There’s a lot of advice out there on how to live a simple, healthier life. The problem with a lot of these recommendations is they are not always simple to understand or easy to execute. That, of course, doesn’t mean they’re wrong, but it does makes them more difficult for people to embrace. So, WellWell is here to help with a list of easy and effective ways to fastrack yourself to a healthier life. Think of these as seven baby steps for adults.
Walking is one of the most effective exercises out there. It easy and cheap, Heck, a few steps here and a few steps there and you’ll be hitting the recommended 30 minutes of walking a day in no time. While you’re at it, take the stairs instead of an elevator where possible. What’s to lose? Some calories, a few pounds, some stress and you’ll build stamina.
Too few people get enough sleep and it is literally killing them. The goal: 8 to 10 hours a night. It will build heart health, manage hunger, boost immune systems and strengthen memory functions. Have trouble getting started? Fix a lights out bedtime.
You need water. Lots of it daily. The average person should be drinking eight glasses a day for maximum benefits like: detoxing digestive systems, controlling blood pressure and increasing energy and endurance. It might just help in losing weight too if water is consumed before meals. So, drink up.
Okay, everyone likes to snack or at least most of us do. But this doesn’t mean it’s okay to dive into a bowl of fried pork rinds or snort 12 Twinkies at a sitting. There are healthy snacking alternatives out there. It’s just a matter of finding the ones you like and then making sure they’re stocked at home. Oh yeah, the junk food alternatives in the closet (think that 12-pound box of double thick oreos) have to go.
Okay, mom may not have been right all the time, but when it came to her advice on eating slowly, she was right on the mark. Not only does it help with ease digestion, it is also a great weight management tool. By eating slowly, the brain has more time to assess when you’re full. Ultimately, the process avoids overeating and weight gain.
Ditch the Debbie Downers. Mental and physical health depends on staying positive and the best way to do that is to avoid negative people. Just let them go. It is also a good idea to avoid being negative about yourself, which admittedly may stray into more complicated resolutions.
Not all lifestyle changes have to be painful. In fact, most aren’t are at all and some are downright delightful. Consider dark chocolate. Eat some. Make sure it is at least 70 percent cocoa. It not only tastes great, it will reduce cravings for junk foods and sweets and suppress a hormone makes you hungry.
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