• Melissa Kartini

Here Are the Best and Easiest Resolutions for a Healthier You

We've all heard that talk about getting more exercise if we really want to get healthy. Yeah, yeah. We get it, we get it. If we're serious about getting healthy, we should incorporate regular exercise into our schedules.

But what about other habits? What other daily habits should we practice in order to enjoy the benefits of better health?

Let's take a look into this now, shall we?

Take less sugar

And yes, this includes carbonated drinks. Certainly, we Malaysians have grown accustomed to our sweetened drinks, but these guilty pleasures would do us more harm than good in the long run. Studies show that too much sugar can lead to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and worst of all to those vainpots out there, aging.

Want to keep your youth? Cut down on that sugar.

Drink more water

Remember how our parents, teachers and everyone's grandmother would tell us to drink more water? As vexing as it was to hear the same darned advice all day and night, it was given for good reason. Drinking water is connected to having better health, clearer skin, improved focus, anti-aging benefits and easy weight loss, just to name a few.

It is not only such a simple habit to implement, it is also super cheap. There's no reason for you to not do it.

Give a compliment everyday

Diet changes aren't the only changes we can make to ensure better health; a change in attitude can do wonders as well. Rather than stewing in jealousy, why not practice some generosity instead? Making others feel good will make you feel good too.

As an added bonus, you will be regarded more warmly by others as well. Watch as your circle of friends grow closer (and possibly even wider!) by incorporating this simple habit into your routine!

Be more polite

This one should pretty much be common sense, but with the number of people who lack manners these days, this one has got to be on the list. And if you think yours might need a bit of fine-tuning too, what better time is there to start than now?

You'll gain respect from those around you and will find it easier to create friendships no matter where you go.

Go to bed earlier

In today's fast-paced world, what should be a simple habit to practice is easier said than done. But given the mountains of benefits this particular habit can bring you, you should do all within your power to implement it. This is where your time managing skills ought to come into play. Finish your assignments earlier, make it a point to be punctual, cut down on dillydallying.

By going to bed earlier, you can eliminate nasty side effects like weight gain, depression, lack of focus and aging.

Cut down on fast food

We all know that fast food is filled with questionable ingredients, and yet we scarf them down with abandon. Now, before our arteries get clogged up from bingeing on one too many burgers, we should opt for healthier food options. More fruits and vegetables, anyone?

If you can't cut fast food out of your diet, then cut down on it instead. Gradually reduce your fast food intake from a few times a week, to once a week, to once every two weeks. And so on and so forth. You get the picture.

Practice gratitude

You know what they all say: if you can't change the situation, then change your attitude. Alas, no matter how much we Malaysians love to complain, this is the bitter truth of life. So instead of complaining and wearing a negative outlook, why not find all the things that you're grateful for instead? It can be something as simple as the fact that you're alive today, that you have a roof over your head, or that you have food on the table.

Find joy in the simple things, and the quality of your life will vastly improve.

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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