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5 Small Changes Can Lead to Big Results with Your Health

Small lifestyle changes are easier to achieve and maintain

Think you have to spend hours at the gym or switch to a stringent diet to improve your health? 

While you may believe that big changes are the only way to achieve results, small lifestyle changes can actually make a big difference to your overall health and well-being.

“When changes are too drastic, they may be overwhelming,” says Lina Dajani, MD, an internal medicine physician at Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. “Small lifestyle changes are easier to achieve and maintain. They are more likely to become habits and lead you to success.” 

Try these five small changes to make a big impact on your life.

1. Shake up your routine a little at a time

Once a week, try a new food or recipe

It’s a great way to expand your culinary skills, and you just may discover a new favorite. Tastes change over the years, and the squash you hated as a child may taste delicious as a creamy soup.

If you’re looking for ideas, try some plant-based recipes. They not only provide health benefits, they are tasty.

Take a walk after dinner, instead of watching TV

One hour of rapid walking after a meal cuts the rise in blood fats by 12 percent. Plus, it gives you valuable “family time,” away from the distractions of home.