Health & Wellness

Give these simple health tips a go this week. You will be amazed at how easy they are to follow, and how great you will feel from these small changes.  

 

  1. Stretch Daily

Even if it’s for 5-10 minutes in the morning, you will be blown away how amazing you feel after you give your body a little treat. Focus on stretching out your hips by doing a runner’s lunge or by lying flat on your tummy with your legs resting in a froggy position. Heck, rope the kids into your morning stretch routine too. They’ll love joining in on the fun!

 

  1. Positive Thinking

Research strongly affiliates a positive mindset with a healthier body and mind. Write down your favorite inspirational quotes and leave them posted on your walls, in the office, in your car, and set them as alarms on your phone. This simple practice will drastically change your mindset for the better!

 

  1. Drink More Water

Not just for athletes, carrying around a large jug of water will help you in your quest to stay hydrated. Try adding some citrus fruits or cucumber to your H2O in the mornings for some added nutrients and flavor. Water is involved in every single physiological process in your body, so aim to drink a gallon a day for optimal health!

 

  1. Reduce Soda

I know this may sound like a big step, but seriously, on average there are about 50 grams of sugar in just one can of your favorite fizzy beverages! Processed sugar intake has been strongly linked to diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Do yourself and your family a favor and try to cut it out completely. Because you deserve to live your best life and reduce your risk for chronic disease.

 

  1. Limit TV and Netflix

Binging on a Netflix show is sometimes way more fun than dealing with real life, but at the end of the day, what does it really do for you? It’s okay to use a television show to relax, but when it becomes a huge portion of your life, maybe it’s time to reconsider how you spend your time. Next time you’re tempted to sit down for six hours and knock out some episodes, opt for some time outdoors, trying a new recipe, or diving a good book. I promise you will feel so much better being more productive with your free time.

 

  1. Be Social

This might be asking a lot, especially if you’re more of an introvert. But really, it’s not going to hurt you to hire a sitter every once in a while to get out or go catch up with an old friend. Research demonstrates that meaningful relationships are shown to help increase your lifespan. Not to mention, life is just way more fun when you can connect and grow with others!

 

  1. Dance

Whether you join a Zumba class, contemporary group, or learn to tango, there are dozens of ways to get involved in your local dance community. Creative movement remains an outstanding way to get your heart rate up, meet new people, and have a blast!

 

  1. Treat Yourself

Go to a quaint coffee or tea spot every once in a while. Enjoying a new location can really help stimulate innovative ideas for your business or personal life. Bring a sweet friend along for bonus points!

 

  1. Throw Out The Scale

Seriously, obsessing over your weight can actually become detrimental to your health. Focus on what your body can do instead of harping on a silly number. Rather than constantly worrying about losing weight, choose to eat real foods and exercise because it will make you feel great.

 

  1. Never Overeat

Although gorging on a large pizza solo sounds wonderful, in real life you will never feel good afterward. Choose to eat mindfully, savoring each bite as nourishment instead of seeing how far your tummy can stretch before it bursts. One simple trick to reduce portion sizes is to eat on a smaller plate. You will feel so much more satisfied after meals when you are content instead of bloated and exhausted.

 

Taking care of your body and brain now will save you so many health problems down the road. Always remember to love yourself, take care of yourself, and speak positivity into your life. You will be blown away how simple changes can make a lasting impact on your health.