5 Small Steps to Healthy Living

5 Small Steps to Healthier Living

Let’s face it. Most of us WANT to be healthy and live a healthy lifestyle, but we find ourselves battling the problem of busy lives and the constant shortage of time. The good thing when it comes to health is that small steps can add up to big benefits. Basically, every step counts. Even if I’m not out running marathons, eating a raw diet or bench pressing my body weight, I know that the small things I do each day are leading me to better health. Here are a few of the things that I make it a goal to do. After I share my “small steps”, I want to hear about YOURS!

5 Small Steps to Healthy Living



Get Moving!

I do like to try to fit in strenuous exercise when I can, but even if that doesn’t happen (which sometimes can be several weeks at a time!) I can still be sure to get in exercise each day by walking my dog, Toby. We usually fit in at least 2 miles in the morning and then shorter walks in the afternoon and evening – weather permitting. On nice days with mild temperatures we try to stretch that distance out. The more we walk the better we both feel.

Fresh Strawberries

Eat Well

The number one thing I do to try to keep my diet on track is to make a big smoothie each morning. I add in lots of spinach, frozen berries, 1/2 a banana, carrots, and other frozen fruit. That way I know that no matter what else I eat during the day I’ve already gotten in several servings of fruits and veggies. Choosing healthful snacks helps too. I like crunchy carrots or sweet, fresh strawberries. A handful of almonds is a great mid-afternoon pick-me-up – or if I’m really hungry I’ll boil an egg for myself while I do a few chores in the kitchen. Find the good choices that YOU like and make it a habit to choose them.

Reading a Book to Keep Brain Active

Keep Your Brain Active

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the “mind” part of the Mind/Body/Spirit healthy living concept. There are lots of fun ways to take this small step. I love a good book! While walking exercises my body, reading exercises my mind. It’s also a great way for me to relax and enjoy  “me time”. I always look forward to crawling in bed at night so I can enjoy a chapter or two before going to sleep. It also helps me to wind down so that I sleep better. Other fun options for exercising your mind are crossword puzzles, playing puzzle-based video games or even keeping up-to-date on current events.

Viactiv Digestive Health Chews

Check Your Gut

Balance is important in all areas of our life – including the gut! There is a simple step to help keep it balanced – NEW Viactiv Digestive Health Soft Chews. They are yummy dark chocolate 2-in-1 probiotic-derived chews that help balance your gut by feeding the good bacteria and fighting the bad bacteria.  Every little Viactiv Digestive Health Chew contains 10 billion cells of Lactobacillus LB Fermentate, 1 gram prebiotic fiber, only 1 gram of sugar and no fat. They “2-in-1” in its description refers to the fact that it helps us get both the prebiotic fiber AND the Lactobacillus bacteria, but for ME the 2-in-1 stands for both doing something good for my body and giving myself a chocolate treat at the same time! Each chew is individually wrapped, so they are easy to take on the go – stash them in your purse, keep them at your desk, wherever is convenient!

Viactiv Digestive Health Chocolate Chews

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What good is life if we can’t have a little fun with it? I always try to fit some time for plain ‘ol fun into each day. Last year we got a new basketball hoop, which is so much fun! I’m glad we haven’t had much snow this winter so we have actually been able to sneak in some winter hoops time. If the weather doesn’t allow it or I want some quieter time, I will take a few minutes of downtime to play a game on my phone or do a color-by-number or grown-up dot-to-dot puzzle.

What is one small step that YOU do for your health each day?


About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of ThriftyJinxy.com, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 9-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. Gut health is so important. A lot of people don’t realize that when your gut is out of whack, everything gets thrown off.

  2. I love this. We were just talking last night about making some healthy changes. I do love the help with digestion -I’m going to CVS tomorrow to pick some Viactiv up for myself!

  3. This is just the post I needed to read. I am trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. We have a dog that doesn’t get out enough. I am hoping to get out with him every morning. I know that getting out walking would benefit both of us.

  4. Working at a desk can be nice, but it can also mean sitting down too much. I sit down WAY too much – I really do need to get moving more often! I could also use something to help with my gut health – I will have to look into getting Viactiv Digestive Health.

  5. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    I had no idea about these Viactiv, I could really use them! We just started eating healthier.

  6. Get moving and eat healthy. I can agree more. Two things I’ve implemented in my life

  7. These are great ideas to keep your brain and body healthy!

  8. Such great tips. I really have a hard time committing to exercise. I feel like it’s always a race against the clock to get things done already before the kids get home from school. Plus, I get caught up in my work I have a hard time pulling myself away. However, I know I really need to fit exercise into my schedule.

  9. These are really awesome tips! Checking your gut is really a must when you are trying to be healthy. Thanks for the tips.

  10. Bernie Wallace says:

    I need to take small steps to improving my health. This article is a good first step. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Dana Rodriguez says:

    These are all great tips. I have been wanting to give Viactiv a try.

  12. Shawna O. says:

    Great post! Like you, I try to get moving everyday! Being sedentary is so bad for ones health, so I like to get walking around my neighborhood and/or get on the treadmill or bike in the gym. I need to work on my gut health, so I’m glad you have shared about Viactiv Digestive Health Soft Chews as I’ve not heard about their product before now.

  13. My family has been trying to focus a lot on making healthier decisions this year. These are some helpful tips.

  14. shelly peterson says:

    These are great tips to help in being healthy. I need to be more active.

  15. Christina Gould says:

    This is great advice. I’d like to try Viactiv. Thanks for posting!

  16. And me I still need to deal with drink 2 litter water everyday . It is really important with health.

  17. Jerry Marquardt says:

    I feel lucky and am thankful for fairly moderate health, so I thank you for this great post.

  18. Great tips! I think a lot of people forget that play is not just for kids!

  19. Thanks for the great information you can never know to much about being healthy

  20. Bernie Wallace says:

    I am trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Every tip helps.

  21. Sonja Samples says:

    Such great ideas. I take my dogs for daily walks already too but def going to try to go on longer ones for them & for me.

  22. trey stone says:

    I do absolutely whatever i can to stay moving and i’m only 28 – wife makes so much fun of me lol

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