Spring is here! It's that time of year where many New Year's resolutions have faded, but with the summer peaking around the corner many people feel re-motivated to get active and set some healthy goals. Each person has their own reason and motivation behind their goals.. whether it is Doctor recommended, or personal to improve sleep, energy or productivity, or simply to be able to chase your kids around the park.
I find a common thread with most of the people I work with is that they simply want to feel their best and be their best. It's great to get clear on your "why" before setting lofty or unattainable goals. Below are some universal tips to increasing your health this season, and stick to it.
1. Drink Water
I cannot stress how important this one is. If you changed nothing else in your life, except increasing your water intake, you would see improvements in your health. Water is so very important in transporting nutrients in our system, as well as flushing toxins. It is recommended to drink enough ounces each day: take your weight divided by 2 = the number of oz you should drink, at a minimum, daily.
Life can get tough and often our response to stress is often to revert to our old habits before our new, healthier habits have a chance to take root. Common self-deprecating ways of managing stress include: over-eating or under-eating, consuming excess caffeine, sugar or processed foods, or exercising work-a-holic tenancies. If you find yourself reaching for that afternoon snickers bar energy boost, or feel tension anywhere in your body that is affecting your mood or productivity, then it is most definitely time to breathe. Close your eyes and take 10 slow deep breathes. The breath is a powerful tool that is very under-used and under-appreciated. It has the ability to reset your nervous system, calm your mind, improve your mood, and your sleep.
3. Get up and Get out
Exercise is an excellent thing for both your mental and physical health. It has the ability to boost your mood, keep your immune systems strong, increase muscle mass and bone density, heighten your quality of concentration, creativity, and quality of sleep. Basically, it's awesome! However, life, injuries, and busy schedules can get in the way of our workout plans, so try this... set aside time each day to get outside, whether for 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or longer. That is the benefit of this beautiful spring and summer weather... take advantage! Choose to take the stairs over the elevator, park farther out in the parking lot so you have further to walk to get into the store, take a brisk lap around your office building for a quick breather, ect. Get creative, but rather than skip a workout because you ran out of time, find ways to fit some outdoor activity time into your day.
Create a support system for yourself. Make your health goals know to your loved ones. They don't have to join in, but at least they can support you, or respect the time you are allocating to yourself. Utilize workout or health apps... many have built in online communities in which you can swap stories and support with others. Find a workout buddy, whether it is a friend or a personal trainer, to help keep you accountable.
5. Daily Dose
Keep your goals posted where you can see them each day. This will help you stay connected with your "why" so you can turn these habits into a lifelong transformation.
I hope these tips help you in some small way. Sometimes the smallest change or shift can make the biggest difference in the world. Now go live your best life, as your best self!
Health is Wealth