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5 Ways to Switch in Healthy New Habits

By Sandy Schroeder

No matter how much we want to shape up our diet and exercise routines, it takes a fair amount of effort to make the transition and make it stick. suggests we start by sliding in some simple changes that will upgrade health without changing everything. As we get comfortable, we can add more and dig deeper.

Hide the snack bars and pick some fruit - "Health food" bars are loaded with preservatives, sugar and processed carbohydrates. Trade them in for your favorite berries, pineapple slices, melon, cherries or apricots and peaches. You will gain a lot of micro nutrients and get an immune system boost.

Swap sugary sodas for green tea - Boost your metabolism and burn more fat as you reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Relax with a cup of hot tea or chill a bottle.

Keep the water coming - Staying hydrated can be simple if you carry water with you and park a canister on your desk. When you get the recommended eight glasses per day, the whole body works better.

Include veggies in every meal - Try a spinach omelet or scrambled eggs topped with salsa and black beans for breakfast. Add lots of veggies to your soup or salad lunch, and grate carrots, onion, and sweet peppers into your chili or meatloaf at dinner. Choose your family's favorites as you up their intake of valuable vitamins and minerals.

Find ways to break out of sitting - In a digital age, it is all too easy to sit 90 percent of the time. Beyond desk time, we sit behind the wheel, and then sit at home looking at more screens, watching TV or playing video games. Do yourself and your family a big favor and make it a mission to move more.

  • Set a timer at work to take five-minute moving breaks every hour
  • Get kids outside every day for an hour of activity
  • Make the family room an active room with more books, less TV, and lots of active options such as resistance bands and small weights, a treadmill or a stationary bike
  • Keep the weekends moving with biking, hiking or other favorite sports
  • Get up early and activate the day with a brisk walk, jog or run.
  • Try a new dancing, yoga, or tai chi class
  • Learn a new sport with your kids at a community class

As always, check with your doctor first before starting new exercise routines. As these new choices take hold, you may be moving more and feeling better. Add some more new options each week.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Morrisville, N.C.

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