Did you know that you can judge tomorrow’s health by today’s habits? As an ex smoker, candy lover, and an utter couch potato, I’ve had to wake up to the fact a while back that every little thing we do (or don’t do) today can cost us a lot in the long run. As my physical health started to burst at the seams through years of neglect, I faced the dreadful truth: changes are unavoidable, and refusing to mend my ways can only lead to slow yet certain death. The way you treat your body at this very moment determines your shape and fate in the years to come, so if you’re still holding onto unhealthy habits, now is as good a moment as any to do something about it. Here are a few simple lifestyle tweaks you can try today to hack a fitter and healthier tomorrow: each of these simple adjustments worked like a charm for me, and I hope they’ll do the same for you.
Kick Start the Day with Lemon Water
With a ridiculously low calorie count, lemon water is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and it has a similar effect as a cup of coffee. To boost your mood and energy levels and kick-start another busy workday, swap morning java for lemonade: that way, you’ll get to detox your liver and nudge digestion onto the right track by a single gulp. Bonus point: I’ve realized that lemon water does wonders for appetite, and it’s helped me prevent food binges and lose weight faster.
Dry Brushing to Brush Exhaustion Off
There is no better way to start a day than a long, energizing shower, is there? Aye, there is: dry brushing promotes blood flow, lymphatic function, and digestion, which makes it a perfect daily routine tweak if you’re struggling with circulation and tummy issues. Beauty points are a sweet plus: I’ve been dry-brushing for about a month now, and the exfoliating routine has restored a healthy glow to my skin while reducing visibility of stretch marks and cellulite at the same time.
Ditch the Cube for Your Fitness’ Sake
Processed sugar is the human body’s biggest enemy, so if you want to stay fit and strong in the years ahead, you should try to limit your intake of the sweetest shade of white or ditch the cube altogether as of today. Instead of stuffing sugar-laden foods down your throat in times of stress, try venting your frustration by a gym workout. For me, seeing just how much progress I’ve made on the quest to a slimmer figure based on feedback from a reliable body tracker app now tastes a million times sweeter than any candy out there. What’s more, since I’ve embraced the sugar-free diet, I’ve realized just how much natural flavor I’ve been missing out on by sating my sweet tooth on ready-made snacks.
Walk It Off For Tomorrow’s Health
Sedentary lifestyle is the prime culprit behind a range of diseases of affluence. Don’t sit out on lasting wellbeing: take a walk instead. Walks in nature are a powerful mood booster and they promote cardiovascular and cognitive function and circulation. If that’s not enough to convince you that a stroll a day can keep the doctor away, here’s a piece of science-backed info that will: walking for about 30 minutes a day will reduce the risk of weight gain, depression, diabetes, and osteoporosis. That’s right: a bit of fresh air can make a world of difference, and it can detox both your mind and your body at the same time.
Stretch It When Stress Hits the Roof
If you have a habit of sitting for hours at the office without getting up, you’re robbing yourself of tomorrow’s health. The human body wasn’t designed to sit all day, so stand up and do a set of exercises to get your blood flowing. A few months back, when my job began to severely burn me, my GP recommended I should make short breaks at work and stretch every 45 minutes, and I can confirm it’s 100% true. Even a minute of stretching and twisting around can amp focus and circulation and strengthen the muscles, keeping post-work headaches and neck and back pains at bay.
Drink One Cup of Caffeine Less Today
Caffeine may amp your focus and energy and wipe away the midday slump, but if you’re abusing your java, you might soon wake up to high blood pressure and heart problems. Try to limit daily caffeine intake to four cups a day, and swap your afternoon java for a refreshing smoothie or shake for a healthy change.
Take it from me: tomorrow’s health starts today, and putting off positive changes until Monday never works. Embrace healthy habits right now, and your future self will thank you for it in a few years’ time.