Transformation tales are very seductive — Clark Kent to Superman, rags to riches, ugly duckling to beautiful swan, you know the stories. When it comes to your health habits, though, it’s wise to set your sights on small changes rather than dramatic, frog-to-prince turnarounds. “I tell patients all the time that perfection is the enemy of progress,” says Roxanne Sukol, MD. Small, doable changes are the building blocks of good health. For example, “A few minutes of stretching is a lot more than none at all.” Trade in grand ambitions for tiny (and easy!) changes like these — or brainstorm your own — and you’ll be on your way to better health in no time.
- Get Moving: Walk for 10 minutes on your lunch break; do knee bends and neck rolls when standing in line (the more people who stare, the better job you’re doing!); ride your bike once a week and stand for 5-10 minutes each hour.
"It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen." John Wooden