Ready to make healthy changes? Don’t get overwhelmed with big goals. Discover the 5 small changes for a healthier life that can make a big impact.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Activia Probiotic Yogurt. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’m not really a resolutions type of person. Grand goals are too distant to compel me to action (“Oh I’m sure by December I’ll already [fill in the blank]”).
Huge changes also add the pressure to do all or nothing for it to be a success, where one little mistake can make me quit altogether.
Instead, I rely on small habits done often.
Sometimes we assume the only time we can change is on special occasions (a new year, a new quarter) or with grand goals (lose 30 pounds, organize the house).
But it’s actually the small habits we do on a consistent basis that makes for a healthier life. The little wins that motivate you because they’re actually doable. The best part? It’s these small changes that add up to huge wins.
5 changes for a healthier life
Don’t think of getting healthy as a huge overhaul or an overnight change. Aiming for those kinds of goals can make them feel unattainable, and besides, they’re pretty difficult to control.
Instead, focus on what you can do, every day and consistently, that will make it more likely to reach your goals.
Here are a few simple changes for a healthier life you can do:
1. Sleep 30 minutes earlier
If you’re like me, you treasure those evening hours—they’re the few moments you have to yourself after the kids have gone to bed. You squeeze in as much as you can, from chores to television and even some work.
We get so engrossed in our activities that we neglect an important part of our nights: sleep! I had many nights of pushing bedtime as late as 11pm (yup that’s late for me) even knowing I’d be miserable the next morning.
But when I started to commit to an early bedtime, my whole mood changed. Mornings were much smoother, I didn’t forget so many things, and I was able to be a better parent to my kids.
All from adjusting my bedtime by as little as 30 minutes.
2. Walk around the block during lunch
At the office, I didn’t have much time to take extended breaks. I was already on a tight schedule as it is, and I had little time to fit exercise into my day.
So I used a few minutes of my lunch to walk around the block. Whether to squeeze in a quick errand, walk with a coworker or even to catch some fresh air, I used those few minutes to power walk.
I felt much better after I got back to my desk, and I even got the sunshine and fresh air I needed after being cooped up indoors all day.
Now that I work from home, I have more flexibility but follow the same practice. I use many mornings to walk my twins to preschool, or walk or jog at our nearby trail. I’m not at the gym for two hours, but these brisk walks and jogs have become a refreshing break to my day.
3. Call, email or visit one friend a week
Our health isn’t only about our bodies—our minds and hearts need to feel nourished as well. One of the best ways to do that is by staying connected with your social circles.
I don’t have a zillion friends, just a handful of them, and all scattered throughout the country. But I have amazing friendships with each one. So much so that I can pick up a phone and jabber away as if no time has passed since we last spoke.
And I’ve done this by being intentional about connecting with them. I’ll take my friends out to lunch on their birthdays, or we’ll get together for a play date. I visit my family often. Even those I’m not near to are one phone call, email or text away.
Make it a habit to connect with at least one friend a week, from college friends, coworkers or family. You won’t feel so alone when you do.
4. Add one more home cooked meal a week
We moms get busy, and sometimes preparing a healthy meal for our families, much less ourselves, is a challenge. We rely on frozen boxed meals, takeout and delivery, or a quick trip to the restaurant to get everyone fed.
No matter how many meals you cook a week, try to add one more recipe to make at home. Home cooked meals tend to be much healthier than boxed or restaurant food because you control all the ingredients. You’re using fresh food and adding the right ingredients you need.
5. Add probiotics into your diet
I’ve been reading up on our digestive system, or our gut health. Turns out, much of our health can be impacted from our digestive system.
Your gut includes a whole system of good bacteria. But sometimes, our gut can take a hit. From the food we eat to our lifestyles, sometimes our gut could use some help.
The good news is, adding probiotics to your daily routine can help add good bacteria to your gut and help support your overall digestive health. But while many foods contain live and active cultures, not all cultures are probiotics.
Products like Activia probiotic yogurt are a good source of probiotics. In fact, Activia is dedicated to helping you get good bacteria in your gut and they’re encouraging you to take the Activia Probiotic Challenge:
By eating two daily servings of Activia for two weeks along with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, you can help reduce the frequency of minor digestive discomfort, like gas, bloating, rumbling and abdominal discomfort.
It’s all these small changes for a healthier life that make the biggest impact, after all.
For goals to be attainable, focus on the small changes that make for a better quality of life. Don’t get overwhelmed with grand goals or impossible tasks. Instead, aim for the small habits that, added up, make for the biggest impact.
Whether it’s January 1st or the middle of the year, these are the small changes you can do for a healthier life.
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