Start Today: 3 Easy Strategies for Overall Health
Inside - Actionable health strategies that you can easily incorporate into your everyday routine to help you set goals for better overall health.
This early in the year, it’s important to get your goals for the rest of the year in order, and that often includes health strategies that you can easily incorporate into your everyday routine.
After all, the best kind of health strategy is one that you don’t have to think too much because our brains are wired to latch onto the things we determine simple and easy and eschew the things that may require more thought or effort.
Therefore, incorporating healthy activities and food regimens into your routine shouldn’t be an onerous undertaking.
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Now, let’s take a look at a few ways you can get your health game right while not necessarily reinventing the wheel — in other words, some easy things you can do right now to improve your chances of meeting your goals in 2021.
Create a meal plan that’s good for gut health
The word “diet” is sometimes a bad one, especially because it connotes a fad of some kind, something that will be given up on easily.
But when you form healthy habits, you’re adopting more than a diet; you’re creating a meal plan that you can easily follow that isn’t too restrictive.
This kind of easy-to-adopt meal plan can help promote head-to-toe wellness for several reasons. For one, the things you consume absolutely have everything to do with all parts of your body.
Whatever you’re cooking, make sure it’s easy and that it incorporates more vegetables, as fiber is great for your overall well-being.
Create your sanctuary
A common goal is to establish a better relationship with your own mental wellness, and living in an environment that promotes mental wellbeing is part of that.
You should create a sanctuary in your home — a fresh, vibrant space that doesn’t allow negativity and only exudes peace and comfort.
There is ample research surrounding the impact of clutter on your stress levels (hint: not good) and having a clean space to return to after a hard day of work can work wonders on both your mental and physical health.
Declutter, clean, and let in the fresh air. You deserve this kind of radically empowering space.
Create a physical fitness routine
We could all use more activity in our lives, especially thanks to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and closures of the gyms.
Creating an easy-to-follow routine can be beneficial for your physical health because it will help you get in shape. Not to mention there are mental health benefits of exercising, too.
Studies have shown that people who exercise report fewer instances of depression and elevated moods.
To give your workout a boost, you should use fitness apps like MyFitnessPal or Fitbit to really dial in on the metrics of the routine. If your phone has a hard time running apps like these, you may need to upgrade to a newer model. Some wireless providers offer seasonal sales and coupons so you don’t need to break the bank to get a device that will help you get the most out of your workouts.
Creating your meal plan, sanctuary, and fitness regimen are tried-and-true ways to make sure you are staying well and healthy as we move through the rest of this year.
Start small and make incremental changes, and you will soon be enjoying the benefits of this overall health plan.
For more information about proven health strategies and more ways to improve your health, consult with Anshul Gupta, M.D.