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9 Simple Ways to Improve Health in 2019
Take advantage of your New Year motivation and begin to practice simple habits to improve your health in 2019. When your mind tempts you to skip a step, remind yourself how easy these are and why you are taking responsibility for a better you this year. And if you are prone to making excuses, don’t miss #6!
WASH THOSE HANDS!
How’s this for a simple start? Health experts claim that frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap can reduce the spread of illness by up to 58%. That means fewer absences from school or work, which improves mood and reduces financial stress.
REORGANIZE THE REFRIGERATOR.
Give your fridge a simple makeover. Place healthy foods like yogurt, fruit, and salads at eye level, and toss the junk. You can slowly train your body to pick snacks packed with nutrients, without even thinking about it!
SIT UP STRAIGHT.
In your car, at a computer or during a meal, take a second to correct your posture. Sitting with good posture helps to prevent damage to your joints and muscles. It also helps with circulation, digestion and even mood! Studies have found sitting up helps us focus on positive memories or thoughts.
FLEX THOSE MUSCLES.
Add a quick 5-minute stretch to your morning. Nothing extraordinary! You’ll be surprised how it helps to energize the mind and body. You can also throw in a simple muscle workout using a hardcover book or gallon of water.
WAKE UP 30 MINUTES EARLIER.
Or start with 15 minutes. Especially if your household gets crazy in the morning. Take the extra time to enjoy your cup of coffee or a book, and finish waking up before the chaos starts.
LIST YOUR EXCUSES.
Name every reason that you can come up with why you can’t live a healthier lifestyle. Don’t stop there – examine each one and look for solutions to each one. You’ll soon see that excuses like “no time” or “too expensive” aren’t really true.
EXERCISE YOUR MIND.
Add some mentally challenging activities to your day, such as a daily puzzle or even eating with a different hand! It doesn’t have to be hard. Keeping your brain active and fit is part of a healthy body.
PARK A LITTLE FARTHER AND WALK.
And use the stairs! Find little ways to add a few extra steps to your day. They can add up to make a big impact.
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