When it comes to getting healthy, many of us believe that we must make big, sweeping changes in order to see results. This could explain why so many of us commit ourselves to extensive workout regimens early on in the year, only to watch them fade away from our lives by mid-February.
Yet, time and time again, health experts say that the smallest steps can help you transform your life day by day, until several months from now, you’re in a much better place than you were when you started! Below are a few of these small steps, which you can start today and will help guide you to a healthier state by the end of 2021.
Take the stairs when you can.
Yes, the elevator is ultra-convenient when you have a bunch of groceries on your armor when you’re so tired, you simply can’t wait another minute to reach your apartment’s front door. But, taking the stairs more often can go a long way in improving cardiovascular health – even if you just take one flight every day. Better yet, taking the stairs can encourage you to find more ways to move, kicking your formerly sedentary lifestyle to the curb.
Go to bed one minute earlier each night.
You might not think that a bedtime of one minute earlier will do much good for your sleep schedule – but, in fact, it will! Going to bed one minute earlier every night for two months will grant you a whole extra hour of sleep, which will go far in boosting your mood, memory, and more. If that isn’t enough to convince you to get to bed earlier, consider that people who are sleep deprived face a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart problems, and even a higher likelihood of car accidents.
Stand up and move every 20 minutes.
Did you know that standing up from your desk, couch, or chair every 20 minutes or so can actually prolong your life? According to one study, women who logged six hours of sitting time during their non-working hours were 37 percent more likely to die earlier than peers who sat for just three hours over the course of a day (outside of work). As for men, sedentary men are 18 percent more likely to die earlier than their more active peers. So, get up and move – your longevity depends on it!
It’s always fun to learn something new! At Firewheel Town Village Apartments in Garland, Texas, we love to provide you with fun, thought-provoking tidbits that will make you reflect on different aspects of life.