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21 Little Lifestyle Changes That Will Help You Get Healthier

Diet and fitness plans just weren't built to last. These small tweaks will put you on the path of healthier habits.

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1. Invest in a good water bottle.

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Whether it's polar-insulated, or you just like the feel and the design of it, having a really good water bottle can go a long way to keeping you hydrated.

3. If you have a hard time sticking to any diet, go with just one simple rule: NO MORE PROCESSED FOODS.

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If you're especially reliant on pre-packaged foods, you'll start feeling better within a week just following this one rule. Cutting out high-fructose corn syrup will make a huge difference unto itself.

6. If you absolutely must order fast food, get the kids' meal. Or order a couple things off the dollar menu.

Two things off the dollar menu and a salad. This will satisfy your craving without making you feel completely gross afterward.

7. Invest in a slow cooker.

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The food will be ready for you once you get home from work, eliminating the impulse to eat out because you're too tired to cook. And many of the recipes simply involve throwing ingredients into a pot.

8. Employ the two-bites rule.

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Take two bite-size morsels of whatever you're craving. Fill up a glass of ice cold water. Eat your first bite. Chug a glass of water. Wait 1–2 minutes, then eat the second bite.

12. Keep a pair of dumbbells under your bed and another set in your living room.

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Have a few go-to exercises and perform them when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed. Keeping a pair of dumbbells near wherever you watch television will make you compelled to do a few reps during commercial breaks or bouts of boredom.

14. Memorize the "Scientific 7-Minute Workout" and do it at least every other day.

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Forget all the other "easy workout routines." This one is endorsed by The New York Times. Read more about it here.

15. Make sure that half of every meal comprises veggies, and always eat them first.

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This is a great rule to employ if you eat out a lot. Chances are, you'll be less likely to eat an entire basket of French fries out of sheer hunger.

18. Get used to cold showers.

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If you're feeling creatively stunted or just a little brain-dead, a cold shower will jolt you back to life. It'll also encourage you to waste less time in the shower. Read more here about why you should switch to cold showers.

19. Start a CSA box subscription.

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With a fresh box of vegetables at your fingertips, you won't have any more excuses not to eat more vegetables. And since the veggies are fresh, in season, and organic, they'll taste better.