Resolutions to exercise more and lose weight are popular. These are big goals, and sometimes it’s tough to stay on top of them when you’re busy. If you have the determination to achieve them, that’s great! However, if taking smaller steps to improve your health and well-being is more your style, these simple lifestyle changes can help you move in a positive direction.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) “MyPlate” recommends making half your plate fruits and veggies. To view the daily recommendations of fruits and vegetables for your age, plus the valuable nutrients and health benefits fruits and vegetables provide, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.
Drink more water
Do you drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day? Water helps your cells and organs function properly, regulates body temperature, and moves food through your intestines. Try replacing an extra cup of coffee or a can of soda with a glass of refreshing water instead. Keep a reusable water bottle with you as a reminder.
Take breaks from sitting
Spending hours each day at a desk or behind the wheel doesn’t do your waistline or heart any favors. Over time, it can contribute to weight gain and heart disease.* Stand up, stretch, and walk around – often. Park farther away, take the stairs, refill your water bottle, talk to co-workers instead of emailing them – whatever it takes to help you move more.
Make time to listen to music and laugh
Lift your mood and help your heart by listening to music during your commute, going to a concert, watching funny videos, or taking in a comedy show or movie.
Tell someone why you love them
Saying “I love you” is special, but take it a step further. A note or letter that includes the reasons why can be one of the most meaningful and uplifting gifts you can give a grandparent, parent, spouse, child, or other significant person in your life.
Schedule your annual checkup
Your doctor is your partner in your overall health and well-being. Seeing him or her at least once a year helps you understnand important numbers, make sure your prescriptions are correct, know when to have screenings that can help save your life, and more. By following your healthy resolutions, you’ll have good news to share!
Source: European Heart Journal