Yes! They do! Most people want to be healthy. Many of us have gone as far as making changes to the way we eat or how much we exercise in an attempt to reach our health goals. Unfortunately, health improvements we work hard for tend to be short-lived because many times, our new lifestyle isn't sustainable. But small changes really do matter Read on. We think you'll like what you hear.
So we already gave the answer away. Small changes can and do matter. Here's what you need to know about the small changes that mean lasing impact.
At HealthCheck360, we get it. Change is hard. It’s even harder to maintain! So, we set out to determine, "How much change is enough?" The answer is it depends on your end goal. But, in studying over 100,000 participants we learned that small behavior changes translate to beneficial health improvements. This is great news! Let me give you two real-life examples of what I’m talking about:
- If you don’t currently exercise, and don't have the time to exercise the recommended 5 days per week, 1 to 2 days per week is a great starting point.
Our research showed that people who increased the number of days they exercise each week, even if by just 1 or 2 days, tend to see a meaningful decline in their weight over the course of the year. Now that's something we can get excited about!
- If you currently drink 3 or more sodas each day, and can't imagine eliminating all soda from your life, start with cutting back to 1 or 2 sodas a day.
We found that people who decrease the number of sugary beverages (soda, juice, sports drinks) by just 1 each day tend to see a meaningful decline in their blood sugar levels over the course of the year. How sweet is that?!
The above examples are true of all lifestyle choices: drinking more water, eating vegetables, increasing sleep, eating out less, not drinking your calories, and eating breakfast more often. Health benefits come from making changes to your current lifestyle that can be sustained. Rather than the “I want results and I want them now” mentality, we encourage participants to identify one, no more than two, SMALL changes they can make and stick to. To see how our participants have improved their health, check out the success stories here. If you're interested in learning more on this topic, check out my webinar on this topic here.