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Now that the chaos of the holiday season is over, a lot of us are vowing to make changes for our health—but we know that ambitious resolutions don’t always work out so well. So instead of saying you’ll “lose weight” or “eat better,” try one or two of these simple, concrete changes.
Sticking to a formal diet takes a lot of energy and planning. Instead, try taking something you do every day, and tweak it to help you eat less or choose healthier options.
Make one of these changes and your meals and snacks will help you stay healthy—no diet plan needed.
Any exercise is better than none. If you haven’t found the time for regular 30 or 60 minute sessions, try something quicker as a stopgap. Three 10-minute sessions a day still count as a 30-minute workout, and even three 10-minute strength sessions per week can keep you healthy. More is better, but get started right now in whatever time you have.
Besides your official workout time, don’t forget that walking is a great way to benefit your body, too. If you can work more walks into your day, you’ll be off to a good start.
If you’re already exercising, adding another intense session a week or trying a new sport are worthwhile goals but they aren’t the only way to work harder. Try one of these:
These changes may seem simple, but by keeping your workouts challenging, you’re ultimately improving your health. And since none of these changes require huge investments of time or willpower, you can save your energy for the goals that matter the most to you.
Illustration by Sam Woolley. Photos by Ruth Hartnup, via Visualhunt, and Jon Clegg.
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