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8 Game-Changing Daily Habits for a Better Body

Make a big difference with these small changes.
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It shouldn't have to take the starting of a new year to make game-changing health resolutions. Whether it is January or August, you can improve your life by making a few small tweaks to your day that can make a huge difference. Here are 8 things you should be doing now, according to wellness gurus.


Exercise 8 Minutes Every Morning


You might not think you have time in your busy schedule to make it to the gym, but according to Jorge Cruise, a personal trainer and New York Times bestselling author, all you need is 8 minutes in the morning. Cruise wrote an entire book detailing the simple exercises that can help you lose two pounds per week in under ten minutes. 

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Take Periodic Breaks for Spurts of Exercise


Meghan Livingstone, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, also has a suggestion on how to sneak exercise into your busy day. She recommends taking "periodic breaks during your workday to move," keeping it simple. "Something like standing up after 30 minutes or an hour and doing some stretching, reaching your arms up overhead or doing something like 20 squats or 20 jumping jacks," she says. "As we know, sitting for a lot of the day isn't great for our health, but even a little bit of movement can have benefits for us when it comes to reducing our risk for chronic disease."


Drink More Water


Livingstone also encourages amping up your hydration. "Drink a big glass of water first thing in the morning. Hydrating really well when we first wake up is a great way to get in a bunch of water when we can otherwise kind of forget about it as the day goes on," she says. "Plus, when we wake up, we tend to be a little bit more dehydrated since we've been sleeping through the night."


Start Snacking


You might associate snacking with empty carbs and processed food. However, learning how to snack the right way can help you lose weight. "Snacking is a good thing to do when we respond to our hunger signals. By fueling up properly through the day, we really help to avoid getting over hungry, which then leads us to often making poor food choices or binging later on in the day," explains Livingstone. It also helps us to better balance our blood sugar, supports our mood, our energy levels, and it keeps cravings in check. She suggests having a small snack every two to three hours between bigger meals. Also, try and snack on protein, "things like Greek yogurt with berries or nuts and seeds with apple slices or banana with nut butter or boiled eggs," she recommends. 

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Practice Mindfulness


Practicing mindfulness can help you evolve in 2024. Whether you devote a minute, 10 minutes, or longer, Livingstone suggests focusing on the little things you can do to live in the present, and quelling negative thoughts and anxiety. "And now, just for a minute, pause, notice your surroundings. Maybe take a deep breath and just notice what's around. You can have amazing effects on your sense of wellbeing. I do love the app called Insight Timer for doing some meditations," she said. 


Take a Daily Walk


Going on a walk every day, "or even just a few times a week," is a game changer, says Livingstone. Going for a daily walk can be a game changer in terms of exercise, especially at a brisk speed. One study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that walking at a brisk pace for about 30 minutes a day led to a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, dementia and death, compared with walking a similar number of steps but at a slower pace. "I like going for walks anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes around my neighborhood or some of the trails nearby," she adds.

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Cut Out Sugar in Two Easy Steps

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The thought of cutting sugar completely from your diet may be daunting. However, according to Autumn Bates, CCN, MS, CPT. "The first thing you need to do is eat protein," she reveals in her viral TikTok video. "Protein turns off hunger and can reduce sugar cravings. She recommends eggs, cottage cheese, fish, Greek yogurt, and ground beef. The second step? Get more sleep. "Poor sleep increases the hunger hormone ghrelin which can increase cravings for fast energy sources like sugar." She recommends aiming for 8 hours every night.


Quit Drinking

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Daniel Amen, MD, offers three simple tips to quit drinking alcohol in a viral video. "If you are drinking a lot, cut it down by ten percent over ten days," he says. "That way you are probably not going to go into withdrawal. The second? "Begin to see alcohol not as your friend," he says. "See the bottle and a small brain. See the bottle and fat on your body. See the bottle with more brain fog and cognitive problems. And finally, "find something to replace it with, even if it's something as simple as sparkling water with a little lemon," he suggests. " Love something to drink that loves you back."

💪🔥Body Booster: Snack wisely every few hours on protein-rich foods like Greek yogurt with berries or nuts with apple slices to keep hunger in check, maintain energy levels, and make healthier food choices throughout the day.

Leah Groth
Leah Groth has decades of experience covering all things health, wellness and fitness related. Read more