New Year, Better You: Simple Tips for Improving Your Health and Fitness

Improving your health and fitness doesn't have to be hard. There are some simple things you can do.

Think improving your health and fitness has to be hard? Not so; there are some surprisingly simple things that you can do.

Pay attention to portion size. Almost any food can be incorporated into a healthy diet if enjoyed in moderation. And on the flip side, some healthy foods are considered less so when super-sized, resulting in a much higher calorie count. 

Drink water. Water is always a wise choice, as it contains no calories, fat, sugar or caffeine. It's even the best bet before, during or after a workout. Keep in mind that sports drinks aren't necessary, especially if you've done only moderate-intensity exercise.

Sleep more. Many people try to skimp on sleep but the average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night. Sleep gives your body an opportunity to rest and rejuvenate, while it sharpens mental skills such as concentration and problem solving.

Walk more. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park at the back of the lot and walk to your destination. Walk to a friend's house or the store if possible. Steps add up, and exercise can be effective even if done in as short as 10-minute increments.

Find an exercise buddy. Having someone to challenge you as well as hold you accountable can help keep you motivated and prevent you from falling out of an exercise routine.

To learn more about living a healthy lifestyle, talk with your doctor. Need to find a doctor? Use our online Find a Physician service or call us at 855-296-6265.

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