I’m sure you’ve all heard that if you make little changes every day, you can improve your health. Usually these include parking at the far end of the parking lot at work or at the grocery store, or switching out your soda for water.
Well, I’ve got a few of my own tips I’d like to share with you. These are the little things that, if done consistently, may add up to some expectedly large changes in your health.
1. Reboot your commute.
Whether your commute to work is 10 minutes or an hour, there’s something you can do in your car that’s beneficial to your health. Drink water.
Take your stainless steel or BPA-free plastic water bottle with you while you drive, and at stoplights or whenever you feel you can, drink up.
I challenge myself to drink my whole water bottle before I get to work, and I do the same on the way home. It’s an easy way to weave some additional water into your day.
2. Make commercials your friend.
I like to watch TV while I work out. It helps relieve the boredom that comes from the cardio machines. If you do this too, kick your workout into a new gear by upping the resistance on your machine whenever a commercial break comes on. They only last a few minutes, but over the course of a half hour, you might get in 8 to 10 minutes of additional effort simply because of the commercials.
3. Have dessert.
That’s right, I said it. I really struggle at night if I don’t get some kind of sweet treat after dinner. Sure, I can try to eat nothing, or eat something healthy, but that doesn’t always work. So on the days where I just need something sweet, I have dessert.
But there’s a twist!
If you don’t already have some, go find yourself some small ramekin dishes, like these at Crate & Barrel. At just 5.5 oz., these little cups don’t hold much, and that’s the point.
Whatever you want for dessert, just make sure it fits in this cup. It’s a total win-win. You get dessert, but at such a small quantity, it won’t ruin your healthy plans.
And it’s important to make sure any diet has at least a little wiggle room.
4. Walk ‘n talk.
I don’t use my cell phone when I’m in my car because, well, it can be dangerous. But with longer days and warmer temperatures ahead, it’s time to bring back my favorite way to get some natural vitamin D and stay in touch with out-of-state relatives and friends.
I simply put on my walking shoes, pick up my cell, and head to the park for a walk. I get some exercise, I get outside, and I get to catch up on the latest gossip. Now that’s a win-win-win, in my opinion.
So the next time you’re in for a long chat, don’t sit down. Get up and walk!
How About You?
So, what little things do you do to make your days a little healthier? Leave your advice in the comments!
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