The journey to good health doesn’t always mean making big changes. Slight adjustments to your habits have an enormous impact in the long run. You can add minor changes into your routine, and over time, these changes will help ease your transition into a healthier routine.

Set realistic goals and targets. Going outside your comfort zone is great, but morale can take a bashing if it doesn’t work out. Take small steps your way through the new routine, give your body and mind time to adjust. You don’t have to do it at once, pace yourself.

Consider making the following small changes to your daily routine.

1. Reduce Your Salt Intake

Keeping a salt shaker on your dining table makes it easy to take more than you need. Excess salt in your diet can cause high blood pressure. Store your salt shaker in your pantry or cabinet, take it out when cooking and return it afterwards.

You can spice your food with garlic, herbs or red pepper as alternatives to salt.  Fill your pantry and fridge with your preferred dried and fresh herbs.

2. Get Enough Sleep

Don’t deny yourself the eight hours your body needs to recharge. Sleeping late is detrimental to your health, regardless of your workout plan, weight or age. Sleep deprivation can make it difficult to concentrate, and it contributes to stress and fatigue.

Make sure you are getting enough sleep so that you can keep your health in the best condition it can possibly be in.

3. Prepare for the Unexpected

No matter how careful you are, life has a habit of throwing curveballs. Prepare yourself for the unpredictable by getting health insurance. Private health insurance offers you easy access to treatment. The right insurance coverage looks after your interests, whether for a quick diagnosis or comfortable hospital stay.

While nobody wants to be ill, it does happen, and the sad truth is that all too often, people are completely unprepared for the effects of illness. So, while insurance will give you the best chance at treatment, it would also be good to make preparations for your life such as ensuring you have money put aside, having a strong support network and having life insurance, a will and funeral plan.

4. Be Conscious of What You Eat

Reduce your consumption of crackers, pasta, white bread and rice. Replace them with healthy, whole grain alternatives. Eat more skinless turkey and chicken and use lean cuts of pork and beef. Switch out your soda and juice for a glass of water.

Eating healthy snacks, candy, and junk food can have negative effects on your health. Chew on carrots, a handful of cashews, or fruits instead. Add a ration of vegetables to your daily diet.

Taking care of your body increases your energy levels.  Healthy habits can end stress and boost longevity. Your productivity depends on your physical and mental wellbeing. Poor health can make your daily responsibilities challenging and even hinder your ability to make a living. Making healthy choices helps you prepare for unforeseen events.