The thought of adopting a healthier lifestyle when you’re feeling a little behind can be overwhelming. But instead of stressing about lofty health goals and end results, it always helps to think about your health goals and your wellness as a series of smaller, attainable steps. And while there are many small changes you can make to improve your health, starting slowly and not taking on too much too soon will help you make longterm lifestyle changes, as opposed to temporary switches that you’ll easily forget and ignore in no time. Once you find yourself sticking to small changes for a long period of time, you can start to introduce even more small changes to continue your growth moving forward. Over time, the buildup of those small changes can drastically improve the quality of your lifestyle. To get you started, we’ve rounded up three super simple healthy habits that you can incorporate into your day to put you on the road to healthier living.
Eat your food slower.
Eating your food slower has multiple benefits. First, it will force you to properly and thoroughly chew your food for better digestion. When you break down your food in our mouths more thoroughly, your stomach is able to extract nutrients more effectively. The more we chew, the more surface area we create for digestive enzymes to break down food, and the easier it is to process.
Plus, eating slower will allow your stomach to properly tell your brain when it’s full. It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to send signals to your brain that you should stop eating, so when you eat quickly, you have the potential to overeat, which also means taking in excess calories. Eating slower will allow your body to properly tell when it’s full, helping you control your portion sizes naturally.
Drink a big glass of water first thing in the morning.
Everybody knows that water is important. But the small task of setting out a glass of water on your night stand and drinking it first thing in the morning while you get ready for the day is more than just a good tip – it can have seriously positive effects on your health in the long run.
First, when you sleep, you’re obviously not drinking any water. So that’s eight full hours (ideally) that you’re going without hydrating. That means that your body starts the day in a state of thirst, and knocking back a glass of water will help you replenish your supply from a full night’s sleep. Drinking water first thing in the morning can also curb hunger so that you can eat a smaller or lighter breakfast, helping you keep your calories under control.
Only set one alarm every morning. (And don’t hit snooze.)
Do you set two or more alarms in the morning? Do you snooze your alarm? Well, doing these things can actually make you feel even more tired throughout the day. When you snooze and try to go back to sleep for a few minutes before actually getting up, your post-snooze sleep quality is much less beneficial to your body then the quality of deep sleep that you could have gotten if you had just set your alarm for a few minutes later.
Think about it: if you snooze for 20 minutes, you’re jumping in and out of sleep for 20 minutes every morning. But if you only set one alarm for the time when you actually need to get out of bed, you’re not disturbing your sleep too early, which will improve your sleep quality and help you wake up feeling better rested. Setting only one alarm or getting rid of the snooze button will improve your sleep and help you feel well-rested and energized each and every day.