Simple Health Changes Anyone Can Make

I'm always looking for more ways to lead a healthier lifestyle - whether it be cutting more chemicals from my cleaning cabinet, consuming less animal by-products, or exercising 5 days a week. And while I know not everyone is on board with those, there are a few other small things I've become accustomed to doing everyday that I know anybody can do. Though they are small, they really start to add up and strongly contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

Get more steps in
Park further away. I always see people driving down multiple rows in search of closer parking space, or  parked, waiting for parking space to open up closer to the entrance. Why? That's a perfect opportunity to get a little walk in. Park at the end of the lot at your workplace so you can get a little walk in before and after work. Get up and take a quick walk after an hour of sitting behind your desk. If you're curious to know how many steps you're truly getting in each day but don't own a Fitbit (don't worry, I don't either), there are apps you can download to your phone! IPhones come with an app called, "Health," and that's what I use to track my daily steps.

Drink more water
Are you drinking the recommended 8 glasses a day? I am guilty of not drinking enough but am working to change that. If you're lacking in this department as well, I actually have an article on The Ivory Fawn sharing 6 great tips for increasing your H2O intake! Make it a goal to drink a glass right when you wake up, before every meal, and before you go to sleep, and you'll start to notice how much better you feel.

Swap out sweets for fruit
If you feel like you're actually addicted  to sugar, you're not the only one. We all get these sugary sweet cravings, but the more you grab a piece of fruit instead, the more you'll crave fruit instead. Next time you're at the grocery store, stock up on your favorite fruit instead of bakery sweets or candy. Ridding your cupboards of the tempting junk food will help you all the more to make the swap.

Wash your hands more frequently
If you really think about it, our hands touch so many germy things throughout the day - door handles, telephones, gas pumps, restaurant menus, etc. Always wash your hands before eating, preparing food, applying makeup, and always wash your hands after utilizing the restroom. There are so many more instances, but those are just the first few to come to mind. Try and make it a habit to wash your hands every few hours if not every hour on the hour.

Stop drinking soda
With all the health concerns that come with soda (or pop), it should be a no-brainer to cut it from your diet, but unfortunately it's sometimes tough. Opt for water or tea as much as you can. If you can, stop cold turkey. I think cutting down rather than cutting it completely just makes it harder for you. If you're having a hard time because you're craving that fizziness, look to carbonated water or juice, but keep in mind that most juices are usually no better than soda.

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