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10 Simple Changes to Improve Your Health

Posted by Living Well Team on Aug 3, 2016 2:45:26 PM

In our busy day-to-day lives, living well can be a challenge. It’s easy to fall into bad habits that can take a negative toll on your physical and mental wellbeing.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of small lifestyle changes you can adopt today that will make a big difference in your overall health. 

  1. If you can’t control what’s stressing you out—like a traffic jam—let it go. Your health will be better for it. 
  1. To reduce your risk of heart disease, watch the alcohol. Limit yourself to no more than one drink a day for women and no more than two for men. 
  1. Hold the cheese on your sandwich. Cutting 100 calories daily for a year results in a 10-pound weight loss.iStock_13560514_LARGE.jpg
  1. Identify a clear objective for a health goal, like losing weight to fit into a new dress. Once you form an emotional connection, you’ll make decisions with that goal in mind. 
  1. Set a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter, and stash unhealthy snacks in the back of the cupboard. Out of sight, out of mind.iStock_2650759_LARGE.jpg
  1. After your 50th birthday, start scheduling colorectal cancer screenings. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women. It’s highly curable if found early.
  1. If you can’t trust your willpower, ask your server to place half of your order in a takeout box—before it reaches the table. 
  1. Preserve your bedroom for bedtime. You’ll sleep better if you save watching TV and surfing the Internet for other rooms.
  1. Add some action to your couch time. Move around during TV commercials or between chapters of a book.
  1. Keep a pair of athletic shoes in your car so that you can squeeze an impromptu workout into your day.iStock_63259841_LARGE.jpg

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