The new year is a common time to think about self-improvement.
Luckily, there are lots of ways to better your lifestyle without throwing your daily routine out of whack.
We’ve put together a list of some relatively small changes you can make to your life right now to start living healthier.
Candy is sweet because it contains processed sugar, usually high-fructose corn syrup. Fruit is sweet because it contains natural sugar, but it's still good for you because it's also rich in fibre, which helps you digest the sugar more slowly.
Studies have shown that dieting doesn't work, because cutting out entire foods only makes you want to eat more of them. But cooking at home is linked to eating healthier, saving money on dining out, and boosting self-esteem.
Studies suggest that coffee is good for you -- some even suggest that drinking three to five cups a day could lead to a longer life. Eliminating milk, cream, sugar, or flavourings will cut calories and maximise coffee's health benefits. And don't worry -- drinking black coffee won't make you a psychopath!
This is an easy way to burn calories and tone leg muscles when you can't find time to squeeze in a traditional workout.
Washing your hands with soap and water gets rids of germs and drying off prevents the spread of bacteria, and is one of the most effective ways to prevent infection. Just make sure you are doing it the right way.
Is your office kind of drab? Bringing plants into the office can make you feel happier at work, according to study that monitored the effects of plants on two large commercial offices in the UK and The Netherlands.
At least a dozen executives swear by the relaxing technique. Research suggests that meditation can help you handle stress, improve memory and awareness, and lower blood pressure. One study found that people who meditated for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, for a month (11 hours total) saw changes in a part of the brain involved in self-regulation.
Expand your knowledge, reduce stress, and briefly cut ties with the internet. A small 2012 study found that reading about someone else's awe-inspiring experience made people more satisfied, less stressed, and more willing to volunteer than other people.
Occasionally unplugging may help stressed individuals achieve a state of complete relaxation. It's especially a good idea to avoid phones in the hour or so before bed, since the light from phones can interfere with your ability to fall asleep.
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