Are you ready to start living a healthier life but are afraid of making some large commitment? Perhaps you have good intentions every New Year, and then once those plans go by the wayside you become discouraged and wonder what the point is. The following small steps to living a healthier life don’t require expensive investments. The only investment you need to make, is in yourself.

1. Go for a Walk- A daily walk isn’t just good for your body, it’s a wonderful way to nurture your spirit, organize your thoughts, and decrease stress levels. You don’t need a canine companion to give you the boot. Make it a daily goal to walk somewhere. And the next day, make it a goal to walk a little further.

2. Drink More Water- Instead of seeing drinking water as a chore, understand the importance of staying hydrated. Drinking lots of water is a well-known beauty secret as well. Keep a glass by your bedside and drink before bed. When you wake up, before brewing a pot of coffee or steeping a cup of tea, drink another glass.

3. Get a Massage- Massage is not just relaxing, it helps to remove dangerous toxins from your body and also stimulates your circulation. Massage doesn’t have to break the bank. Instead of getting your nails done, why not opt for a rubdown instead? A partner can also provide a loving massage and that costs nothing more than spending quality time together. Trade off, and you’ll both reap the rewards.

4. Eat More Vegetables- Try starting every dinner meal with a salad. Fill up on your greens and veggies before consuming your main course or the desserts.

5. Get Sleep- Sleep is vital in promoting good health. Avoid alcohol or stimulants before bedtime so that your time spent under the sheets is peaceful, relaxing, and restorative.

These small steps to living a healthier life don’t require much commitment, but they’re certain to make some positive changes in both your body and mind. Start today and make every day a mission to living a little better. Soon, a healthy way of life will become as natural as it should be.