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All Well and Good

Keeping full of life can simply mean a better approach to your daily routine. Here are six ways to help you look and feel great, and keep your heart and mind healthier too.

You want to be healthier, right? But try as you might, it always seems like something is standing in your way. Time and money are two of the largest obstacles, and you may think it’s impossible to improve your health without a significant amount of time or financial outlay.

However, the good news is that this need not be the case. Even the smallest changes can have a significant impact on your health, and you can start improving your well-being today with these six simple steps.

Get on your feet while so many others are taking a seat. Did you know that the average person sits for about 13 hours a day? Whether eating, working, driving or relaxing, that’s a lot of sitting. Stand up for your health by resolving to get up at least once an hour. Walk to the bathroom, the water fountain or walk to where your colleague is to ask your question in person instead of via email. You’ll be healthier for it. 

Effective exercise can happen without the gym membership. Running in place, burpees, jumping jacks and shadow boxing; you can do them all. And remember that just 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week can dramatically reduce your own risk of diabetes. 

You brush your teeth twice a day but how often do you floss? If you’re like 80 percent of surveyed adults, you don’t, and that can increase your risk of heart disease. A good oral hygiene habit includes flossing so add this simple task to your daily regime. 

Don’t underestimate the importance of rest. Getting a good night’s sleep helps you function better during the day but it can also reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. But what do you do on those days when getting a good night’s sleep isn’t possible? Take a nap, as even a 30-minute nap can leave you feeling rested and ultimately support your health. 

Put less food on your plate. Over the past 20 years, the average portion size has doubled and, unsurprisingly, 65 percent of Americans are now classified as obese. Reversing this trend starts with reversing portion sizes. To take smaller portions, start by using smaller plates. Your brain will feel as though you have taken a full plate of food but you’ll consume fewer calories.

Show the world your most confident pose. Stress is often a part of daily life. Whether it’s stress caused by work, home or financial reasons, this stress can also have a negative impact on your health by raising your blood pressure and weakening your immune system. Combat stress by power posing to increase your confidence. Just two minutes of this technique can increase your confidence by 20 percent.

Managing your health takes commitment but the job isn’t too big for anyone. It starts with making savvy, healthy decisions every single day, including the tips above. To be inspired and see the benefit of taking small steps for your health, check out more videos at livefearlessnation.com and share with those you love.   – BPT