Most of us have the same goal of trying to look great and feel good all the time. With that said, that can be hard to do when there are so many creature comforts available to us.
When you really examine what it means to be "healthy", it all boils down to doing what makes you feel good inside and out. The truth is that it can be easier than you think. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is less about making broad sweeping changes to the way you live and more about making little tweaks that yield big results in the long run.
Here are 3 easy things you can do to be healthier:
Drink Water Instead of Soda
I've mentioned this before, but one really great way to cut down on sugar (and even drop a few pounds) is to ditch those carbonated cavity inducers and opt for water instead. While it is understandable if you have an immediate aversion to this idea, the fact is that once you make this move and stick with it for a little while, you're unlikely to miss those syrupy beverages.
If kicking the cola craving still seems too daunting, try skipping them for only 1 or 2 meals a day at first and then slowly work your way to being 'pop' free.
Stand vs. Sit at Work
At this point, you've probably heard this one before. There is a lot of research that sitting down all day long is very bad for you. It can shorten your lifespan, cause back and neck pain, as well as a host of other ailments.
If you have a job where you are expected to be at desk all day, there are a few easy adjustments you can make:
- Every 15 - 20 minutes, make sure to get up and walk around a bit.
- Stand when you do certain tasks such as talking on the phone or doing paperwork.
- Do a few stretches or exercises at your desk.
You can even opt for a standing desk, which some workplaces will happily provide. One note on that: standing all day isn't ideal either, so be sure to mix it up.
Find Fun Events that Physically Challenge You
Working out isn't always the most fun thing to do, but the good news is that is not the only way to shape up. There are tons of activities that keep you active and allow you to have a good time.
Whether it's rock climbing, laser tag; hiking or bowling, whatever gets the blood flowing is better that nothing.
The long and short of it is that there isn't only one way to be healthier. You don't have to be have to have an olympic training regime, rather it's the little things that help you stay on track. What works for you is what is best, as long you get up, get out, and do something!