When trying to improve our overall health, even the smallest of changes can have a huge impact over time. These little adjustments we make to our lifestyle may not seem to have an immediate impact on our health, when in fact they are proven to do so over a longer period of time.
Many of these “hacks” or “tricks” are pretty simple techniques yet they are things that many people haven’t thought of, and thus aren’t able to take advantage. Here are some simple switches you can make to your routine and lifestyle that will really improve your health.
Go Food Shopping Online
This doesn’t sound like it will make that much of a difference, but our diets can vary greatly depending on what we have available to us. It really is that simple. Ordering online can help you avoid a lot of impulse shopping that you would otherwise do at the store.
A bag of chips, box of cookies or bottle of soda is very enticing in person because your brain knows that you can consume these items as soon as you walk out the door-instant gratification.
Online however you don’t have immediate access to these foods, so for example if you are online shopping and all of a sudden get a craving for ice cream, you aren’t going to be as apt to buying it. Again this has to do with our brains and knowing that we can’t consume the ice cream immediately, reducing our inclination to buy it.
Learn How to Better Manage Your Stress
Stress is another thing that can have a huge impact on our health, affecting virtually every system throughout the body. On top of that as we are all aware of, the causes of stress are very diverse themselves.
Learning how to better manage our stress can help to improve not only just our mental health, but it will translate in to better physical health as well.
One of the best ways to relieve stress is through exercise, and with it comes many other added benefits as well. Strength training and endurance training are both excellent ways to relieve stress, however exercise isn’t an option for everyone.
If you are someone who suffers from a serious health condition such as a cardiovascular problem that prevents you from doing exercise, there are other options out there for you as far as stress relief is concerned. One very effective method in reducing stress is meditation, which can be performed by virtually anyone.
Carry Your Own Snacks
We can have complete and utter control over our own dietary habits, however if the feeling isn’t mutual at the office, it can be a place where you can absolutely ruin your diet, and pack on a decent amount of weight.
If you work in an office that always has plenty of chips, cookies, or other unhealthy snacks lying around, try bringing your own to work.
Lets’ face it, trying to avoid eating these snacks without any help simply isn’t going to work, and will inevitably end with you gorging on a bag of junk on a daily basis. The best option here is to fill yourself up with some healthier alternatives instead, which you can bring.
Try to always carry around a bag of sunflower or pumpkin seeds which may not seem like much, but are really calorie rich and rich in fiber too. Fiber and calories is what is going to fill you up and keep you full, preventing you from grabbing whatever unhealthy foods are lying around the office.
Eat a Lighter Breakfast
Many of us are too entrenched in the idea that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and thus end up overeating in the morning, and these foods usually consist of high calorie, greasy foods such as egg sandwiches.
Eating foods like this to start off your day isn’t the greatest idea unless you are looking to be sluggish and feeling lethargic all morning.
Instead of grabbing a huge meal, try sticking to something smaller that will also give you the energy you need to get through the day. Next time try a bowl of oatmeal with some flax seed and berries for a lighter, healthier meal.
Doing this will make you feel better in the morning, while also providing what you need to get to lunch.