Many factors influence our health. Being healthy requires daily actions, lifestyle changes, and creating healthy routines. However, research shows that there is one simple way to improve your health: tracking your progress. This can become an everyday activity. For example, you can track your daily steps on your phone, record your blood pressure numbers on a monitoring device at home, write down daily minutes of physical activity, or use a scale to monitor your weight. Tracking these things can improve your chances of reaching your health goals. For example, we know that physical activity is key to staying healthy, improving brain health, reducing risk of certain diseases, and strengthening muscles and bones. Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every day (such as fast walking), however, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), only a third of adults get the recommended amount of exercise each week. To change this, you can make a calendar and check off each day you hit your exercise goals. You can also track how much water you drink each day. The CDC shows that choosing a glass of water instead of soda or a sugary iced tea can help you manage body weight. Overall, you can prioritize the measurements most important for your health, and studies show that tracking progress can help you improve your health and reach your health goals.


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