Quick and Easy Ways to Get Healthier

March 1, 2014

Quick and Easy Ways to Get HealthierGetting healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. Taking small steps in the right direction will set a person back on the path to good health. There are quick and easy steps that can be taken to help improve a person’s general health in a relatively short period of time.

Walk More

Don’t park too close to the building. Park at the far end of the parking lot and walk the rest of the way. If a destination is less than a mile or two away, leave the car at home and walk the distance. Walking for 30 minutes three or four times a week improves cardiovascular function and is an excellent way for someone to begin to transition to more strenuous workouts.

Stretch

Stretch often. Reach the hands as far above the head as possible and then stretch from side to side. If a person has been sitting for long periods of time, stretching every 30 minutes or so will get the blood flowing again and drive away fatigue and feelings of lethargy.

Trade Fast Food for Colorful Food

When first starting out, trade a fast food meal for one with color. A chef salad or fruit bowl eliminates excess amounts of fats and adds an abundance of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Foods that are full of color are also full of nutrients. Keep trading fast foods for colorful foods and the transition to a wholesome diet will be much easier and less stressful.

Don’t Count Calories

Counting calories can be discouraging, especially if the calories are kept to a minimum and the pounds are still not coming off. Instead of counting each and every calorie, eat smaller portions. Forgo the standard three meals a day and replace them with five or six smaller meals, with the largest being consumed in the middle of the day. Eating more often helps to stabilize the blood sugar and prevents hunger pangs from influencing the decision of what to eat or how much.

Join a Sports Team

Exercising alone can be boring. Join a sports team and begin the journey to fitness as a group. Bowling, softball and volleyball leagues are always looking for new players. All skill levels are encouraged to sign up to make the playing field more even and fair for everyone. Even if little is known about the game, as long as the rules are followed, everyone has fun and gets some much needed exercise.

Stop Smoking

stop smokingStopping smoking after several years can be difficult, but the fact remains that it decreases the level of viable oxygen in the body. If a person truly wants to regain their health, smoking has got to be something they are willing to eliminate. E-cigarettes and nicotine patches offer modest benefits. Others find it easier to gradually reduce the number of cigarettes smoked each day until they no longer desire them. This can take time, depending on how many years a person smoked. Even cutting as few as five cigarettes each day can have noticeable benefits. It may take time to cut them out completely, but even small steps make a difference.

Kaitlin Gardner

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Kaitlin Gardner

Kaitlin Gardner currently lives in Pennsylvania and is married to her best friend. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking , hand with her family and friend and enjoy nature.

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