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Many of us make health-related resolutions, such as to lose weight, stop smoking or to join the local fitness club. While it is common to set high goals, experts say that setting smaller goals could do more for our health. Smaller goals are more obtainable and easier to fit into your daily routine. As a result, they are less overwhelming than a big, sudden change.
Here are 10 small changes to try to incorporate health and fitness into your lifestyle:
- Stop weight gain. Even if you gain just a pound or two every year, the extra weight adds up quickly.
- Take more steps. Get a Fitbit to track your daily steps; then add 2,000, the equivalent of one extra mile. Keep adding steps, 1,000 to 2,000 each month or so, until you reach 10,000 steps on most days.
- Eat breakfast. Breakfast eaters tend to weigh less and have better diets overall.
- Switch three grain servings each day to whole grain. If you’re like the average American, you eat less than one whole grain serving a day.
- Have at least one green salad every day. Eating a salad (with low-fat or fat-free dressing on the side) is filling and may help you eat less during the meal. It also counts toward your five daily cups of vegetables and fruits.
- Trim the fat. Fat has a lot of calories, and calories count. Purchase lean meats, eat poultry without the skin, switch to lower-fat cheeses, use a nonstick pan with cooking spray.
- Incorporate calcium by including two or three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt. Dairy calcium is good for bones and may also help you lose weight.
- Downsize. The smaller the bag, bottle or bowl, the less you will eat.
- Lose just 5 to 10 percent of your current weight. The health benefits are great – lower blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Keep track of your eating. Write down what you eat over the next couple of days and look for problem spots. Often, just writing things down can help you eat less.
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