So how do you make 2017 the BEST, HEALTHIEST, and most PRODUCTIVE year you’ve ever had? I wanted to give you a quick list of things you could do this week, today, right now, that would help you become healthier, stronger, and a better version of yourself. I’ll try to keep it short and sweet.
1. Drink More Water
Okay, so you don’t need to be those people who carry around a 64 oz bottle of water and refill it every two hours. (Does anyone even do that?) Typically, the recommended number of ounces for each person is their weight divided in half. But don’t stress if you don’t get it all in the first day! It’s a process, and being better than yesterday gets you much closer to your goal than giving up.
2. Sleep More, and Better
This one is hard for me. Either it’s the weekend and I’m sleeping 8 ½ to 9 hours or it’s during the week and I get like 6 (if I’m lucky). But that doesn’t mean I stop trying (see the notes on #1). The body functions much better and can heal itself much more easily and quickly with adequate sleep. So get some blackout curtains, create a sleep ritual, turn off the blue lights (TVs and electronic devices can actually signal your body to stay awake), and plan to be in bed 8 hours before you need to get up.
3. Eat Healthy
Seems like a no-brainer, right? To be healthier you need to eat healthy foods. But this is not always as simple as it seems. Please see some of our earlier posts if you’d like to explore the Paleo diet - it’s an excellent framework for getting our bodies back to eating what they were designed to. So don’t stress about being perfect (see #5 below), just eat as little processed food as possible, cook more, eat more veggies (and quality meats), and appreciate your food. Your body will thank you.
4. Get Outside
This one’s hard for me too, mostly because I live in Michigan. I like to joke that there are about two weeks out of the year that the weather is optimal for being outside. Plus I’m hyper-sensitive to the cold. But regardless, even 15 minutes outside every day can boost your mood and ground your spirit. Plus, the vitamin D from the sun is VITAL to helping your body function properly.
Okay, this does seem unrealistic in today’s society, right? There are always things to get done, and we’re ALWAYS busy. But our bodies weren’t designed to live that way. We have to find the things that calm us, like meditation, reading, walking, etc. to allow our bodies (and our minds) to relax.
6. Move (Exercise)
This one seems a little obvious, too. How else to be healthier than to exercise? Except...it may not be as simple as you think. Every exercise is not designed for everyone. For example, if you have an autoimmune disease, where your body is attacking itself and is already under a lot of stress, hard cardio workouts may not be the best for you. It’s all about listening to your body and what it needs. And notice how I just said to “move”? Don’t stress about it being lifting weights or running laps. Just get moving - do what works for you.
7. Be Friendly
What could be better than a night out with friends, right? Except I’m an introvert, and sometimes that just sounds exhausting. So going with the advice from #6, find what works for you and do it. Maybe you prefer spending some quality time with your partner, or perhaps it’s volunteer work. Or maybe it’s just as simple as getting out of your comfort zone and making conversation with the cashier at the grocery store or offering a smile to someone who isn’t expecting it. When we focus on others, our problems become less important. Just try it.
8. Get Spiritually Grounded
No matter your religion (or none at all), our bodies were designed to worship something. We can worship television, celebrities, work, relationships, or a host of other things. But do these really make us better? Figure out who - or what - you worship. And if it’s unhealthy, change it. Pray, meditate, learn, read - whatever it takes to get you focused on something bigger than yourself.
‘Cause, I mean, what’s the point if you’re not having fun? Find what tickles your funny bone, and enjoy.
10. Be Yourself
This seemed like a good one to end on. Because I (and the millions of people out here on the internet) can tell you what you need to do to be a better, healthier you, but ultimately you must decide what works for you. Following someone else’s advice can be good, but only if it fits into what your body, mind, and soul needs. So learn all you can, explore your options, then figure out what works best for you (see #6.)
So those are my 10 tips for a healthier you! What are some things you like to do to become better and healthier? Are there any you would add to my list?
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