I believe in improving ourselves every single day. Here are some small ways to improve your health, one small step at a time. Try these one at a time, and once you’ve developed a sustainable habit (that is, you don’t have to keep thinking about it anymore: you just do it unconsciously), move on to another one.
1. Keep water with you at all times.
We all know more water is good for us. It prevents bloating, keeps our skin and digestion healthy, and is an all-around magic substance of life. Always keep a large water bottle with you. I like at least a 900mL to 1.5L bottle. Fill it upon waking up in the morning, and just bring it around, especially in the house. It’s much easier to drink from a water container that’s already beside you than to go to the kitchen, get a glass, fill it, and then drink. Especially when you’re on Facebook or Twitter. When it comes to water, mindless sips are your friend.
Drinking a lot of water will also force you to get up to go to the toilet every 20-30 minutes or so. This stops you from being completely sedentary.
2. As a rule: Take the stairs
Take the stairs all the time. At every single crossroad between choosing the stairs and the elevator, make it a personal rule to always take the stairs. I guarantee that not having to decide (and choose the elevator) each time is going to help this habit stick.
3. Have a rule to walk instead of taking an alternative means of transportation at shorter parts of your commute
I, as do most people in Manila, have a portion of my commute wherein I have a choice between a ride and a walk. In my case, it’s a 20-peso tricycle ride versus a 10-minute walk. I have made it a rule to take the 10-minute walk every time, unless it’s raining hard. The same type of rule can be applied in numerous situations. Not only is it good for your health, it’s good for your wallet, too. In my case, that (20-peso ride x 20 days per month) = 400 pesos, which can buy at least a few meals. It also lets you appreciate your surroundings.