Forward from Jill: In times of World Health Crisis we can’t undo the bad habits we have lived by over the years, but we can start to make healthy change today, and know that every effort counts!
The first step on any journey is always the hardest — and if you’re trying to get fit and healthy, that first step can feel like a huge one. But you can crush that first step by making small changes to your lifestyle, starting with everyday behaviors.
“Being aware of your habits — and rethinking those habits — can help you curb the worst of your behaviors,” explains Susan Blum, M.D., assistant clinical professor of preventive medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York City, and author of “The Immune System Recovery Plan.”
Sometimes, it’s those small — yet consistent — changes that have the biggest bang for your buck.
Here are eight simple lifestyle tweaks that can help boost your health, fitness, and energy.
1. Get More Sleep
“The very first place to start is a good night’s sleep,” says Jarrod Spencer, Psy.D., sports psychologist at Mind of the Athlete in Bethlehem, PA.
But anyone who has spent the night (or nights) counting sheep, staring at the ceiling, or tossing and turning knows that it’s easier said than done. Before you turn to over-the-counter sleep aids, set yourself up for sleep success by optimizing your bedroom — like using light dimmers so you can adjust the level of lighting, getting the right pillow, and investing in a sound machine.
Getting enough sleep can impact your mood, mental clarity, your ability to lose weight, energy levels, and more, so it’s important to try to get enough sleep under your belt every night.