Bottom line is it must start with you. No one can make you do something you don’t want for yourself. Wanting something, seeing the future, planning and then a commitment are stages to get you to the results you desire. Sometimes it means making change slowly to build habits.
This bring me to how small changes can give you BIG change. For example, if you are looking to live a healthier lifestyle, you can start with baby steps. So many people I talk to believe they need to make massive changes to their life to be healthy. Some need more than others but we all must start somewhere so here are tips to begin those baby steps.
Get A Check Up
If you haven’t had a visit for a wellness check with your physician, or you have health issues, I recommend you see your doctor before starting any program that is changing your lifestyle.
Water is one of the most important elements to help you become healthier. Over the last several years there have been reports made that Americans may suffer from Chronic Dehydration and that some studies showed up to 75 percent of Americans may be functioning in a chronic state of dehydration. Although opinions vary on the recommended amount of fluid per day, health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses. So, what are the benefits of drinking water? Increasing your water consumption can help you focus and have more energy. It also can help with weight loss by reducing hunger if consumed prior to meals. Water will help get rid of toxins. If you are looking to help your skin, water is a natural anti-aging treatment. So, the next time you must choose your drink, choose water!
Nourish your body with real foods. Choose unprocessed, whole foods. When you eat are you thinking about what you are consuming? Are you enjoying the food by tasting and appreciating what you are eating? Are you making healthy choices? Take time out when having your meals without distractions. Learn to focus on the food, taste without rushing. No computer, phone, or television. You may find you enjoy the meals more and you will fill up faster by slowing your rate of intake and paying attention to the cues of being full.
It may be as little as a ten-minute walk but getting outdoors for fresh air and a mental break can add a world of good to re-energize your spirit. Want to lift your mood? Take a quick walk around the block.
Sleep can be your best friend and not getting enough sleep can throw your body and mind out of whack. If you have trouble sleeping find ways to control your environment to help get enough rest. Look for relaxation techniques before bed. Get into a routine to regulate your body. If you need sound buy a white-noise machine. Keep your phone, television and other distractions out of the bedroom. Providing your body with enough rest can help with decision making, willpower, and energy.
Strength is important for us all as we age. My sister had a goal to stay strong enough to get herself off the floor without help. Building your strength can help reduce depression and all sorts of chronic diseases. It can improve flexibility, increase bone mass, and lower body fat. Plus, you can do it without going to a gym. Look for body weight exercises you can do almost anywhere.
As you incorporate these small changes, you will see lifelong habits develop. Get excited. Remember you are working on your future.
“And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”
― Meister Eckhart