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4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Health

Small steps lead to big changes. If you want to improve your health in order to feel better and live longer then it’s best to start small. Not only will you make those tasks more accomplishable, but you’ll also benefit in a gradual and healthy way.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some quick and easy ways that you can improve your health today.

Change Your Desk

If you spend your days sitting at a desk then there are a few things that you can do to switch things up and improve your health. The first is to use a standing desk, just like the ones covered by All The Stuff in this link.

Countless studies have proven that people who spend most of their days sitting live shorter lives than those that do not. Not only will a standing desk negate this issue, but by forcing you to remain standing it will also make you feel more inclined to do small energetic movements that add to your total daily calorie expenditure, whether that be pacing up and down while you’re waiting for something to load, or doing some stretches to get energy into tired muscles.

Gym balls have also been popularised as replacements for sitting desks, and there are even treadmill desks. We like the idea of the latter (if nothing else they will stop you from working all day) but gym balls can do more harm than good. They are forcing your body to maintain a tight and rigid posture, and while that will strengthen your core in the short-term, in the long-term it could lead to injury.

Drink More Tea

There are an abundance of teas out there for you to try, from black to green to red and to herbal. Many of them taste great and the vast majority of them are healthy—a great way to give your body a boost of healthy antioxidants. A lot of herbal teas have also found themselves at the heart of many health studies, and some have shown the ability to reduce neurological disorders, cancer, and other chronic diseases.

They will also hydrate you, and in the case of black tea and green tea, they’ll provide you with a dose of caffeine to help you replace your daily coffee.

Eat Less Dairy

Milk is a controversial topic right now with some arguing for it and others arguing against it. But let’s ignore all of those arguments and look at it from a neutral standpoint. We know that milk is high in protein and calcium, but we also know that heavy milk drinkers are more likely to develop coronary heart disease and osteoporosis.

This could be a case of correlation over causation and it may be that milk doesn’t cause either of these things, but even if you focus on the short-term you’ll find that people who abstain from milk suffer from fewer digestive issues.

Simply put, everything we thought we knew about this substance could be wrong. The irony s that cheese and butter haven’t been linked to the same issues, but at the same time they are high in saturated fat and can also lead to acid reflux and other digestive problems.

Walk or Bike

If you’re the sort of person who likes to take the car even when they’re just popping to the grocery store down the street, then it’s time to leave the keys at home and to walk instead. Not only will walking improve your cardiovascular health, but it has also been linked to improved mental health—exercise is incredibly transformative and the less you do it the more benefits you can get from it.

If your journey is only going to be a few minutes, then walk. If you have a bicycle and a safe route to work, then take that instead. These small changes can provide your body with all of its daily exercise needs and drastically improve your mental and physical health. Sure, it’ll leave you with an hour or two less throughout the day and that may make things difficult for the workaholics amongst you. But what’s the point of working hard if it’s only leading you to the grave?





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  1. Igor Ermakov says:

    After years working on computer on daily basis I came to the same idea and bought a standing desk. It really helps me to reduce back pain (and neck pain as well). But you can’t work all day long by standing. So, please try to split it into 2 phases (or even 4). 50% of time by sitting and 50% – by standing.

    But in the first week try to work by standing shorter period of time. 15-30mins or so. It’ll be a bit painful first time, but after weeks you’ll feel fine 🙂

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    • Dennis says:

      I always wondered about that myself, how can people stand on such desk all day long. Sure others work in shops and stand the whole day but it’s different when you’re working on a computer, or maybe it’s just different for us who used to sit most of the time 😉

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