The number one New Year’s resolution people make (and often abandon) is the intention to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Breaking bad habits is difficult, but it can become even harder when implementing several big changes at once. The secret to a healthier and happier you in 2017? Focus on smaller, sustainable tweaks to your diet and routine.
For those of us who may be struggling to make and maintain healthy changes, AARP.org recently shared some health hacks everyone can fit in, no matter how busy or unmotivated we may be in their article, “Feel Better in 60 Seconds or Less.” We thought we’d pass along a few of their tips:
- If you have low energy, drink a glass of water. Men should consume around 3 liters (six 16.9-ounce bottles) of water per day, and women require about 2.2. liters (four bottles) to avoid fatigue caused by dehydration.
- To avoid excess calories, chew on a stick of gum. University of Rhode Island researchers found that people who chewed on sugarless gum throughout the morning consumed 67 fewer calories at lunch and didn’t make them up throughout the rest of the day.
- Banish pets from the bedroom to get better sleep. As comforting as pets can be, they usually don’t adhere to human sleep schedules and may be interrupting yours.
- To combat or prevent heart disease, pop a probiotic. Researchers are finding that probiotics help to lower inflammation and boost weight loss, both of which impact heart health.
- Enjoy a piece of chocolate to prevent diabetes. Two squares of 60 to 70 percent pure cocoa can help reduce your risk for diabetes.
- Give or get a hug to beat the blues. Hugging releases oxytocin, the feel-good hormone, and decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Check out the full list of tips here. Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2017!