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Healthy Habits That Actually Make a Difference

By Genevieve Cunningham

Even though we all want to be healthy individuals leading healthy lifestyles, getting the job done isn't always easy. We might make a plan, start out with great intentions toward better health, and then quickly get discouraged when nothing happens. Our weight doesn't drop. We don't feel stronger. So why are we making all of these changes? If this sounds like your own life, don't give up yet. Changing your health -- and therefore your life -- isn't just about making changes. It's about making the right changes. If you're interested in turning your health and life around, take a look at these habits that actually make a difference in the long run. 

Waking Up Earlier

The early bird gets the worm. We may not like this habit, but there's no denying that it's one that really works. Waking up earlier gives us some alone time for better mental health, allows us time to eat a healthy breakfast and get some movement, and literally lowers our stress levels for the remainder of the day. If you have trouble waking up early, try stepping it back slowly. Wake up 10 minutes earlier -- and then 20 and then 30. Though it will take practice and self-discipline, the results on your health and life will be worth it. 

Limiting Caffeine

Caffeine is a lifeline. We need it. We crave it. Many can't even function without it! But caffeine comes with some downsides. Besides being addictive, caffeine also leads to dehydration, poor sleeping habits, lack of focus, and headaches. If you need a little caffeine boost in the morning, have your cup of joe or a soda. But by the time lunch rolls around, leave the caffeine out of your diet for better long-term health. 

Fasting

Fasting has been controversial over the years. Some people swear by it. Many religious groups use it regularly. And as of late, intermittent fasting is a really hot trend. But if you're simply aiming for better health, ignore the fads and the controversy. Instead, just make a schedule that allows your body to be empty for a set period of time. One of the best times is through the night. Set a cut-off time for eating, and then allow 12-14 or so hours for your body to rest and digest. And for most of that time, you'll be sleeping! Giving your body a break can help it utilize calories, recuperate regularly, and send it in a healthier direction on a daily basis. 

Being healthy isn't about making perfect decisions It's about building healthy habits. It's about doing the things that really work consistently. Use these tips to improve your health and wellness, and you'll feel better in your own skin before you know it. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Van Nuys, Calif.

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