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While it’s easy to get inspired every New Years about starting a new regimen, losing some weight, getting your house organized, and a million other resolutions, when the rubber hits the road it can be a little hard to actually get going. The problem isn’t always laziness, either. Sometimes it boils down to the fact that things like a two-hour commitment to visit the gym every day can be incredibly impractical to simply insert into our already busy lives.
If you’re finding yourself giving up on resolutions (or perhaps you already gave up on them months ago) don’t worry, there’s still hope!
There are many different ways to introduce healthy habits into your life without upsetting your day-to-day regimen. Here are some suggestions to easily pursue wellness in your life with minimal impact on the responsibilities that are constantly demanding our attention.
Ride a Bike
Riding a bike instead of driving places can be a great way to get some exercise in while going about your errands, heading to work, visiting a friend, etc. It’s convenient to reach for the keys, even if you’re going a short distance, but the effort to bike instead of drive is beneficial in more ways than one.
The obvious benefit for yourself is that you’re getting exercise, and in a much less abrupt way than, say, running a 5k or lifting weights. In addition to the health benefits, riding a bike helps reduce your carbon footprint and can save you the need to fill up your gas tank as often as well. As you dust off your two-wheeler and snap on that chin strap, though, remember to review the rules of the road to stay safe.
It’s hard to exaggerate the benefits that healthy eating can have on your body. When you fuel yourself with a continual stream of processed foods, breads, sugars, and syrups, you’re setting yourself up to struggle. Not only does poor eating make it hard to do things like exercise, but it also increases your chances to develop dangerous things like cancer.
Eating fruits and vegetables, limiting your intake of things like processed meats and alcohol, and keeping your weight at a good level can all feed into your ability to exercise and maintain an excellent level of overall wellness.
Actively Maintain Your Oral Health
When it comes to easy, everyday health tips, something as simple as brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis can be a game changer. Some of the benefits that come with a good dental regimen are a bit subtle. For example, knowing that your mouth is clean can naturally boost your self-esteem and confidence.
It doesn’t just give you that white, glossy smile, though. More importantly, good oral hygiene helps keep your mouth and your entire body, by extension, healthy and in good working order. It can help prevent things like gum inflammation and infections and can aid in preventing illnesses from getting through the first defenses of your mouth and spreading to other parts of the body. Even threats like pancreatic cancer and heart disease can often be prevented, or at least minimized, simply by keeping your mouth healthy so those bacteria levels are kept to a minimum.
In an era rife with chemicals, the use of natural oils can be a great way to keep our living spaces and even the air we breathe clean, fresh, and healthy. Using essential oils via a diffuser or in cleaning solutions is a great way to keep things fresh. Lavender essential oil, in particular, can help cleanse the air, promote mental well being, and even help with things like sleep and pain relief.
CBD oil is another option that has many reported benefits such as pain relief, easing depression, contributing to heart health, and even acne control. However, it’s important to understand that this one is a bit stronger and should be taken in appropriate doses.
Minimalism is in these days, with personalities like Marie Kondo inspiring folks all around the globe to clean up their spaces, and in the process clean up themselves. If you can take the time to slowly but surely reduce your clutter and organize your living spaces, it can be a game changer. And we’re not just talking about your cleaning schedule here, either.
Minimalism can literally help improve your health, bringing you less stress and greater peace of mind. Things like selecting only quality items for your living spaces, avoiding social media (yes, that’s included in minimalism!), and looking for joy and purpose in what you surround yourself with can be an excellent way to increase your wellness for the long term.
Choosing Fair Trade
Sometimes there’s more to buying something than simply looking for the cheapest or most popular choice. Looking for the Fair Trade label can be an excellent way to promote quality and a clean conscience when making purchases.
Fair Trade standards, as set by the World Fair Trade Organization, include things like fair payment, no child or forced labor, good working conditions, and respect for the environment. In addition, over half of the Fair Trade producers in the world are also certified organic, giving many Fair Trade items even greater value.
Remember, these aren’t suggestions that are meant to up-end your life or dramatically revolutionize your schedule. They’re ways that you can make a difference to your health and wellness on a day-to-day basis without significantly needing to change anything in your lifestyle.
Finding ways to work healthy habits into our everyday routines can be incredibly helpful to long-term health and can help stave off some pretty nasty sicknesses and side effects along the way as well. All it takes is a little forethought and determination, and before you know it you’ll be feeling the benefits of living a healthier life.