Lifestyle changes can be very simple to do to help you stay healthy and fit. If you've been following me for awhile, then you know that I prefer to do "fun" exercises over going to the gym or making small changes in my everyday life, to have a greater impact on my overall health.
According to, American Progress, "One in four African American women are uninsured. This lack of health insurance, along with other socioeconomic factors, continues to contribute to the dire health issues African American women face (2019)."
I have been one of those uninsured women and I can tell you, it was a constant battle trying to stay healthy and fit, without having medical insurance.
Having no insurance led me to start eating right, educating myself more on my family medical history so that I can learn preventive methods to use and creating simple habits daily that will help me stay healthy. I want to share with you, five things that you can do everyday, to change your lifestyle that will help you stay healthy and fit:
Invest in a good water bottle
Replacing softs drinks, coffee and juices with high levels of sugar in them, with water, is one way to guarantee that you will stay healthy. I never really cared for water until I was working at a job that didn't have a water fountain. We had to purchase our own water bottles. That wasn't a bad thing only because it kind of forced me to appreciate water and drink it more. If you really struggle with drinking water in its purest state, add fruit to it and buy a good water bottle to carry around with you everywhere you go. I noticed that if I purchased a cute water bottle, I'd drink more water just so that I can use the bottle. Whatever works for you, do it!
Order kids meals
So we all love fast foods and nothing is wrong with that. McDonald's french fries and double cheeseburgers are a joy to have every now and then. If you are someone who eats fast foods, instead of ordering a large or king size meal, order a "Happy Meal" from the kids menu. The logic in this is that you will eat smaller portions of foods, even though they are not the most healthiest, which won't cause you any weight gain or other health issues. Let's not forget that kids meals are cheaper also, so you will also get to save some coins when you embark on this lifestyle change.
Use smaller plates
This is similar to eating kids menus at fast food or dining-in restaurants. Again, the logic behind eating from smaller plates is to properly portion your food. You can't pile tons of food on a small plate, trust me, I've tried to before lol. This is a very simple lifestyle hack to help you stay healthy and fit.
Stretch before going to bed & first thing in the morning
"Stretching helps you relieve stress and tension. Sometimes it is hard to get out of bed in the morning, especially when you know that you have a stressful day ahead. Taking a few minutes first thing in the morning to stretch will help relieve some tension and allow you to face the day more positively (2019, Live Strong)." Stretching assists you with fully waking up and it promotes muscles and joint flexibility as well as improves your blood circulation.
Find fun activities to do
This is my absolute favorite to do out of this entire list. If you are doing all of these things that I mentioned above, go outside and have some healthy fun. I love any activity that involves my body moving: dancing, jump rope, walking, riding a bike, hiking, playing a sport, etc. If you don't enjoy the scenery of working out in a gym, go out and do some fun activities. This definitely will help you stay healthy and fit.
You don't have to make drastic changes to live a healthy life. You can adjust some things that you currently do and add some activities in your life like attending a zumba class to get your body moving. Replacing soft drinks with water or splurging on a kids meal every now and then are all ways to help you stay healthy and fit.