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5 Tiny Tweaks that Change your Health

Apr 11, 2014

Editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, Arianna Huffington’s latest book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder just released on Tuesday.   “The Third Metric has four dimensions,” she explained in a recent interview with Barbara Walters. “The first is well-being and health, because if we don’t nurture ourselves, if we don’t renew and regenerate ourselves, then obviously we are going down a dead end.”

This got us thinking about small acts we can do to increase our overall well beginning.  We came up with these 5 tiny tweaks that can change your health.

 

Morning Meditation:

Meditation is the art of focusing 100% of your attention in one area resulting in increased concentration, decreased anxiety, and emotional positivity.

How to get started:

  • Choose a time of day – this does not have to be a specific time for instance we have chosen the morning
  • Start with 2 – 5 minutes of undisturbed meditation time
  • Sit in a comfortable position
  • Focus on your breath.  If you find your mind wondering try counting: one breath in, two breath out… continue to 10 and start over.

 

Good Posture:

Focusing on improved posture can reduce overall aches and pains, increase energy levels and not to mention it makes you look thinner and taller.

How to get started:

  • Activate your core muscles but tightening your lower abs
  • Pull your shoulders backwards allowing your chest to come slightly forward
  • Lift your chin and elongate your neck

 

Daily Green Drink:

Adding a green smoothie to your diet each day has numerous benefits… and they are really easy to create.  Adding one green smoothie per day can increase your overall nutrition, ensure you get all servings of your fruits and veggies and provide you with an energy boost.

How to get started: try this easy green smoothie recipe from Esperanza Resort

–       1.5 very ripe bananas

–       ½ cup sliced fresh mango

–       ½ cup spinach

–       1/3 cup fresh mint leaves

–       1 tsps cinnamon

–       ½ tsp spirulina

–       1 scoop almond butter

–       ½ tablespoon flaxseed meal

–       ½ cup almond milk (or water, but the almond milk will make it more creamy)

–       ¼ cup water

–       handful of ice (or however much it takes to bring it to desired consistency)

 

Daily Walk:

Taking one 15-minute walk per day is not only great physically for you but it can also boost your energy and reduce stress and anxiety

How to get started

  • Carve out 15 solid minutes and take a brisk to leisurely walk
  • Eliminate any distractions such as mobile phones
  • Bring water for hydration

 

Eat your last meal before 7pm:

Research has shown that not snacking after dinner can help you lose weight and help prevent unnecessary fat storage, resulting in so many positive health benefits

How to get started

  • Set a time – We are using 7pm
  • Schedule dinner at least 30 minutes prior to your designated time
  • Prep your dinners for the week to ensure you eat on time.

 

What are a few of your health tweaks?