• Sharon Rundell of Inspiring Strength in Women

10 Insanely Simple Ways to Improve your Health

Many of us make health-related resolutions, such as to lose weight, stop smoking or join the local Gym. While it is common to set high goals, experts say that setting smaller goals could do more for our health.

Small steps are achievable and are much easier to fit into your daily routine. They are less overwhelming than a big, sudden change, so you are much more likely to stick with them long term.

Here are 10 Simple Ways you can try right now

to improve your health:

1. Keep an eye on your weight and work on making sure you are not gaining extra kilos. Even if you gain just a kilo or so every year, the extra weight adds up quickly!

2. Take more small steps. Use a pedometer or a smart fitness app or watch to count 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 take 10,000 steps on most days.

3. Eat breakfast. Breakfast eaters tend to weigh less and have better diets overall. For a filling and nutrition-packed breakfast, top some old fashioned whole grain rolled oats with fresh fruit slices and low-fat or fat-free milk. Why not give almond milk a try?

4. Switch three-grain servings each day to whole grain. If you're like the average Aussie, you eat less than one whole grain serving a day.

5. Have at least one green salad every day. Eating a salad (with low-fat or fat-free dressing) is filling and may help you eat less during your meal. It also counts toward your five daily cups of vegetables and fruits.

6. 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 non-stick pan with only a dab of oil or butter.

7. Consider 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.

8. Downsize your plate. The smaller the bag, bottle, or bowl, the less you will eat!

9. Lose just 5 to 10 percent of your current weight. The health benefits are huge - lower blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides.

10. 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, especially less of the bad stuff!

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