I’ve been thinking a lot about the little things we do to make our bodies and minds healthier. Sure, those big things can make a really impactful difference – like giving up gluten if you’re allergic or committing to exercising more regularly. But in many ways, I think that it’s those small, everyday habits that really shape how we experience the world. This includes so many facets: our energy levels, ability to concentrate, muscle strength, or creativity. Taking small steps each day can help us improve these aspects of our lives, as well as many others.
Here are three easy habits to try incorporating into your daily routine. I was going to include five, but three seems easier to manage, so we’re more likely to succeed! Plus, once we’ve got these habits down, we can turn our attention to three more.
- Drink a large glass of water before bed, and another when you wake up. What they say is true: H2O is so important for your body to function and feel its best. Yet even with the greatest intentions, it can be hard to remember to keep drinking it throughout the day. Even if you don’t hit that eight glass recommendation each day, this habit ensures that water is on your mind. Plus, sleep dehydrates us. Downing a glass before and after bed will help offset that water loss. So try it; see if you feel a little more energetic and awake, or if it kickstarts even greater water consumption.
- Do push-ups during the commercials. Sometimes, we need a relaxing break in the evening. With this trick, you get that screen time and a muscle workout. An hour long TV show contains at least 15 minutes of commercials. Put that time to good use with some strength exercises, and you’ve got the perfect substitute for a HIIT workout. If your arms start to get tired, try incorporating some squats or a plank. Another perk: you’ll be so busy getting your burn on that you won’t even think to head to the kitchen for a late night snack.
- Floss. Guys, this one is so basic yet so important. And somehow, I’m terrible at sticking to it. Even though my teeth are healthy right now, I know this neglect is going to catch up to me one of these days. Let’s all resolve to make that one small commitment now (literally, it’s one minute per day) so we can reap the big health benefits later.