Take a Walk
Every day for at least fifteen minutes, get outside and take a walk. Whether you're walking for the scenery, to the corner store, or to the bank, walking each day will improve circulation, aid in weight loss, and lower cholesterol.
Drink More Water
The majority of Americans go about in a state of constant dehydration, which also can result in overeating. Make sure to drink water often throughout the day; drink at least one glass at each meal, and drink between meals and snacks. If you tend to forget, invest in a reusable water bottle and keep it handy.
Sugar is the main culprit of weight gain and can cause numerous health problems, including high blood pressure and diabetes. Pay careful attention to how much sugar you eat, and reduce your sugar intake – not just be cutting back on candy and other sweets, but by ensuring that your main staples – like bread, yogurt, and other foods – don't have sugar and high fructose corn syrup added.
Limit Your Dairy
Too much dairy can raise your cholesterol, which can in turn cause high blood pressure and heart disease. Cut back on cheese and yogurt, and try dairy alternatives such as almond, soy, and coconut. When you do eat regular dairy, try to source organic and cultured options for the most health benefits.
Consume Less Caffeine
Coffee certainly has health benefits, but too much caffeine can interfere with your sleep – key to good health. Limit yourself to two cups per day if you're a coffee drinker, and try to avoid caffeine after 4pm to ensure proper rest.
Get More Sleep
Sleep boosts immune system response and cell regeneration. Get at least eight hours a night. If you suffer from insomnia, talk to your doctor about appropriate treatment.
Most people get a lot of screen time every day, between work and personal communication. Spend a few hours each day away from all screens – laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Go for a walk, read, craft something – anything that gets you away from screened devices.
Do Some Yoga
Yoga can help reduce the body's stress response and tone and define muscles. An effective aid for weight loss, try taking a class or investing in a few at-home videos.
Eat More Fruit
Fruit is rich in fiber and nutrients, and it can also alleviate sugar cravings if you're trying to reduce sugar. The next time you crave sweets, reach for some of “nature's candy” instead – grapes, bananas, berries, or pears.
Increase Fiber Intake
High fiber intake improves digestive tract performance and aids in weight loss. Increase your fiber intake by eating oats, beans, fruit, nuts, and vegetables.
Each of these habits over time will result in a healthier body and mind. By taking on some of these habits, you'll help improve your health for months and years to come.