Everyone wants optimal health and wellness. But getting started living a healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming. If you are following the Standard American Diet (SAD), and don’t get much exercise, chances are you feeling the effects (tired, run down, no energy, decreased sex drive, etc.) and looking for a change. The good news is, making small, consistent changes can have a dramatic effect, and motivate you to continue going!
If you are wanting to make a change in your life, but don’t know where to start, may we suggest the following:
1. Get More Sleep
This one is first on our list because it takes no energy whatsoever. In fact, we are asking you to lay down longer! Make sleep a priority in your life and you will be amazed at the results. 7-8 hours a sleep a night can lead to better health, better sex life, less pain, lower risk of injury, better mood, better weight control, clearer thinking, better memory, and stronger immunity. Go to bed an hour earlier and start feeling the effects immediately.
2. Drink More Water
Another easy one – buy a glass or plastic refillable water bottle, and make it a point to fill and drink it three times per day. If it is 21oz or larger, you’ve hit your goal of drinking 8-9 glasses of water daily. Water serves a number of essential functions to keep us all going:
- A vital nutrient to the life of every cell, acts first as a building material
- It regulates our internal body temperature by sweating and respiration
- The carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream
- It assists in flushing waste mainly through urination
- Acts as a shock absorber for brain, spinal cord, and fetus
- Forms saliva
- Lubricates joints
Drinking sufficient water will help you think more clearly, help maintain your weight, and cause your skin to glow.
What could be easier than walking? Measure your steps with a pedometer or FitBit. Shoot for 5,000 to 10,000 steps per day (approximately 2 1/2 to 5 miles). Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk a mile before work, during your lunch break, and after work. Simply walking a little bit more than you do already is a major win for your overall health!