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I think March is that month where all of our New Year’s resolutions really begin to fumble. The weather is warming and the time has changed, so we’re more likely to be grabbing beers at an outdoor bar after work than hitting the gym or cooking a healthy meal. I know that my previous promise to workout three times a week has fallen a bit by the wayside (Reg and I just went to the Y for the first time this month…).
So instead of giant goals, I wanted to share some smaller, more bite-sized healthy habits that you can build. This isn’t the hour long yoga class or fifteen pounds or a giant spending freeze. It’s the little stuff you can do in five minutes or less, so there’s really no excuse to skip it.
1. Floss Every Night
I’m usually pretty good about brushing, but once the two minutes on my electric toothbrush are up, I’m usually too impatient to stop and floss. My compromise is keeping a roll right next to my bed and taking 30 second to floss while Reg and I watch a show before bed. My dentist said that this is the #1 thing young people should be doing to avoid gum disease and bad breath.
2. Drink a Glass of Water Before Every Meal
In America, we commonly mistake the feeling of dehydration and thirst for the feeling of hunger. Before I scarf down a burger or a bowl of pasta, I make a point to drink a giant glass of water. It helps me feel a little more full and less likely to eat more than I should (or reach for a dessert menu). I can’t recommend my SodaStream enough for making a glass of water feel more like a treat.
3. Add Veggies Everywhere You Can
I’m probably not going to be curbing my obsession with homemade pizza anytime soon, but instead of making lofty promises about dieting, I instead try and find as many ways to sneak in veggies as possible. I throw kale, bell peppers, and broccoli on top of my pie instead of extra cheese and sausage, and add similar ingredients to my scrambled eggs, pasta sauce, and soups.
4. Don’t Drive When You Can Walk or Bike
Dogs are are awesome for many reasons, one of which is they force you to look for opportunities for strolls. But even if you’re pet-free, start skipping the vehicle when the grocery store or coffee shop is close by and walk or bike instead. Doing this even a couple of times a week can help you get your heart racing and some much needed sunshine. I don’t know if this takes exactly five minutes, but I’m pretty sure the 15 minute walk to the grocery store is only about 5 minutes shorter when I drive the car.
5. Take Daily Vitamins and Supplements
Daily vitamins are an easy way to help your body fill the gaps for what it’s not getting from your regular diet. With just a bit of research, you can figure out what are the best supplements for your body, based on your nutrition requirements and what you’d like to see improvement on, like hair and skin. I’ve taken Nature Made Fish Oil for years (even my dog takes them!), but I recently added their Super B-Complex supplement to my daily routine as well.
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