Simple Tips For Improving Your Health This Year
With a new year comes a new beginning. An opportunity to start fresh and to continue striving for a better life. There’s a reason one of the most common goals for Americans is to lose weight and be healthier overall.
It’s much easier to make a stop at the drive-thru window than it is to prepare a homecooked meal. Driving is more convenient than walking. And a sugar-filled drink tastes better than plain water. But it doesn’t have to be this way! With self-determination and small changes, you can begin improving your health in time. If you start today, by the time December creeps up again you’ll notice how much better your body feels and how it wasn’t that hard after all.
We have a couple of recommendations that you can begin adapting today to start seeing improvements tomorrow:
Tip #1: Walk Whenever Possible
Walking offers numerous benefits. It’s good for your heart, brain, blood pressure, and cholesterol level. You’ve likely heard of the daily 10,000 steps a day goal. The reason this goal has gained popularity is that it’s proven to benefit your health just like drinking more water. You can think of walking like another fuel for the body. Our bodies were designed to move so when you begin moving more often, your health improves as a result.
There are numerous ways of getting in more steps, even if you sit at a desk for 40 hours a week. One easy trick is to avoid looking for parking and instead choose a stop that is furthest from the entrance. During your lunch hour, consider going for a short walk. If you get breaks throughout the day, use that time to walk around.
On average, most people only get about 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day. Studies have found that by investing in a pedometer or fitness tracker, you are more likely to get closer to the 10,000 steps mark. Consider investing in one of these useful devices today.
Tip #2: Swap Soda or Sugary Drinks for Water Infused With Fruit
Most sodas contain anywhere from 20 to 30 grams of sugar. Since the daily sugar intake is 25 grams for women and 37.5 grams for men, this means that if you drink one soda, you will more than likely go over the daily recommended limit. If you have diabetes, this suggested amount can be much lower.
Whether you have diabetes or not, it’s a much plan to eliminate soda and fruit juices in general, which tend to contain high fructose corn syrup and sucrose as well as aspartame, one of the most common artificial sweeteners in the market today. Swapping a soda for plain water is initially hard to do, which is why you might want to consider drinking sparkling water and adding fruit for flavor. You might even consider adding lemon to your water as it’s a great source of Vitamin C and has numerous health benefits.
Tip #3: Make Time For Yourself
Whether it involves meditating, going for a walk or reading a book, it’s important to make time for yourself. When you feel happier about yourself and spend time doing the things you enjoy, you’ll find the rest of your world feels happier too. Life is naturally busy and slowing down is by no means easy but if you make time, even if it’s 30 minutes in the morning, you’ll notice how everything else will come together.
Consult With a Doctor Today
Speaking with a doctor about the state of your health is important. We’re often unaware of our body’s needs but might have a sense that something is off. Whether it’s struggling to feel awake, having difficulty losing weight, or just not feeling like ourselves, it’s important to make time to discuss these conditions with a professional. At the Diabetes & Endocrinology Specialists of El Paso, we’ll provide you with the answers you need to improve your health. Please call to schedule an appointment today.