Here are 3 quick, easy, tips you can use to improve your health
Drink more water! This is probably the most common piece of advice out there and often seems too good to be true, but there are numerous benefits to drinking water. You should aim for 2L/day, but if you're someone who doesn't drink much water this will be too much, too soon. Try to replace other beverages with water (starting with one swap each day). Baby steps is key! I find having a fun/pretty bottle which I only use for water helps. My current vessel is 30oz and I aim to fill it up 3-4 times each day. And I always fill it up before bed, so it's ready to go in the morning. This ensures I drink water before anything else.
ZZZZZZZZZ.... sleep!!! Poor sleep quality affects our day to day lives more than we realize. It's a huge stressor on the body. So if you find yourself lacking motivation, over-eating (especially sugary foods), and rely on caffeine to get you through the day there's a pretty good chance your sleep quality is not optimal. Take a few days and really pay attention to your sleep schedule. Write down your bed time and wake time (bed time does not include the hour you mindlessly scroll on your phone). Make notes about any times you woke up during the night and how you felt upon waking. Use this information to see where you can change things to help improve your sleep. This may include not drinking coffee past 2pm, trying to get ready for bed an hour earlier, read a book instead of watching TV or scrolling social media, or eliminating that after work power nap.
Move!! Go for a walk! Ride your bike! Take a YouTube fitness class! Chase after your kids or dog in the yard! Just get going! Movement is medicine. It doesn't have to be anything crazy (at least not yet). We are not meant to sit or lay around all day. Commit to some form of movement every day. And if every day feels like too much- that's ok!! What can you commit to? Can you without a doubt go on one walk a week? Do that! I always suggest walking, especially if someone is starting from being totally sedentary. It is typically the easiest form of exercise for everyone to do. If weather or location are an issue you could try going to a local mall, grocery store, or target and walk some laps! Some towns even have meet-ups at schools and other larger locations for walking.
Most importantly- don't over complicate things! Change is hard and scary. Trying to do too much, too soon only sets you up for failure. The best thing you're doing for yourself if you're here is that you've made an effort to TRY and learn. How are you doing with the three things I listed above? I'd love to hear all about it!