Baby Steps To Health

by Dr. Wendy Schauer, D.C., R.K.C. on April 18, 2012

We all want change and we want it NOW! We want to lose weight, be healthier, be happier all in an instant. You and I both know that lasting change doesn’t happen overnight. It is the little consistent steps we take that get us to our goal. Most people I know are all or nothing. They jump into change and go gung-ho until they burn out three days later. They go 500 miles an hour and hit the wall.

So how do you make change? With Baby Steps. Here are some suggestions for making change.

1. Drink 1 extra glass of water a day.
2. Eat 1 extra serving of vegetables a day.
3. Walk 5 minutes a day.
4. Do 30 seconds of stretching several times per day.
5. Do 5 squats or push-ups during tv commercials.
6. Park farther from the store and take your cart back.
7. Close your eyes for 30 seconds and deep breathe.
8. Go to bed 10 minutes earlier.
9. Read 1 positive quote per day.
10. Take 5 minutes to listen to your favorite music.
11. Eliminate 1 sugary treat per day.
12. Dance (ok maybe just wiggle) to one song a day.
13. Compliment someone. It will make you feel better.
14. Write down something you want to accomplish and read it
       every day.
15. Draw a picture, even if it is a stick figure. It will help
       bring out your creative side.

By doing one thing differently than the day before you will make great changes in your life. Pick one or several of the above and start Baby Stepping today!

Yours In Health!

Dr. Wendy

Sonya Lenzo April 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Wendy, I love these suggestions! So simple and no excuse not to do them. Can I add one more? Play with a kitten…
Sonya Lenzo

Lyle R. Johnson April 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Great … you make it sound fun and easy.


Neil Dhawan April 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Hi Dr. Wendy,

Great suggestions. I remember telling people that it’s the little things, done consistenly, over time, that ultimately determines success and/or failure. These are some simple tips we can do each day. Thank you for sharing them.

Stay Amazing, Neil

Sabrina April 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

These are awesome tips! I definitely need to do #7 way more!

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Jennifer Battaglino April 18, 2012 at 7:20 PM

I love your list! Everything is “doable” and you can see how the culmination of the different items on the list can be life changing.

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Jc MacKenzie April 18, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Great suggestions: simple, fast, easy to utilize

Had my extra water today! :-)


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G.E. Moon II April 18, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Dr. Wendy,

Great tips on how to move forward to health. Thank you for sharing.

Yours In Health!

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Micro expressions April 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Dr. Wendy
Thanks for the list of easy steps to get healthy.
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Now go implement!

Peter Tamosaitis April 19, 2012 at 5:47 AM

Great tips for lasting health. Everyone should print this list out and pin it on the bathroom mirror for a daily reminder.

Kindest regards

Peter Tamosaitis

Dan April 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM

consistant baby steps is the fastest way!

Clare Delaney April 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Breaking it down into ‘baby steps’ is a great way of showing people how easy it can be!

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Margarita Slavkova April 19, 2012 at 1:27 PM

your advice is easy to swallow and to follow. :)
Really baby steps, but moving in the right direction.

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Eva Palmer April 19, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Hi doctor Wendy,
I think I am going to start practicing number 15 ;-)

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ShaneAric April 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM

12 out of 15 ain’t bad! I appreciate this. Those little things I do everyday are reinforced by your blog.

Like, when you don’t know that what you are doing is right until you read it someplace and you’re like YES!


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Lyle R. Johnson April 19, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Thanks for the list … a great resource.


Cherie Miranda April 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM

OK, I want to do ALL of these every day. :)

Seriously, starting small is an excellent strategy to implement lasting change. I absolutely love all of your suggestions. Actually, I do want to do all of them every day. :)

Thanks for another wonderful post, Wendy.

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Suzanne Laramoe April 20, 2012 at 6:20 AM

Love it! Great list. :D

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Octavio April 20, 2012 at 6:35 AM

The baby steps are really giants if I follow them with discipline. Common sense is not common anymore. Thanks for the great advice.
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Annie Born April 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Thank you Dr Wendy, Baby steps makes it so much easier to look after myself!
Looking forward to tomorrow!

Singles Personal Coach April 21, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Hi Dr. Wendy,

Great ideas for taking baby steps for improving our health, 1 action step at a time!

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Bryan April 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I really like the idea of small chnages to implement, it is much easier.

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Kevin Hogan April 29, 2012 at 6:09 AM

Baby steps, these things are amazing! Thank you Wendy for these few simple, yet effective steps that will impact our lives for the positive.

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Ignacio April 29, 2012 at 6:37 AM

paleo or dunkan or southbeach, why cannot experts and doctors agree on this?
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