Being healthier can be a huge challenge, especially if you don’t have the time or the energy. But there are small changes you can make to your life where you can improve your health and still be lazy. Eat differently, exercise just a tiny bit more, and make a few other small changes to your life to improve your health without making huge changes to your everyday life.
Eat your meals with your nondominant hand. If you’re right-handed, put your fork in your left hand at meals. Using your nondominant hand as your fork hand makes you eat more slowly. Stop eating when you feel full, but not bloated. You’ll eat more slowly and probably consume less food.
Add in healthy food. Buy those Milano cookies, but also make an effort to buy frozen fruit for smoothies and snap pea crisps to snack on, too.Over time, try to eat fewer cookies and more of the healthy snacks you have on hand.
Drink a glass of water before every meal. Water will fill you up a little bit, so you won’t overeat at your next meal. Make it a habit to keep a water bottle near you at all times, whether you’re in your house or on the go.
Drink coffee. People who drink three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to show early symptoms of heart disease. Don’t skip out of your morning cup of coffee or that afternoon pick me up.
Eat on smaller plates. People who eat on smaller plates end up eating less food. Buy a few inexpensive smaller plates and bowls if yours are large. You’ll think you’ve eaten more than you have.
Eat spicy foods. Spicy foods may help to decrease your appetite. Go for extra hot salsa, some chili peppers, or cayenne pepper. Add it to your food for extra flavor and a health boost!
Walk for two minutes every hour. Just two minutes…you can do it! You can even walk in circles around your couch while you watch TV. Walking will help you burn extra calories that would have been stored as fat, had you stayed sitting.
Walk backwards. Be sure to look behind you. Walking backwards, even in short bursts, may have huge health benefits. Walking backwards will also work different muscles than walking forwards.
Get your metabolism started early. If you have things to do, such as laundry, taking out the trash, or other chores, do them earlier rather than later. This will kickstart your metabolism.
Stand instead of sit. You can still play video games or watch TV, but try to stand for at least half of the time you’re doing so. You can burn up to 750 more calories every week if you stand for 3 hours a day!