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Sometimes leading a healthier life may seem like a daunting task—something you don’t even want to get started doing because frankly you don’t have the time. But living a healthier life doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming. It can be as simple as making small adjustments every day to improve your physical and emotional well-being. And the benefits are many including feeling more self-confidence, having more energy, being less stressed and living a longer life.

Getting started

To start reaping the benefits of a healthier life, try making some of these small changes.

NUTRITION/DIET

  • Eat one fruit or vegetable at every meal.
  • Drink more water throughout the day—you’ll be better hydrated and because thirst often masquerades as hunger, you’ll be less likely to snack as well.
  • Don’t go longer than three to four hours without eating. You are likely to overeat when you finally do sit down to have a meal or snack.
  • Instead of completely eliminating high-calorie or high-fat food, decrease the portion size and don’t eat them as often. You’re more likely to stick with eating well if you let yourself eat less healthy foods once in a while.
  • Don’t start a diet that has an expiration date. Focus on forming a lifestyle that will last forever.

If you eat well:

  • You’ll have more energy and strength.
  • Your immune system will become tougher.
  • You’ll be able to handle stress better.
  • You’ll reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancers and other chronic diseases.

FITNESS

  • If you have an hour for lunch, use the first half hour to go out for a walk and the second half hour to eat your lunch.
  • Even if you’re glued to your phone for work calls, you don’t have to be glued to your seat. Make it a habit to talk and walk.
  • Jog in place during the commercials of your favorite TV show.
  • Instead of an expensive meal out, try something different for date night. Take a dance class, a golf lesson, couples yoga or try your luck at the batting cages.

If you move more:

  • You’ll control your weight.
  • You’ll strengthen your bones and muscles.
  • You’ll improve your mental health.
  • You’ll also reduce that risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancers and other chronic diseases.

MENTAL HEALTH

  • Take mini-breaks throughout the day. Step away from your busy life, even if only for a few moments. Over time, these breaks will help lower your daily stress level.
  • Schedule relaxation or fun and family time each week to rejuvenate your soul.
  • Be grateful. If you spend all day thinking about everything that you don’t have or everything you are not, then that is going to make for a pretty stressful life. Each night before you go to bed, think about one thing that you are grateful for.
  • Stop negative self talk. Instead of focusing on the things you don’t like about yourself, focus on the positive, and how proud you are of yourself.

If you nurture your mental health:

  • You’ll enjoy your life and environment, and the people in it.
  • You can be more creative, learn, try new things, and take risks.
  • You are better able to cope with difficult times in your personal and professional lives.

SEE YOUR DOCTOR

Being healthy includes seeing your doctor on a regular basis to:

  • Catch up on your screenings.
  • Get any immunizations you may need.
  • Ask your doctor questions about your health.

SIGN UP FOR CAREPLUS

A great way to take control of your health is to sign up for CarePlus—a concierge healthcare service that is absolutely free. The benefits include having a CarePlus  concierge team available to:

  • Make your doctor appointments.
  • Get you faster access to your medical information—like lab results.
  • Help you obtain referrals and pre-authorizations.
  • Find answers to your insurance questions.