Change Some Habits, Change Your Life

I wanted to give you some advice on how to make healthy, good choices. I took my health for granted when I had it, and I regret that pretty much every day. So I’m going to leave you with some tips to maybe inspire you to make some changes before you are forced to make them like I was. They may not seem like a big deal to do, and that’s my whole point.

My first tip: actually see your doctor. I know health care in this country is nuts, but this is important. Get seen when you’re sick, and go back if you don’t feel better. Get a new doctor if the first doesn’t help you or dismisses your symptoms. Yes, a $50 visit to find out you have a cold sucks, but if I’d gone to the doctors when I first got sick, or returned faster when I didn’t start feeling better, I might still be rockin all my own internal organs. Do those annual checkups, too. It will help your doctor better diagnose you when are ill.

Eat better. Stop drinking so many sugary drinks and alcohol. Drink more water. You will look and feel better, and you’ll probably lose some weight. If your food has ingredients that you a) can’t pronounce and b) don’t occur in nature, stop putting it in your body. I’m not saying go into your fridge or pantry and throw everything out. But you can swap out some of the junk you eat and make better choices. Like the crunch of potato chips? Try baby carrots or celery. Make a few small changes, and then you’ll make some more. Before you know it, you’ll have a much better diet. Meet with a nutritionist if you aren’t sure what you should be eating.

Last idea: move around more. It’s not my place to tell you that you flat out have to exercise (although you should!), but start out slowly if you’re not used to it. Have an office job where you sit at a desk all day? Take a few 10 minute breaks and walk around. By the end of the day, you’ll have a half hour of walking under your belt. Not so bad, right? If that’s not something you can manage, do some cardio during commercial breaks at home – some lunges, squats, push ups, or even marching in place, would be an improvement over sitting there doing nothing! If you want to do even more, there’s other options: there are plenty of armchair-to-fitness programs out there (like couch to 5k programs). Go to your local gym, yoga studio, crossfit facility, swimming pool, anything you’re interested in.

If you only do one or two things, like swapping out whole wheat bread instead of regular white and parking farther away from the entrance in the parking lot, you will see changes. Those things might inspire you to make more changes in your life, or they’ll help you get even just a little healthier. And that’s pretty cool, isn’t it?