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Simple Ways to Improve Your Health

By Katie Schultz

July 5, 2015 -10:22 AM

Adapting to new changes can be tough. However, small changes are easy to make and can make a positive difference in a person's overall health.

Use smaller plates for meals. Using smaller plates creates smaller portion sizes, which is recommended for losing weight. Often, overeating due to increased portion sizes, is the reason for weight gain.

Buying groceries online. Many grocery stores are adopting an online service- a customer buys online and picks it up later. This helps to prevent overbuying, or buying unnecessary foods in person.

Cook more often. Eating out can be fun sometimes, but cooking your own meals can be healthier because you know exactly whats in it, resulting in no hidden calories.

Cut down soda consumption. Soda is sugary and often has caffeine. If a craving for soda strikes, try sparkling water instead. It comes in a variety of flavors and, like soda, is carbonated.

Eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits are great alternatives to chips and cookies. Vegetables are high in nutrients. Both are linked to reducing the risk of cancers as well.

Drink more water. Instead of drinking a morning cup of coffee, drink a big glass of water. Water kick starts the metabolism for the day and will give you more energy.

Stretching everyday. Stretching loosens muscles, keeps joints limber, and can relieve stress.
Walk more. Twenty minutes before the movie starts on T.V? Instead of finding something to watch in the meantime, take a walk. Walking improves cardiopulmonary health, burns calories, reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke, and improves mental health.

Washing your hands more frequently. You know what you have touched, but do you really know how clean it is? Washing hands more often kills off the germs that might make you sick, like germs that cause the common cold, and flu.

Stand more often. Sitting at your desk for too long? Try standing up when you can to do your work. Standing is better for the muscles and blood flow.

Take the stairs. Instead of taking the elevator or using the escalator, take the stairs instead. Climbing the stairs burns calories and is beneficial for cardiopulmonary health.

Go to bed earlier. It is recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Sleep reduces stress and keeps you more alert during the day.

Take breaks. Mental health is also important. Take time for yourself to relax and clear the mind because often it is a person's mentality that keeps them from making changes and achieving their goals. Improving your mental health can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle. 

There are plenty of small changes that can be made to positively impact your health. While some may be hard to adjust to, it is important to stick to them so that you can better yourself and better those around you. Change is possible.
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