Living a healthy life can be simple and these 7 effortless ways to get healthier (without changing what you eat) are the tips and tricks not only for women and teens but beginners and even kids. They’re great motivation you need as you work towards your health and wellness goals. Take a look for yourself!
I don’t know about you but there are days when I overindulged on my eating. When I have these weak moments it’s so easy to beat myself up or even think about giving up on my health journey. Instead I need to remember how far I’ve come and simply try to be a little better than I was the day before. (It’s all about staying positive, my friend!)
So stop being hard on yourself, and instead of trying to be perfect with your health just try to do better than the day before. That could mean having a salad for lunch — with a side of fries. Or a decadent dessert on a Friday — and a major sweat session boot camp workout on Saturday morning.
Real people living real lives aren’t always perfect in their health journeys. They live somewhere in between, and I want to celebrate getting healthier with you!
7 Effortless Ways To Get Healthier (Without Changing What You Eat)
1. Clean your dish sponge
Keep sickness at bay by cleaning your sponge once a week. You can either place your damp sponge in the microwave for 30 seconds or run it through the dishwasher to disinfect it.
2. Choose joy
Researchers found that those who smiled the most lengthened their life by an average of seven extra years. They also found that a smile from someone you love can produce the same brain wave as learning you won $40,000.
You can also choose joy by looking for things to be thankful for. Whether it’s writing in a gratitude journal or sharing with a friend, take time each day to remind yourself what you are grateful for.
3. Get outside
There are a ton of benefits to getting outside. Not only does the fresh air boost oxygen flow to the brain but your body also produces Vitamin D when you’re in the natural sunlight. You can also build a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones and have a healthier heart by spending time outside, especially when you’re trees and plants. (The Japanese call this “forest bathing.”)
4. Sleep well
Sleep is the body’s time to rest and focus on repair and healing. Did you know that most adults need an average of 7 hours of sleep per night? How many hours do you get per night?
When you’re exhausted you’re not only more likely to grab fatty or sugary snacks in hopes of a quick energy fix but also to skip exercising for the day. This ups your risk for heart disease.
Here are four ways to get a better night’s sleep.
- Silence your cell phone
There’s nothing worse than waking up from a deep sleep to a phone call, text or notification. Use the do not disturb setting on your phone.
- Make a to-do list
Have you ever laid in bed thinking of all the things you need to do the next day? I used to have this problem until I started making to-do lists. Before you go to bed, write down the things you’d like to get done the next day.
- Keep a pen and paper by your bed
My friend keeps a pen and paper beside her bed in case she thinks of something while she’s trying to go to sleep. This not only enables her to remember what she was thinking about the next day but to also go to sleep quicker.
- Limit screen time
Studies show that TVs, smartphones, and laptops steal your sleep and affect sleep quality. A good option is to turn the screens off an hour before bedtime or even phase electronics out of your bedroom.
5. Get a massage
Oh the power of a healing touch! Not only is a massage relaxing and soothing to the soul but studies show that “a 45-minute massage brought on a major spike in lymphocytes, white blood cells that fight bacteria and viruses. It also decreased substances that cause inflammation and trigger allergies and asthma, and it lessened the production of a hormone that is linked with increasing stress levels.” (Source: Prevention.com)
As if I needed another reason to get a massage. (Can you tell it’s one of my favorite ways to treat myself?!)
6. Eat slowly
When we eat fast we’re more likely to consumer more calories. A study found that “people consumed about 12% fewer calories when they chewed each bite 40 times than when they chewed 15 times. Even if you don’t make it to 40, the more you chew, the more time your body has to register that it’s full.” (Source: Prevention.com)
7. Take breaks at work
There’s a reason you’re legally required to have breaks at work…to increase your productivity. Take advantage of your breaks and get away from your computer, desk or work area. Use this time to read a few pages of a book, relax or take a short walk.
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