Getting healthy doesn’t have to be rocket science. In today’s world, it often seems as though if we don’t devote our entire lives to nutrition and fitness, then we are doomed to be overweight and out of shape. This simply does not have to be the case. Getting fit and healthy can be as simple as a few minor changes to your daily routine. Don’t let all of the advice and literature scare you. Instead, try just a few adjustments for big results.
Move your body. This does not have to be an hour a day or some fancy workout class at the nearby gym. Try a few jumping jacks when you get up or some push-ups before you go to bed. Granted, this is not going to get you in immaculate shape overnight. It will, however, increase energy, stamina, and you will see improvements to your mind and body over time.
Stretch. This one is easy to add to your daily routine, as most of us already do this as soon as we wake up. Stretching moves the blood and relaxes the muscles. Adding some very simple, but deliberate, stretching into your day can give your body a much needed flexibility boost. It can also help rid your body of minor aches and pains brought on by everyday life.
Change one snack. America is a place full of hard working, career-minded individuals. Along with this comes long days at the office, and often times snacking comes with the territory of hard work and long hours. If you’re not prepared, this can lead to unhealthy choices from the vending machine or the nearby drive through. Plan ahead instead, and change just one snack a day with a healthy option such as fruit or veggies. This will decrease your caloric intake and help you feel better at day’s end.
Sleep. If there is one thing that no one ever seems to have enough of…it’s sleep. Sleep eludes most of us, but the lack of sleep causes literal harm to our bodies and minds. Getting enough sleep allows your mind the time it needs to rest and regenerate. It also allows the body to relax and prepare itself to handle the tasks thrown its way. You may or may not need eight hours a night, but make sure that you are getting enough rest on a consistent basis for the best results.
These tips aren’t going to make you look like a bodybuilder. For most of us, however, that’s not really the long term goal anyway. For those that want to look and feel better, increase their overall general health, and make lifelong habits, these tips are a great way to get started.