Most people know what they need to do to get healthy. But when you think about all the things that you need to change to live a healthier lifestyle, you might not know where to start. How can you start eating better, exercising, and getting rid of all your less-than-stellar habits all at once? The fact is that you can’t. Gradual change might not feel like you’re doing much, but it’s actually more likely to stick. Below are five things you can do today to make small changes that add up over time.
Adjust Your Sweet Tooth
Sugar tastes great, but it’s not the best thing for you. Instead of vowing to lead a chocolate-free life forevermore, try making some small changes at first. The next time you have a cup of tea or coffee, put a little less sugar in it than you usually have. Buy a fruit that you really love, one that is sweet and decadent, like a mango or ripe strawberries. The next time you get a craving for something sweet, instead of reaching for cookies or candy, eat the fruit instead.
Switch to Vaping
Some people can quit smoking cold turkey, but it isn’t easy. If you switch to vaping, you get a cleaner experience, and you can get more control over what you’re putting in your body with a vaporizer for dried herb. You can get one for your desktop or a portable one from an authorized reseller for major brands.
Take a Walk (and Keep Moving)
Get up, right now if you can, and take a walk around the room, around your yard, or around the block. Make movement a thing that you do every day. The next time you have a choice between an elevator or stairs, take the stairs. Ditch the tendency to drive around parking lots looking for a space and park at the other end. Get up and practice stretching daily, especially if you have a desk job. Eventually, you may want to work more formal and strenuous exercises into your day, but this is a great way to start.
Creating better habits includes things that are better for you mentally and emotionally, and social connections with others are among those things. Right now—maybe even while you’re taking that walk around the block—call a friend. Try to make the connection over the phone or, better yet, in person instead of texting. Make this the first step of building stronger relationships with your family and friends. If you’d like to expand your social circle, investigate groups doing activities that you enjoy and make a plan to join one of them.
Go to Bed
It can be tough to get enough sleep, especially if you’re a night owl or just busy. However, too little sleep can make everything else more difficult, both physically and emotionally. A regular sleep schedule can also make it easier to get to sleep and stay asleep. Even with all the beauty treatments available, both DIY and from experts, there is no substitute for a good night’s sleep. Some of the above suggestions, such as exercising and cutting back on sugar, can also change your sleep for the better.