Sometimes we overthink things. We search for the complex before we master the basics. Below are three simple no-cost things that you can implement today that just might impact you by tomorrow morning!
Drink 8 ounces of water when you wake up — before your morning coffee. Eight ounces isn’t much more than eight large swallows. A good rule of thumb for water consumption is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day: so a 160 lb person would drink 80 ounces of water each day. By drinking 8 ounces first thing upon rising, you’re 10% of the way there!
Take a daily, or every other day walk. Walking isn’t going to have a huge effect on your fitness level if you’re in good shape, but it certainly will if you’re an out-of-shape beginner. My take on walking is that it’s a great stress reducer, a decent calorie burner, it helps you recover from strenuous workouts, it’s a great way to catch up on things with your spouse, and on days like today when my lower back is killing me, it’s good therapy.
Lastly, find an extra 30 minutes of sleep each day. Make a cat nap or find a way to get to bed 30 minutes earlier. That will probably mean that you have to tweak your nighttime routine (a good subject for a future blog) a bit. You should be getting 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night so if you’re not getting enough sleep, an extra 30 minutes will be huge!
Try these three super-simple, no-cost health strategies! Start today — feel better tomorrow!