When we think about trying to be healthier it sometimes seems like it will be a hard job.
You may think of a detox or other strict diet, cutting out alcohol, running for miles, or whatever. It can seem like there’s a lot to do, so you do nothing.
But does it have to be like that?
I don’t know if you follow cycling (I don’t really), but when I was watching the cycle races at the London Olympics a couple of years ago I kept hearing the phrase “marginal gains”.
The British cycling team seemed to win more medals than anyone else and these marginal gains were said to be the key.
The idea behind this marginal gains approach is that rather than producing a big improvement in one aspect of a process, very small improvements in several areas add up to a massive overall improvement.
I’ve been thinking about this as an approach to improving health. Rather than focusing on one thing, why not just do a little better in lots of areas and let all the small health improvements add up?
So what should you be doing to produce these marginal gains in health? How can you start to be healthier today? [Read more…]