5 Simple Ways To Improve Your Health

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Tired of feeling groggy, not-so-hot, and maybe just unhealthy? Try some of these simple little tips to help boost up both your energy and your happiness!

1. Ditch the soda (or pop if you're from Michigan, like me)
Just like smoking, caffeine is an addiction. It's no secret that pop is bad for you... loads of sugar, caffeine, lack of nutrients, rots the teeth, and dehydration.  A 2012 Harvard University study found that sugary drinks increased a person’s risk of chronic heart disease (CHD). Participants who drank the most soda were 20 percent more likely to have a heart attack, the researchers discovered.
     Replacing soda with water in your diet is one of the easiest ways to lose weight. BONUS: Ditching the dew is proven to improve your overall health and mood. Drink water instead!

2. Go for a walk
Surprise! You don't have to run to lose weight or feel better, you can also walk. I know this probably sounds funny coming from an avid runner like me... but walking can give you some of the same benefits as running. Increased heart rate (your heart needs exercise too), lowers the rate of weight gain, and improves your overall mood. Have a lot on your mind? Go for a walk. Stressed out? Go for a walk. Feeling blah? Go for a walk. I know it's not a cure-all, but I promise after you step outside for a walk (rain, snow, or shine) you will feel better both mentally and physically. If you're not a big runner, get out each day and take a walk!

3. Stop oversleeping

Yep, believe it or not this is actually a thing. On the weekend or your days off it is way too easy to sleep-in a few extra hours. But what about those days where you sleep 10-12 hours? It happens to all of us... you'd think that much sleep would leave you feeling like a new person! Usually it leaves you feeling just the opposite. Too much sleep can actually be a bad thing; from increasing the risk of weight gain, diabetes, and depression- oversleeping can dramatically alter your mood and feelings throughout the rest of your day.

4.  Step outside
Netflix, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, etc. Ah social media and our friends at Netflix and Hulu are evil geniuses. Lets see... its day 5 and you're still laying in bed chowing down on Cheetos and turkey sandwiches. You feel kind of crappy and just want to sleep for days. I know it's way easier to lay down in your already warm bed and take a nap... but if you're looking to feel better, get up, throw on some shoes (depending on the weather), and hop outside. Our bodies need vitamin D, and more often than not we don't receive enough of it from just foods alone. Vitamin D is essential for "bone growth, cell growth, inflammation reduction and neuromuscular and immune function. Unfortunately, your skin can only drink in the D from unprotected exposure. That's why scientists suggest what they call 'sensible sun exposure.' That means only going out in the sun for about one third to one half of the amount of time it would take your skin to mildly burn, or roughly 10 to 15 minutes for many. "

5. Have a good laugh
Yes, my favorite exercise. There are various benefits to laughing, Not only does laughter have similar effects as exercise, it "Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphin's, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphin's promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain."

These things may seem little, but they all have the power to drastically alter your both your physical and mental health.

"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." Christian D. Larson

XOXO Christiana

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