The alarm goes off and the hustle and bustle of the day completely takes over as we take that first step out of bed. In our fast-paced world, most people are trying to do more in less time. We want to be healthy and fit with all these wonderful goals in mind and complete them in record time. The current physical activity recommendations state that adults should do at least 30 minutes of activity at least 5 days a week. Many of us juggle work, kids, extracurricular activities and social time; that extra 30 minutes nestled into our day is surprisingly difficult and can be stressful when we don’t complete that goal. Don’t fret, there is good news!
New research suggests that we can make subtle changes in our lives that will have lasting benefits with little time investment.
Easier said that done right? I’m the first to want to eat my kids leftover treats off their plates. It’s a challenge to pass something up when it’s laying right in front of you. A recent study suggests that a 15 minute walk can curb cravings. So instead of grabbing that sweet treat, get out, grab a friend or your ear pods and take a walk.
Spending just a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace. The best part- it’s simple, inexpensive and doesn’t require equipment. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and can also help you deal with symptoms of medical conditions.
Drink water in the morning
Before your cup of joe! This can help get your metabolism going and wake you up. Your body is in elimination mode in the morning and drinking water kick-starts your body’s functions.
Stick to a sleep schedule
Try to limit late night television watching and let your body settle without stimulation. Read a book, write in a journal or jot a note or two down about the next day.
Even the busiest among us can find a few minutes a day to make a change. Just a few minutes of healthier living can add years to your life.