Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Beth Schael

There is a saying that I have heard many people tell me all too often, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. Yes, the primary focus of this saying to not worry about the small stresses that come in and out of your life. Not so literally, you do not have to sweat in order to live a healthy lifestyle. It really is the small stuff that you do, that can really make a difference in managing your weight, preventing diabetes, heart disease and forms of cancer.

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When I say the small stuff… quite literally, they are all small changes that make a very large impact. For example, instead of sitting on that most uncomfortable office chair, head to your nearest athletic store or online retailer to purchase a stability ball. Replace that chair with your new great buy. Not only will your cube have more color, you are giving your core muscles a great workout everyday by simply sitting on it. I love Corporate America, because it is really easy to pick up a little exercise here and there. Some other suggestions: Take the stairs instead of the elevator, take a stroll during lunch, ride your bike to work, go visit your coworkers instead of emailing or calling. By parking your car at the far end of the parking lot, you are guaranteed at least and extra 100 steps that you would not normally get.

Keep a little snack in your bag like almonds, a granola bar, or even an apple. In case you get hungry, you will have something to alleviate the decrease in energy and irritation you may experience with hunger. Another saying “everything in moderation” is another small tip. When you go out to dinner or lunch, ask for a box to come with you meal. As soon as you get your food, put half of it in the to-go box. Magically, you already have lunch for tomorrow! Sodas and teas tend to dehydrate you during the day. Try something new by putting frozen fruit in your water, green teas, or some of the new flavored waters. Not only do they taste great, but they will curb your appetite during the say.

Finally, my last small tip for you is to take five-15 minutes every day just for you. Whether you just sit in your car before walking in the house, read a book or a magazine, get your nails done, sleep in a little later, pet your four legged friend, give and get hugs from your friends and loved ones. Taking a little you time has been shown to reduce overall stress levels while decreasing risk of chronic diseases.

So remember, when you are thinking about changing for the better, it really is the small stuff that can get you going. You do not need to hit the gym on a daily basis. Get out in your neighbourhood, and enjoy everything that you have around you simply by noticing the small stuff.