Sunday, May 31, 2009

Small steps=lifestyle change

Sometimes it's the little things we do in our every day life that are the easiest to change. When trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle, I always recommend making small changes to your every day habits. Over time, they become habit, thus your new lifestyle. Here are a few things you can start with...okay, well, maybe a lot of things!! Just find a couple that works for you:

  • Walk to work
  • Walk during your lunch break
  • Walk instead of drive whenever you can
  • Take a family walk after dinner
  • Mow the lawn with a push mower
  • Walk your dog
  • Replace Sunday drive with a Sunday walk
  • Get off the bus one stop early and walk.
  • Wash the car by hand.
  • Run or walk fast when doing errands around the house.
  • Pace the sidelines at your kids' athletic games.
  • Walk to a co-workers desk instead of phoning or emailing.
  • Make time in your day for physical activity.
  • Talk a walk break instead of a coffee break.
  • Perform gardening or easy to do home repair activities.
  • Bring your groceries from the car in the house one bag at a time.
  • Play with you kids at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Dance to music.
  • Walk briskly in the mall.
  • Take the long way to the water cooler or break room.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
  • Drink water before a meal.
  • Snack on fruits and vegetables instead of chips and cookies.
  • Do crunches, push-up or hand weights while watching TV.
  • Keep a comfortable pair of walking shoes in your car or office.
  • Stretch before bed to give you more energy in the morning.
  • Grill, steam or bake instead of frying.

Okay, I have more, but I think you get the picture.

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