Health and Wellness Hacks to Give You an Edge

Health and Wellness Hacks to Give You an Edge

Even minor lifestyle adjustments, such as adopting a healthier way to cook — think baking instead of frying — can have a major impact on your overall health and wellness. 

If you’re motivated to take advantage of practical and useful wellness hacks that can add up to feeling and functioning better, the team at Monarque Health and Wellness Center can help.

Disease prevention is key! Learn some simple yet powerful health hacks that can take your wellness to the next level. 

Bet on yourself 

Would you be more likely to exercise if you had money on the line? Many people find extra motivation to jump-start their wellness when they’re required to spend a modest amount of money up front. Various fitness programs and apps enable participants to bet on themselves. 

These programs often match the dollar amount so participants receive double the money once they reach their fitness, health, or eating goals in a predetermined amount of time. This can be a fun health hack to keep you charging toward your wellness goals. 

Have pre-portioned snacks ready in advance

Pre-portioning snacks or keeping measuring cups available can help you control how much you eat. It's easy to consume a whole jar of nuts without thinking. 

Keeping a quarter-cup measuring cup on hand, as well as pre-portioning your favorite nuts and storing them in plastic baggies, will help you gauge a 1-ounce serving.

Replace salt with herbs and spices

We often think of salt as making us thirsty, but it may surprise you to know that salt stimulates appetite. If your goal is to cut back on calories to manage weight, replacing salt with herbs and spices may rein in your appetite and make it more manageable.

In fact, researchers found that salt barely affected thirst. Instead, salty foods can make you feel hungrier, less satiated, and cause you to eat more. Cutting back on this one ingredient may help keep your appetite in check. 

Make a habit of journaling

Daily journaling, for example at the start of your day, can help you get thoughts down and ease anxiety. Start writing down all of your ideas and concerns on a piece of paper or in the notes app on your phone. 

Next, prioritize tasks and choose the three most important one. Taking just 10 minutes to jot down your thoughts can greatly reduce your stress and help you feel more balanced. 

Try switching to a standing desk

Too much sitting is harmful to your health, increasing the risk of a number of chronic diseases, including hypertension and diabetes. There’s even a term for the health problems that can arise from prolonged daily sitting — “sitting disease.”

If you find yourself sitting and working from your desk for eight hours a day, consider switching to a standing desk and try standing for half of the work day, along with taking frequent, brief breaks to walk or stretch.

Check your vitamin D levels (and correct insufficiency)

A whopping 85% of people aren’t getting enough vitamin D. Given that vitamin D is closely linked to the production of feel-good brain chemical serotonin, and plays a key role in many functions, checking your levels and addressing deficiency should be a top priority.

Furthermore, vitamin D helps to strengthen bones, keep your neuromuscular system functioning smoothly, and even help prevent breast cancer.

Let our team help propel you to your health and wellness goals. We’re prepared to accompany you on your health journey. Give us a call at 541-326-4777 or send us a message here on our website to schedule a visit with a Monarque Health and Wellness Center provider today. 

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