Changing your diet and lifestyle can be hard. Especially if you try to do it all at once. Starting with small changes you can achieve without much effort can help motivate you to attempt bigger changes.
For example, drinking 64-90 oz of water per day sounds like a lot if you are not used to drinking water, but drinking one glass first thing every morning is more manageable.
If you find yourself struggling with changing your diet or trying to exercise regularly, here are some small steps you could take today to get started.
Drink a tall glass of water first thing in the morning.
Most of us wake up already dehydrated because we just went 8 hours (hopefully) without eating or drinking anything. Drinking a glass of water right when you get up is a great way to help our your parched cells in the morning. Drinking water first thing in the morning can also help you get a head start on your total water intake for the day. Most people need at least 64 oz per day, but may need much moredepending on activity, sweating, and body weight and pregnancy status.
Have a fruit or vegetable at breakfast.
It’s a well known fact that most of us are not getting enough fruits and vegetables in every day. According to the CDC, only 1 in 10Americans are eating the recommended 11/2 to 2 cups fruits per day and 2-3 cups vegetables per day. Get a head start on your fruits and veggies by including at least one at breakfast. Try a green smoothie with fruits and spinach or mix some peppers and onions into your morning eggs. Short on time? Grab a piece of fruit to go with your cereal or yogurt.
Walk 1000 steps before you go to work.
It can be hard to squeeze the recommended 30-60 minutes of daily exercise in after work, especially if you have kids or have to get dinner ready as soon as you get home. Set yourself an early morning fitness challenge to get a head start on your physical activity goals. An realistic goal for many people is to walk 1000 steps first thing in the morning. It takes less than 10 minutes and will increase your energy levels by getting your heart pumping! If that’s too easy, try walking 1 mile before work or adding in 10 flights of stairs.
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