5 Small Steps Toward a Healthier Lifestyle

5 Small Steps Toward a Healthier Lifestyle

Make this next year your healthiest one yet with these five easy tips.

By: Madeline Glasser

Grandiose promises and resolutions are requisite parts of the new year, but we often come up short in seeing them through. Rather than make a long list of big life changes, why not start with the basics? Keeping things simple allows you to focus better, giving you a higher chance of successfully following through.

Here are five simple things you can do to help make this new year your healthiest year yet. As always, be sure to consult your doctor before making changes to your daily routine.

1. Move a Little More
Starting an exercise routine usually tops the resolutions list for many people; however, actually doing it can be daunting. Start off by making a goal to move a little bit more every day.

At work, you can take the stairs instead of the elevator — especially if it’s only a flight or two. When you’re going to the store, park in a spot that’s a little farther away from the entrance so you walk that much more. At home, you can sneak in a plank while watching TV at the end of the day. Yes, they may seem like little things, but all of these slight changes add up to help you live a healthier life.

2. Hydrate Right
Drinking enough water is an important aspect of overall health, yet many people struggle with staying properly hydrated. (Of course, talk your doctor before making any significant changes to your water intake.)

Set a reminder alarm on your cell phone or pre-fill water bottles for your target intake amount each day. If you get bored with plain water, add some fruit to give it a little bit of flavor!


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3. Properly Fuel Your Body
Being overly restrictive in your eating habits is one of the quickest ways to fail. Instead, make small changes to your current diet to see long-term success. Find yourself frequently eating out for lunch? Plan to pack your lunch most days of the week, leaving yourself one day free to eat out. Not only will you save money, but you can also make sure you’re making a healthy lunch choice.

Try to stay away from processed foods and instead load up on fruits and veggies while also understanding that healthy living comes with a bit of indulgence, too. It’s totally fine to have a cupcake at a birthday celebration every once in awhile!

4. Make Me-time (Whether You Think You Need it or Not)
Between a busy work schedule and jam-packed family time, it can be hard to find the hours to treat yourself. Make sure to take some time to indulge in something that makes you truly happy. Whatever you enjoy doing, make sure you commit some of your time toward it, even if it’s only 10 minutes a day. Feeling happy is a great indicator of living a healthy lifestyle.

5. Stay up-to-Date on Doctor Appointments
Many people forget that having an annual checkup is an important part of living a healthy life. Schedule your annual appointments at the beginning of the year when it’s fresh in your mind and you’re sure to get it done. This is also a good time to make sure you’ve made dentist appointments for cleanings as well.

These small changes will become habits soon enough, bringing the results you want to see. Feel free to build on them if you’re not feeling challenged, and remember to take great care of yourself this year!

Madeline is the author of the Food, Fitness, and Family blog where she writes about yummy eats, sweaty workouts and life as a family of three — soon to be four! She is an Army wife dedicated to finding balance between kale and cake pops while raising her growing family.

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