With 2019 only a week away, do you feel like you’re being bombarded by new year’s resolution health tips? Stress no more! Getting healthier is easier than you think! Here are some handy shortcuts for achieving your best this year and every year:
If you’re feeling guilty about not exercising enough, remember that every little bit counts. To reap the rewards of working out, it’s important to remember that it’s about quality, not quantity. A number of studies indicate that only 10 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is all it takes to get the same level of health benefits as longer periods of aerobic activity, such as a 50-minute jog. We love this health finding because it makes exercise seem more accessible and less intimidating for everyone. Even little steps (and short spurts) count!
And speaking of steps…another clinically-proven “shortcut” to healthier living is walking. Study after study indicates that walking is a cure-all for many health concerns, lowering your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression…the list of health benefits is endless. And you don’t need to “power walk” a marathon to make a difference. All your steps add up, whether you’re parking at the end of the lot and walking to the store or strolling over to your colleague’s desk in lieu of sending an email.
And speaking of strolling, you can’t stroll without standing! We extolled the benefits of standing in one of last month’s blogs, but it’s such an important health tidbit, it’s worth repeating. Research indicates that the simple act of standing more often is as powerful as walking for lowering your risk for disease and increasing longevity.
Nutritionally speaking, frozen veggies are as healthful as fresh produce, according to a study published in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. This means you can stock up on frozen veggies at the grocery store to avoid last-minute grocery store runs, which saves time and money. In certain cases, frozen veggies can be even more nutritious than fresh because they are frozen at the peak of ripeness.
Another proven shortcut to healthier eating is eating more protein. Research indicates that a diet rich in protein can reduce your appetite and food cravings, increase muscle mass, boost your metabolism and fat burning power, and even lower your blood pressure, according to healthline®. Protein-rich foods include eggs, almonds, chicken breast, oats, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, milk, broccoli, lean beef, tuna, quinoa, whey protein supplements, lentils, fish, turkey, pumpkin seeds, brussel sprouts, and peanuts.