At the start of each year most of us make a vow to live a better lifestyle with the goal of becoming healthier. We have good intentions to stick to the “plan.” But dang on it! something or in some cases someone always come be-bopping along decimating our well-thought-out plan.
Don’t worry. I’ve got a solution to all our woes. 🙂 A couple years ago the Mayo Clinic came up with the 12 habits of highly healthy people. Here are those habits:
1. Physical activity
3. Portion size
4. Preventive healthcare screening
5. Adequate sleep
6. Try something new
7. Strength and flexibility
9. Family and friends
10. Address addictive behaviors
11. Quiet your mind
Now looking at this list you might be thinking one of two things, 1) I already do all, if not some of this stuff or 2) Lord Jesus, where do I begin?
I fall in to category two. 🙂 And for that reason, I have to break this list down! Life has taught me when I chip away at overwhelming tasks a little at a time, I’m successful with completing them. So for the next 12 months I hope you will join me on this journey of putting into action the 12 habits to become healthier in 2017. We’re going to keep this simple and fun. Instead of referring to these as habits, let’s put some sass into it and call them All About Me goals. Because when all is said and done, it is all about a better you. Other than Jesus, no one else can take care of you or love you better than you do. Can I get an amen? 🙂
All About Me Goal 1: Physical Activity
Getting up and moving is the most important thing we all can do for ourselves. It doesn’t matter how big or small you are, how young or old you are. The important thing is that you put your body in motion. Exercising will help to keep your body strong, control weight, reduce risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. And in a lot of cases significant weight loss from a proper diet and exercise program can improve heart disease, lower blood pressure and control diabetes. It will also help to reduce stress, improve your mood and help you to sleep better. Who doesn’t want to sleep better?
You don’t need an expensive gym membership. All you need to get started is a comfortable pair of shoes for walking. I always tell my patients to start off walking 30 minutes, three times a week and to increase up to five times a week and eventually every day. If 30 minutes is too much for you then it’s okay to go at your own pace. Heck, if you like to dance and shake your booty, do that in place of walking. The most important thing is that you do some form of physical activity on a regular basis.
What type of exercise do you enjoy?
In February we’ll be focusing on the F word – Forgiveness
Until next time,