5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Health Right Now
1. Drink More Water
It’s no secret that most of us don’t drink enough water, but studies show the average American only drinks about 36% of the recommended daily intake. Being dehydrated can lead to a wide range of awful side effects, such as heart attacks, reduced metabolism, exhaustion, increased stress levels… You get the point. Drinking more water is free of charge and doesn’t take up any extra time in your day, but it can drastically improve your health.
2. Sit Up Straight
The majority of Americans spend most of their day sitting down, but is your posture bringing you down even further? Besides the obvious back and neck pain that come with poor posture, other issues such as decreased lung function. Try adjusting your computer screen to be a bit higher so you have to sit up straight to see it. Another solution is to get an alternative office chair, which you can find here.
3. Replace Processed Sugars
Do you ever find yourself craving something sweet after work or a meal? Instead of reaching for that bag of chips or ice cream, try replacing that snack with a healthy alternative like yogurt with berries or an apple and peanut butter. Replacing even just one processed item in your diet can make a tremendous change.
Tip: anytime you crave junk food, brush your teeth before going for it. Most of the time, the clean minty taste will curb your craving, but it’ll also make you think twice about reaching for that high sugar snack if you’re feeling too lazy to go brush them.
4. Stand Up or Walk Around
For those who work sedentary/desk jobs, it is recommended to get up and move around every 30 minutes. This increases blood flow, regroups focus, and lowers overall work-related stress. It is also a great step in the direction of an active lifestyle. Every little bit counts.
5. Look Away From Your Screen
For those of us who spend three or more hours a day staring at a screen, one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health is to just look away sometimes. Bright screens and unnatural light can cause headaches, eye strain, and all sorts of other issues. A great rule of thumb is the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, you should look away at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. You can even download a browser extension to remind you here.