I remember an article I read that Doctor Oz wrote in the NJ Monthly. A section of his article was entitled, “Small Steps, Big Improvement” and it was a list of five simple things he suggested that will improve our health:
- Walk 10,000 steps every day
Sounds like a lot right? Well it is – 10,000 steps is equivalent to 5 miles. That is definitely a distance anyone would have to work towards, but doable at the same time. Try adding in those extra steps throughout the day by taking the stairs instead of the elevator and parking your car a few parking spaces farther from the store.
- Don’t eat after 8pm
It is easy to snack at night time, but you want to give your body time to digest. You don’t want to feel sluggish the next morning – you want to feel energized. Snack cravings last for about 15 minutes, so to curb those cravings, drink water, read a book or put teeth whitening strips on.
- Cut out soda
Self explanatory. Soda is pure sugar and has no beneficial nutrients. Why reach for soda when water is nearby?
- Check your weight every day
I used to think this was a bit obsessive, but when you think about it, checking your weight every day is actually a very good idea. It allows you to track yourself, so if you happen to gain a few pounds, you can think about what you did wrong and fix it before those few pounds turn into more.
- Set a goal of losing just ten pounds
It doesn’t have to be exactly ten pounds, but setting any goal is the first step to getting healthy. Even if it is just 5 pounds, give yourself a reasonable number to shoot for and remember that slow and steady wins the race.
“The greatest wealth is health” – author unknown