Improving your health doesn't have to involve drastic, overnight changes. Little changes in your life can make a big difference. They can also lead to more healthy changes as you start to notice a difference in the way you feel.
Trying to make too many changes at once can sabotage your efforts and cause you to give up too quickly. Start with these simple changes and see how you feel after a couple of weeks.
1. Replace Sugary Drinks With Water - You don't have to drink plan water anymore. If you are drinking soda for the bubbly carbonation, you can always use a Sodastream to make carbonated water. You can add a little fruit juice to make a low calorie drink that is actually good for you.
You can also infuse plain water with strawberries, mint or cucumbers by thinly slicing the fruit or veggies and letting them sit in the water for 5 to 10 minutes.
2. Exercise During Commercial Breaks - If the last thing on your mind when you get home is working out, try to break it up. When you are watching TV, the commercial breaks are usually around 3 minutes long. Try running in place, doing some sit-up, push-ups, bicep or triceps curls. Do a different workout during each commercial break. The more you workout, the more energized you will feel.
3. Replace Butter and Mayo With Avocado - Avocado is loaded with healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Just 1/4 of an avocado has 5% of your recommend value of omega-3 and 8% of your recommend value of omega-6. Try replacing the butter on your toast or the mayo on your sandwich with healthy avocado.
4. Swap Your Usual Breakfast For a Green Smoothie - Green smoothies are great for people that have time for breakfast and for people on the go. You can make them the night before and store them in the refrigerator if you don't have time in the morning.
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5. Replace Microwavable Meals With Crock Pot Meals - If you are eating a microwavable meal, it's because you don't have time to cook something. Whether it's at work or at home, time is usually an issue. Instead of zapping that unhealthy meal that is loaded with sodium and processed, unhealthy ingredients, try getting out the crock pot and slow cooking a large batch of meals to have throughout the coming week.
You can make a large batch and freeze individual portion sizes for easy, convenient meals. If you are worried about leaving the crock pot on during the day, you can cook your meals overnight or on the weekend when you are home.
You don't have to make several changes at once, but making a few changes every couple of weeks will make a big difference in the long run.