Whether you are a Pro athlete or a new sports lover, health habits can improve drastically your life quality and overall happiness.
In that sense, MCS selected bellow the basic strategy for successful results: Rather than set unreachable goals that are sure to leave you beating yourself up for all your healthy-lifestyle shortcomings, add in an easy new healthy habit that’s super, extra doable. Once it becomes part of your routine, build off that momentum by adding one more.
Inserting mini healthy habits can quickly add up to serious health benefits—and give you the willpower (and the well-being) to take on bigger challenges. Here are five easy things you can do every day in order to finally put health at the top of your to-do list.
Studies have shown that drinking one, two, or three additional glasses a day can have notable health benefits, including helping you reduce how much sugar and sodium you consume. And if upping your intake just a bit has you feeling more energetic (not to mention less constipated), maybe you’ll be inspired to add another glass or two—next thing you know, you’re downing a jug’s worth (without needing to lug one around).
Create a strict cutoff, and then start winding down an hour or so before so you’re in bed by that time. That means not checking work emails, not foraging the pantry for snacks, and maybe doing something relaxing like taking a hot shower. If you stay up past bedtime on a weekend night or two, nobody will ground you—just make a point of getting back on schedule come Monday. (Need an incentive? Sleep deprivation has been linked to physical health problems—including obesity, elevated cholesterol and blood pressure—and a long list of mental health conditions.)
According to new research, walking at a brisk pace for about 30 minutes can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and dementia, compared with walking a similar number of steps at a slower pace. This doesn’t need to be 30 straight minutes, researchers found; short bursts of brisk walking work too. “At these moderate levels of effort, you are able to increase your aerobic capacity,” Dr. Tamanna Singh, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, told The New York Times. In addition to the long-term health benefits, such intensity would also lower blood pressure, moderate blood sugar levels, and lower the risk for heart attacks and strokes.