Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way: there’s no silver bullet to magically make yourself a beacon of health and wellness, as much as we wish there was (although we’d be quick to argue that water is probably your best bet for overall health – but we’ll get to that later).
That said, there are several quick, relatively painless things you can do to improve your health. Make these four things a habit, and you’ll be well on your way to a six-pack and a flawless immune system (okay, not literally – but you will improve your health at least a little bit).
Yes, right now. We mean it. Walk away from your desk if you’re sitting, take a lap around the block, or go check and see if anything else has magically appeared in the fridge since the last time you checked (odds are low, but you never know). The small amount of exercise will boost your mood and your mental productivity, making it a better use of your time at the office than mindlessly scrolling through Facebook for a few minutes. Being sedentary for long periods of time can contribute to risk factors for cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer, so get up offa that thing and take a hike, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes and doesn’t require you to carry your gym water bottle. We’ll wait.
Go To Bed 15 Minutes Earlier
Chances are you’re not getting enough sleep (adults typically need 7-9 hours per night), and we get it. Your to-do list is never-ending, and there’s always one more load of laundry waiting to be folded or one more e-mail needing to be answered. However, getting enough sleep is crucial to staying mentally sharp, feeling energetic, and avoiding mood swings (remember how grumpy your toddler gets when he’s overly tired? Yeah, same thing applies to adults).
Instead of making grand gestures of going to bed by 9pm, start small by going to bed just 15 minutes earlier each night for a week. Think you can’t even handle that? Try skipping the pre-bed social media check on your phone (yeah, we know you do it). Cutting out the blue light from your phone will make it easier for you to fall asleep, and guess what? The internet will still be there in the morning.
Add a Fruit to Your Day
Sure, it’s recommended to get four servings of fruit per day, but this post is all about easy – and it’s pretty easy to add one more fruit to your daily diet. It can be a banana with breakfast, an apple and peanut butter as a snack, or a handful of grapes on top of your salad. Choose your own fruit adventure! Most fruits are naturally low in sodium, calories, and fat, and fruits tend to be easy to take on-the-go, perfect for your busy lifestyle. Plus, a lot of fruits have a high water content to help you stay hydrated all day.
Drink a Glass of Water before Every Meal
How do we love water? Let us count the ways. Drinking water helps keep wrinkles at bay, increases your metabolism, and keeps everything running smoothly in your body.
Plus, water has been shown to suppress appetite, so drinking a glass of water before every meal kills two birds with one stone. First, it helps prevent you from overeating by curbing your appetite a little bit before the main event. Second, drinking a glass of water at every meal is an easy habit to instill that keeps you hydrated all day. Before long, you’ll automatically reach for your big water bottle with every meal, making staying hydrated a no-brainer.
What are some of your tried-and-true “get healthy” hacks? We’re always on the lookout for ways to stay happy, healthy, and hydrated, so let us know in the comments!Back to Blog Home