If you feel like you've fallen into a funk when it comes to your health, it may be easier than you think to kick start a new you. In fact, there are small changes you can make to become healthier in one day. All you need is 24 hours to see results — and I promise that you will not have to do a single burpee or cut out any crabs. Feeling better by tomorrow only requires a few tweaks to your day and good old fashioned belly laugh.
Often times, making changes to improve health can seem overwhelming. There are diets, exercise programs, and lifestyle plans that ask you to dedicate a great deal of time and resources to become healthier. Although there is nothing wrong with these investments in your future, you can start living a healthy lifestyle today without spending a penny or attending a meeting. To make positive changes, a little willpower goes a long way. And as this list will show you, reaching your health goals is something you can have done before you go to bed tonight.
To feel stronger, happier, and more alert, try these nine ways to become healthier in one day, because you can accomplish a lot in 24 hours.
1. Get Some Sleep
Getting some shut eye is one of the best things you can do for your body. Not only will it help you feel energized for the day ahead, but as Health reported, a good night's sleep boosts your memory, creativity, longevity, and attention span. As if you needed another reason to go to bed early.
2. Slash Sugar Intake
There's a reason people say their favorite desserts are "like crack." According to Women's Health, sugar actually makes your brian want more sugar, among the other nasty side effects of downing too many of those sweet crystals. Women's Health also notes that you should try eliminating sugar in phases, if you're hoping to reduce your sugar intake. This way, your body has time to adjust and you can accept the change easier.
3. Get Your Heart Pumping
To soak up all the benefits of regular exercise, get your heart rate up for about 20 minutes a day. And you don't have to go hard to see the results. As Mayo Clinic pointed out, even a moderate amount of daily exercise will improve your health.
4. Guzzle The H20
One of the easiest ways to boost your health is by drinking more water. As the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention reported, water intake is crucial to your body's daily functioning. Aside from being your best friend after a long hot yoga class, water helps moderate body temperature, cushion joints, protect your spine, and eliminate waste.
5. Find Your Happy Place
One of the biggest enemies of good health is stress. But making time to relax and de-stress can do more for your health than make you feel like a Zen master. According to Harvard Health, de-stressing is an important factor in good heart health, which is more motivation to let yourself veg on the couch tonight.
You don't have to be a master yogi to feel the benefits from stretching. As Fitness reported, stretching improves posture, eases pain, and protects against injury. It also feels really, really good — but that's just a bonus.
There's a reason you feel awesome after watching your favorite comedy movie. Laughter is chocked full of health gems. According to Mayo Clinic, laughing can bring oxygen to your organs, stimulate circulation., and relieve stress.
8. Give Sitting The Boot
Sitting is the new smoking, and for those who need to be at a desk every day, that means it's more important than ever to make time for standing. As CNN reported, people who stand more maintain steady blood sugar and lower cholesterol levels. More standing means activating muscles we wouldn't normally use as much throughout the day if we were sitting.
9. Be Grateful
Being thankful may be nice manners, but it also means a healthier you. Psychology Today reported that gratitude improves your physical and psychological health. That means, grateful people enjoy better sleep, higher self-esteem, and more mental strength than people who do not look for things to be thankful for.