We all want the quick fix. We want things easy and we want them fast. It’s just the way that our society has programmed us. Quick fixes are not easy to come by in the fitness world though. Health takes a while to lose as well as to gain. We found 5 things that are pretty simple and that make a HUGE difference in your health.
- Eat more whole foods and less junk. You already know that whole foods come from the earth and not boxes, right? Whole foods contain more nutritional value than boxed crap. Whole foods contain more vitamins and minerals, less cancer causing chemicals and better calories that our body can use. So cut the crap and eat good food.
- Drink more water. Water does all sorts of cool stuff for our bodies. It helps our cells rejuvenate. It helps us to digest the food we eat. It helps our organs to function properly. And, it contains no calories. You can drink as much as you want to and not have to worry about one single thing other than where the potty is. Drink it instead of sodas and other chemically altered and sugar filled beverages. Be healthier.
- Move your body every single day. Don’t complicate this. You don’t need a gym. You don’t need a trainer. You need to get your butt off the couch or out of your desk chair and MOVE. Walk. Run. Hobble. Pedal. Swim. Repeat after me: It doesn’t matter what it only matters that you DO IT! 15 minutes at a minimum. Every. Single. Day.
- Stop snacking before bed. I don’t care how healthy the package says it is, taking in calories within a couple hours of sleeping is a bad idea. You don’t need it. Sleeping is for your body to rest. Your entire body. How can it do that if it has to digest food? If you are hungry after dinner – DRINK WATER. It will reduce your risk for heart attack, hydrate your skin and your other organs and a whole other gammut of healthy things. If late night snacking is habitual for you – examine what you are eating for dinner. Make sure your nutritional needs are being met with your meals first and foremost.
- Unplug. Stepping away from work, our desks, social media and reconnecting with our family and nature are excellent for our mental health as well as for our physical bodies. It gives us a chance to stretch our bodies and our minds and if you spend this time with your family, it stretches your heart too. Taking 30 minutes each day to unplug improves our stress levels by as much as up to 80%. Just ask the people at the Mayo Clinic, the National Heart Association and any of the other health professionals you know. Taking a little R&R each day will also improve your looks by making us smile more.