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  • Juanita Weaver-Reiss

One small change at a time....

Many people when wanting to improve their health think they have to do big changes to achieve a major benefit. It doesn't have to be that way. In most cases, concentrating on small changes can make a huge difference in your overall health.

1) Find time to relax.

This is a tough one for me because I think I have always heard the message of "Be productive, do something." Many times it helps to take 5 or 10 minutes and just step away from the job, the task, the computer.

Take a walk, listen to soothing music, practice breathing deeply, or visualize a place that is relaxing. Then come back to the task. Odds are you will be more productive, concentrate better, and get more done than if you had continued straight through, pushing to achieve.

2) Drink more water. Substitute a glass of water for a beverage you normally drink as a first step.

Your body is made of 50 to 60% water. It needs to be hydrated with the preferred beverage, which is water.

3) Take small breaks to move.

Activity is just moving your body. Taking small breaks to get up from your desk, chair, or computer will help in many ways. It can help reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. It will help your mind to engage in your task better when you come back to it. And the moving you get by taking a walk can count for your 30 minutes recommended of moving per day. Even a little bit of moving is good for the body.

4) Eat more fruit. Make a small change and have fruit for a dessert instead ice cream, cake, or cookies. It is lower in calories and has nutrition for the body. But just one small change.

What will your small change be? Feel free to email me with your comments or thoughts.


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