and it will set the course for a day of healthy eating. Eat fruit or vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats along with your protein for a highly nutritious meal. If this sounds like too much work, here’s the perfect solution: have a protein smoothie. Throw yogurt, protein powder, fruit and flaxseed oil into a blender. You can do this the night before to make your morning that much easier.
5. Get more sleep
If you get inadequate sleep you are more likely to be overweight because lack of sleep causes an imbalance in the hormones that control hunger. You are also more likely to crave simple carbs for instant energy and less likely to exert the energy you would if you were well rested. But lack of sleep causes far more difficulties than just weight troubles. Not surprisingly, lack of sleep makes you less likely to make good decisions and makes you work less efficiently. It makes you more irritable and less able to handle life’s daily stresses. More seriously, it increases your chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, depression, it delays your reaction time (meaning a greater chance of accidents) and makes you more likely to die than the general population of the same age. Your body is hard at work when you’re sleeping, and a lack of sleep means that maintenance work is not being adequately completed.
Socializing can help your health by improving your mental health, but in this case you will be socializing with people who have more positive health habits than you have. Studies show that people tend to behave in ways similar to those they spend time with. If most of your friends and relatives have bad health habits, it follows that you will too. Start spending time with people who exercise and eat well and their habits will rub off on you, without you even being aware of it.
Achieving better health does not have to be difficult. A few better choices can make a huge difference in your long-term health, energy and even your looks. And once you improve a few habits you will find your other habits easier to improve, in a snowball effect. Incorporate these six tips into your life for instantly improved health.