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A Healthier You, One Baby Step at a Time

By Donna Stark

Living your best and creating a healthy lifestyle does not mean that you need to make drastic changes or grand New Year’s Eve resolutions. Sometimes, small is better and it’s often true that the little things matter the most. Adding small changes, or what you may think are insignificant challenges to your life, can make a big difference by year’s end. Have you ever collected your extra change in a coin jar and then were surprised to find out how much you actually collected after a few months? Well, this is similar to that. So start collecting some new behaviors today and see how big they grow for a healthier you.

Success with Baby Steps

There is never anything wrong with starting small because after a while, it can all add up to major success. Here is a list of healthy lifestyle habits that you can add to your life now, which will make this week healthier than last, and will put you on the path to greater overall wellness.

  • Wake up with a glass of water
  • Take the stairs
  • Add one or two extra vegetables to your diet each week
  • Get to bed on time
  • Add 5-10 minutes of exercise to your workout every now and then
  • Sign up for a fitness class
  • Do something during commercials instead of sitting on the couch (push-ups, squats)
  • Clear electronics from your bedroom
  • Cut out some hours of your weekly television time
  • Schedule appointments with your doctors and dentist
  • Get adjusted

The key point here is that you don't have to change everything at the same time or make any drastic changes that will be difficult to maintain. For many, the trick to living a healthy life is making small changes one at a time so that the new behaviors are manageable. This will help the new habits “stick” and can help to prevent any disappointment if it takes more than one try to establish.

Taking your time with making these changes can seem like a slow process, and more than likely, it is. But we can often better adapt to change when it isn’t played out on a massive scale. So choose what’s important to you. Decide what goals you want to achieve and work on those changes as best as you can. You may end up just as surprised as you do after sitting on the floor, counting change from your coin jar.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.

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