As I grow up, I see the need to maintain my health. How many people are unable to enjoy life because of poor health. Many people work hard but sometimes at the expense of good health. We all know what to do but many people do not make it a priority or wait until later to make better health choices. Unless we have the energy, we are not able to maximize our best efforts. Let me summarize what works for me in no particular order:
1) SUFFICIENT SLEEP
Yes, I know we are busy and long hours is needed sometimes to complete our daily task. A regular sleeping and wake up time does wonders. We know the great benefits of adequate 7-8 hours of restful sleep. We heal, recharge, reboot, refresh, etc. when we get enough sleep. In my option, purchasing a comfortable bed is worth every penny and money well spent. We ought to love our bed. We spend 1/3 of our life sleeping.
2) CONSISTENT EXERCISE
We all know exercise is good for us. Unfortunately, we do not make exercise a top priority. For many years, I didn't exercise consistently. As I've heard it said, if we don't move, we rust. This is my daily routine. I walk 30 - 60 minutes, 5 days a week and use an IPhone app called 7-Minute Workout. I complete this exercise routine in 30 - 60 minutes but a variation of the two also works, if time is limited. Adjust per your time and energy. The important things is do something daily and consistently, even if it is just 10 minutes a day. Make sure to hydrate and drink plenty of water before and after exercise. To eliminate distractions, I exercise in the beginning of the day, first thing. I check this off my schedule and do not give myself the opportunity to find excuses.
3) HEALTHY FOODS
Knowing how to eat well is common knowledge and we all have similar diet variation. Well, this works for me. A healthy diet is deliberate. I buy groceries with intention, read labels and meal plan with vegetables, fruits, salads, low fat, very limited processed foods, no soda, limit sweets, smaller portions of chicken, fish, whole grains, brown rice and a diet low on saturated fat and cholesterol. I love dark chocolate but limited this to small portions. This is similar to a heart healthy diet many doctor's recommend.
The above three suggestions will improve quality of life. We just need to do it. Make health a priority, start slow, and stay consistent. Poor health habit did not form overnight. Good health habits also takes time to develop. Small, incremental changes long-term is ideal.
What say you? Do you have any suggestions on your top health priorities and what works for you?