Small changes can make a big difference. If you make little changes to your diet, habits, and lifestyle, you’ll see results. The results won’t be as extreme as if you were to try a fad diet, but they’ll be sustainable. Fad diets and extreme weight-loss plans aren’t successful because as soon as you finish, you go back to your old habits. The only way to see real, long-lasting effects in your weight and your health is to change your lifestyle. Don’t worry – you don’t have to change your whole lifestyle. Start small. When you make a few small changes, you’ll feel healthier and be inspired to make more small changes. Here are 10 easy tips to improve your health in under 10 minutes. Try them out, and see how it feels to do something good for your health and your body.
1. Wake up at the same time every day
Sleep is crucial for good health. A good night’s sleep can stop late-night snacking and give you the energy for a morning workout. It also does wonders for your immune system. One of the best ways to ensure good sleep is to have a set bedtime and a wake-up time. Set your alarm for the same time every morning (including the weekend!). You’ll start to feel tired around the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning feeling rested, refreshed, and energized.
2. Eat breakfast
Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. It jumpstarts your metabolism and keeps you from overeating during lunch and craving sugary snacks. We have tons of great breakfast recipes, including 15 high-protein breakfasts for getting fit, 13 low-calorie breakfasts to help you lose weight, and 11 quick breakfasts for busy mornings.
3. Carry a water bottle
Hydration is so, so important. When you’re properly hydrated, your metabolism, immune system, and digestive system all work their best. Carry a water bottle everywhere you go – work, the gym, grocery store – to remind yourself to drink water. A water bottle also makes it easy to see how much you’re drinking, making it possible to get the recommended eight glasses a day.
4. Pack your lunch
Takeout and prepared meals often contain hidden sugar, sodium, fat, and calories. Cut down on the amount of processed food by making at least one meal a day. Don’t think you can pack lunch in under 10 minutes? Think again! Check out these 10 10-minute lunches and these 6 scrumptious lunches in 5 minutes.
5. Use smaller plates
Portion control is key, and it becomes easier when you use salad-sized plates and bowls. You’ll be less tempted to keep adding food to your plate just to fill it, since a single serving will fill the whole plate nicely.
6. Have a vegetable with every meal
Your mom was right when she told you to eat your veggies! Vegetables are rich in fiber, which helps regulate your blood sugar and keep you full, and give you the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy. Have at least one serving of veggies with every meal, and eat that before you eat anything else on your plate. Try an easy veggie roast, slow cooker balsamic Brussels sprouts, 3-ingredient smashed sweet potatoes, or sautéed beets & greens.
7. Cut out one sugary drink
You probably know that sugar is bad for you, but it’s addictive, which makes it hard to give up. Start by cutting out one sugary drink from your daily routine. It could be soda, juice, sweetened iced tea, or a sugary cocktail. After a week or two, cut out a second one. Eventually, cut out all sugary drinks from your diet. If you get bored with water, spice things up by trying one of these 3 delicious cleanse & detox waters.
8. Park farther away
A little extra walking goes a long way. It’s great for your cardiovascular health, your energy levels, and your mood. Park a few blocks away from work or the grocery store to sneak in some exercise.Getting a pedometer or fitness tracker can motivate you to sneak in even more walking. Check out the best fitness trackers of 2016.
9. Take the stairs
Skip the elevator and take the stairs instead. You’ll get your heart working, strengthen your leg muscles, and feel stronger and healthier.
10. Pace while on the phone
Another great way to move more is to pace while you’re talking on the phone. If you have a 15-minute conversation, you’ll get 15 minutes of light cardio, which is great for your physical and mental health.
Put these 10 easy tips to the test and let us know how they work for you in the comments down below!
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