Five Ways to Improve your Health Today 


If 2020 has taught us anything it’s that we never know what tomorrow may bring. Regardless of that fact, we are in complete control of our actions and that means we get to take the driver seat on our health. We know our bodies better than anyone else because we live in them each day, yet we forget the basics of wellness in the hope of quick fixes. Now I realize that because of privilege and access, some of these tips may not be attainable for everyone, but if you can gather the resources to integrate into your life, take action!

  1. Water. Our bodies are about 60% water, so we need to replenish that supply each day. According to the CDC, water can keep your temperature normal, lubricate and cushion joints, protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues, and get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements. Adults should aim for 64oz of water each day, increasing that amount with activity levels. If plain water bores you, try infusing with fruit or add sparkling water or tea to your rotation to keep yourself hydrated.

  2. Sleep. In our fast-paced society, people often push sleep aside. They believe with enough caffeine and will power, they can keep moving. The reality is, our bodies need rest every day. Without proper rest, we led ourselves to exhaustion, which has similar effects to a high blood alcohol level.

  3. Gentle Nutrition. Our bodies need basic vitamins and minerals to keep us going. What that looks like is going to be different for each person because we all have different makeups and activity levels, so if you’re looking for assistance, know a Registered Dietician is always available to support you. Check out this article from RD Crystal Savoy for more tips.

  4. Get Active. Whether it’s a bike ride, walk around the block, or a dance party in your living room, your body will thank you for 30 minutes of movement each day. This gives you time to reconnect with yourself on an emotional and physical level. There’s no need for rigid structure with this tip, check out what RD Rachel Hartley has to say about intuitive movement.

  5. Take care of your responsibilities. It’s easy to try to shut down adulting, but if we accept that it’s a natural part of life we can move forward. This means owning and showing up for ourselves. Schedule that doctor’s appointment. Get in to see your dentist. Remember to take your meds. If you’re feeling a little blue, go see a therapist and talk about it. You don’t have to wait for the fire alarm to go off to show up for yourself. You get to put yourself first, always.

Photo courtesy of Ashantis Jones,

Photo courtesy of Ashantis Jones,


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