It's easy to forget, but walking is a critical part of living a healthy, active lifestyle. By completing a certain number of steps every day, you can make noticeable improvements to your physical and mental health.
Research suggests it can take about two months to establish a new habit, whereas breaking a habit can be a long, tedious process.
Identify a habit you want to break, then ask yourself what healthy habit you can build instead. Here are some ideas to get you started:
You’re tempted by sugary office snacks.
Try herbal tea or a square of dark chocolate instead—Lindt and Lake Champlain have single-serve pieces for less than 100 calories (available at the Massachusetts General Hospital gift shop).
You skip breakfast.
The night before, prep an easy breakfast you’re excited about.
You drink soda.
Try flavored seltzer or soda water + a splash of 100% fruit juice for a refreshing bubbly drink with less sugar.
You drink coffee in the afternoon.
Drinking coffee late can disrupt your sleep. Try green tea, which has much less caffeine and contains powerful antioxidants.
- Patient Education
- Dec | 16 | 2019
One in three women struggles with a pelvic floor disorder, but many do not seek treatment. Learn more about these disorders.
- Dec | 10 | 2019
Enjoy this healthy recipe for an innovative salad that is quick and easy to prepare.
- Nov | 12 | 2019
About half of women who have been through menopause suffer from vaginal dryness or discomfort, which can interfere with their ability to enjoy sex. The women's health experts at Massachusetts General Hospital have published research showing that safe, effective treatments can make a big difference.
- Nov | 4 | 2019
The Mass General Diabetes Center and AllWays Health Partners are pleased to announce an exciting new program, the PATH TO LIFESTYLE CHANGE.
- Press Release
- Oct | 15 | 2019
A team led by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers report that mindfulness meditation appears to help extinguish fearful associations.