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This weekend, we celebrated World Health Day, a day marked to bring more awareness and conversation to the topics of global health and wellness for all. While the world definitely faces its challenges with the initiative of health for all, we can all do our part to create a healthier society by taking small steps starting with ourselves. Find out 10 ways you can improve your overall health today to live your best life.

10 Ways You Can Improve Your Overall Health Today

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or achieve optimal health, there are a handful of small steps you can take today to get yourself on track.

1. Take a walk

If you’re not a fan of exercise, or you just don’t seem to find enough time in the day to head to the gym, taking a walk as brief as 10 minutes can make a difference. Take a break during the workday to walk to your local lunch spot rather than drive, or take a stroll around your neighborhood after dinner.

2. Eat an extra fruit or vegetable

Buy a bag of apples at the start of the week, and pack an apple into your lunch bag each day to get an extra serving of fruit. You can also buy bags of mixed greens or pre-cut veggies to whip up a quick salad or dinner side for weeknights.

3. Start off breakfast right

Shop a package of oatmeal or whole grain toast and make breakfast an important part of your day. Skipping breakfast or eating something from a fast food restaurant will only hurt your health while eating something low-sugar and full of fiber will give your body the opportunity to energize itself for the day ahead.

4. Cut out the sugary drinks

Toss the soda and sugary juices. Drinking your calories will not only lead to weight gain but can lead to diseases like obesity and diabetes. If you don’t enjoy plain water, add fruit or lemon to your water for some flavor. If it’s the carbonation you love, switch to a sugar-free option like sparkling water.

5. Enjoy a handful of nuts

Nuts can be a healthy snack alternative to chips and other foods that provide a pleasant crunch. Some nuts, like walnuts, are even a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids, making them extremely beneficial to your overall health.

6. Include some seafood into your diet

Heart-healthy fish like salmon or mackerel are another abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids and are a fantastic alternative to red meat. If you’re looking to improve your health, you’ll definitely want to decrease the amount of red meat in your diet and instead swap in some lean fish.

7. Practice meditation and yoga

Just like exercise can do wonders for your physical health, meditation and yoga can do amazing things for your mental health. With modern life becoming more and more stressful, practicing some mindful meditation and yoga can be the perfect way to relieve any stress and anxiety and keep related mental disorders and other health conditions at bay.

8. Get enough sleep

Many people struggle to get an adequate amount of sleep each night. If you struggle with insomnia, try an herbal tea before bed to help you sleep. If you work late into the night, consider shutting down the laptop one hour earlier than you do right now. Getting just one hour of extra sleep during the night can make a world of a difference.

9. Practice gratitude

You may be wondering what gratitude has to do with your health, but practicing gratitude taps into positive emotions and thoughts. This kind of positivity is key to maintaining optimal emotional health and mental health. It can reduce levels of stress, and as a result, lower blood pressure levels and reduce the risk of mental health conditions such as depression.

10. Drink more water

Do you get 8 cups of water a day? If not, consider purchasing a reusable water bottle and filling it up each morning. Take the water with you to work and place it in front of you on your desk. Chances are that you will see the water and remember to drink more.

References

Harvard Health Publishing. (n.d.). 10 small steps for better heart health. Retrieved April 06, 2018, from https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/10-small-steps-for-better-heart-health
Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.