When it comes to health and fitness, there are a lot of obstacles to overcome, but I think we can all agree it’s worth it to lead the healthiest life possible. After all, it’s a matter of life and death. Poor health leads to a shorter life and a lower quality of life, so it’s in our best interest to do what we can to improve our overall health and fitness. That’s easier said than done, of course, as most things are, but it’s not impossible. There are some small changes you can make today that will drastically improve your health. Here are some suggestions.

First and foremost, avoid processed foods. These convenient food items are everywhere these days, and for good reason. They save us time in the kitchen, and in many cases, they also save us money. However, they do this with the aid of additives like sugar and salt that severely impact their nutritional value. So, you’re going to want to replace them with home cooked meals made with fresh ingredients. The benefits you’ll see immediately, and in the long term, are well worth the sacrifice. That’s not to say, however, that you can never have them. After all, creature comforts are important for mental health, and sometimes you just don’t have time to cook. However, depending heavily on them has adverse health effects. If you’re craving something special, why not try something like Edible Arrangements, instead of french fries, for example?

Another important element of your overall health is fitness. Fitness is a struggle in the modern era, simply because we spend too much time sitting. We sit at work, or, at least, the lucky ones among us do, we sit at home. Sitting for prolonged periods of time weaken core muscles that would ideally be working to keep you upright, and this can lead to back pains, hernias, and more if left unchecked. Therefore, simply getting up off the couch and taking a walk once in awhile will do you a world of good. Another facet of fitness is, of course, exercise, and while walking counts, you’ll need a bit more. Find a workout routine that works for you and, perhaps more importantly, stick with it. You will struggle with it, and that’s par for the course. Only by struggling will you ever improve, so keep that in mind to keep frustration and the urge to give up at bay.