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Improve Your Health by Changing These Habits

By Virginia Laird

This is the season where improving overall health is on the mind of most people across the nation. The first step to improving your health is identifying the habits in your life which need to change. Some of these changes may not be easy to make, but the end result will make it well worth the struggle. A few of the habits to evaluate include:

  • Stop smoking
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Consider a brisk walk

Stop Smoking

One sure way to improve your health is to commit to stop smoking. This can be a difficult habit to drop, but the benefits make it well worth the struggle. If this is something you are ready to try, there are several options, including:

  • Quit cold turkey - This would require you (if you have the willpower) to simply put down the cigarettes and never look back
  • Nicotine patch - A nicotine patch can be bought over the counter and allows the body to slowly wean off of the addiction
  • Start an alternative healthy habit - Select a different healthy habit to distract you from your habit
  • Support groups - There are a variety of support groups available to help give you the shoulder you need to lean on when shaking the habit

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

Improving your health could be as easy as making sure to eat a well-balanced diet. Healthcare professionals recommend each meal should include at least two vegetables, one of which should be green. Eating a diet rich in vegetables can provide the vitamins and nutrients the body needs to fight off illness and stay healthy.

Consider a Brisk Walk

Taking control of your health could be a s simple as making time to exercise routinely. This can include a brisk walk through your neighborhood. Although many have the misconception that getting a good workout means joining a gym, it is not necessary to do so. Fitness experts suggest those who have not led a super active lifestyle to begin with walking before tackling a more challenging workout.

Before you get stressed at the thought of how challenging these changes may be, make a list of the benefits you may reap. This can help you stay motivated and focused on the end result. Be strong. You have the willpower to defeat these habits and improve your health. Make 2018 the best, healthiest year yet.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Charles, Mo.

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