3 Easy Changes for a Head-to-Toe Health Tune-Up

Whether you’ve gotten stuck in a serious slump or feel like you’re not performing at your best, you could likely use a head-to-toe health tune-up. As you age, your everyday habits begin to impact your physical and mental health significantly. Fortunately, many healthy habits are easy to incorporate into your day-to-day life.

If you’re searching for information, tips, and ideas for living a healthier life, this article is just the tip of the iceberg. Visit Koslo’s Nutrition Solutions for more inspiring advice or to schedule a nutrition consultation.

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1. Clean Up Your Diet

Between the pandemic, social unrest, politics, and the economy, you’re feeling some extra stress lately if you’re like many people. When you’re feeling pushed to your limits, you may be much more likely to reach for unhealthy snacks or foods that are loaded with salt, sugar, or fat. As NBC News notes, these foods may give you a brief sense of comfort, but in truth, the times when you’re feeling stressed are the times when making healthy food choices is most important.

Stress takes a mental and physical toll on your body and can deplete it of nutrients and resources it needs to conquer the stressful situation. When you consume junk foods primarily, your body remains depleted, triggering additional stress.

Eating healthy doesn’t need to be overly complicated. You can start by incorporating a few changes into your daily food habits, such as being mindful of what you’re eating and choosing more fruits and vegetables each day. If you need help making smart food choices, consider meeting with a nutritional consultant from Koslo’s Nutrition Solutions. They can help answer any questions and even accompany you through the grocery store to help guide you toward healthier options.

2. Go For a Walk

It’s no secret that regular exercise is essential to getting and staying healthy, but the idea can be a bit intimidating at first, especially if your lifestyle is primarily sedentary. You don’t have to commit to hours at the gym or grueling workouts to start seeing the excellent health benefits of exercise. A daily walk is a low-stress and straightforward way to add more movement to your everyday life.

Walking around your neighborhood is a great way to keep your brain sharp, strengthen your immune system, and build connections with your community. Studies cited by Harvard Health Publishing indicate that just one 20-minute outdoor walk can reduce feelings of depression and anxiety and begin to reverse the adverse health effects of chronic stress. Consider taking a pet along for some bonding time — most pets can benefit from daily exercise, too!

3. Change Your Scenery

It’s easy to feel stuck in a rut when the view never changes. A change of scenery can often do wonders to help you shake off a slump and feel refreshed. If you can, take a vacation or spend a weekend away. It doesn’t have to be an exotic locale, especially when you consider there are so many terrific rental homes available these days. Even a staycation right here in Austin can have a dramatic positive impact on your health and wellbeing. Play tourist and check out the nightlife and live music scene in the 6th Street District or peruse the hip boutiques and galleries in the South Congress area.

Remember, your vacation or staycation should supplement your daily health goals rather than upset them. Keeping up the daily walk in a new location should be easy, but sticking to healthy food choices can be difficult. Skip the hotel and opt for a rental with a full kitchen. You’ll be less likely to overindulge if you can cook most of your meals and stock the fridge with healthy snacks; Snacknation suggests options like pine nuts and apple chips, which are handy-yet-filling when you’re on the go. There are vacation rentals available in just about any neighborhood, and most rental booking sites make it a snap to find things to do near your rental property.

Good health doesn’t need to be overly complex. These tips may seem simple, but the simplest health strategies — healthy eating, a walk, and snagging some time away — are often the ones we are most likely to stick with. Make the changes necessary to feel better and enjoy an improved quality of life.

Written by Sheila Johnson, reviewed by Jennifer Koslo, PhD, RDN, LDN, CPT

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