12 May Simple Lifestyle Changes You Can Be Making Right Now
More people than ever are attempting to adjust to the “new normal” that has started since the COVID-19 pandemic has begun. It has been increasingly difficult for many people to get into a healthy routine since these changes began and as people are looking to adapt to a new way of working and living.
However, getting healthy and being healthy during these times isn’t necessarily that complex, and it doesn’t involve a complete overhaul of your life. There are several simple and easy lifestyle changes that you can make now that will only help you lead a healthier life moving forward.
- Learn to read nutrition labels. This doesn’t mean just looking for the fat and calories, but actually reading them. Now that you are spending more time eating at home, make sure you know what you are actually eating when you grab that bag of chips. The FDA has a great guide online that makes it super simple.
- Go for more walks. Whether you are walking your dog, walking to the grocery store, or walking for fun—add 30 minutes of walking to your schedule every day. The benefits can amaze you. Walking is an excellent form of exercise; it can help you get some vitamin D and fresh air and is a great way to help with stress and anxiety.
- Stop looking at technology before bed. Watching TV or looking at your phone before you go to bed may be a common habit, but it is one that may be preventing you from getting the rest you need. Most people need between 7-9 hours of sleep per night but aren’t getting it. Cutting out the blue light for 30 minutes before going to sleep is an easy way to start making sleep more of a reality.
- Drink a glass of water in the morning and before bed. The average person doesn’t drink enough water. And while most people know that they need eight glasses of water per day, most people aren’t even close. Starting and ending the day with a glass of water is an easy way to help you stay on task for your daily hydration goals—and it is an easy time to remember!
- Write down what you eat. This is great both for people who need to eat more and eat less. When we are off of our regular routines, it can be easy to forget about eating healthy, balanced meals. Get in the habit of keeping track of what you’re eating during the day to make sure you’re getting plenty of fruits and vegetables, that you’re getting enough nutrients and that you aren’t overeating junk food.
Here at Continuum Internal Medicine, we know that many people are struggling to stay as healthy as possible right now as they deal with the unprecedented changes brought on by the Coronavirus. The good news is, even if you are off of your everyday schedule. If you have questions about diet, exercise, or other healthy habits, make sure to make an appointment with us today by calling 817-617-8650, we are here to help in any way that we can!