Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Staying Fit and Healthy: What's Your Mission?

Staying Fit and Healthy: What’s Your Mission?

People often get overwhelmed when thinking about “Staying Fit and Healthy”. Getting there is one thing, but staying there is another, right?  Staying Fit and Healthy really doesn’t have to be a big process.  It's the little things that you do each day that add up to staying fit and healthy.  There are many elements to a healthy lifestyle and remembering your mission (every day) makes all the difference.

What's your mission?  It's whatever motivated you in the first place, that's what! 

Use these tips as a guide to help keep you on the path of Staying Fit and Healthy.  It's all common sense stuff - i.e. the fundamentals.  Nevertheless, even the pros need to keep practicing the fundamentals.

 Staying Fit and Healthy

  1. Kick Your Bad Habits!
Start with just a few and work your way up.  You know what your bad habits are, and you know that you are choosing to do them.  Put your health first!  Make a list of all things in your life that you know to be unhealthy (i.e. smoking, drugs, drinking, high fat foods, high sugar foods, and more).  Categorize the worse ones in a category of “Quit” and the others in the category of “Can have in moderation”.  If you want to Stay Fit and Healthy you need to create your lists.  Things on the moderation list are doable, as long as the majority (85-90%) of your choices are mindful and healthful.  If you need help with making mindful, healthy choices, you may want to get a Free Coach that can help you stay on track and stay motivated with the changes you are making.

  1. Sleep
Sleep tremendously affects physical, emotional, and mental health.  Many of us do not get enough.  You really need a minimum of 6-8 hours of sleep per night.  Lack of sleep adversely affects metabolism, mood, concentration, memory, motor skills, stress hormones, the immune system and cardiovascular system and health.  Sleep allows the body to heal, repair and rejuvenate itself in a way it simply cannot when a person is awake.

Get good, peaceful rest.

  1. Exercise
Movement and exercise is an important part of being and staying fit and healthy.  We are meant to move and be active.  Cardiovascular exercise helps to strengthen the heart and lungs.  Strength/resistance training helps to strengthen the muscles.  Balance, flexibility and stretching helps aid in body mobility and recovery - and reduces the risk of injury.  Exercise also improves circulation, body awareness, and can help in combating depression - as well as a variety of diseases. Beachbody offers an amazing array of exercise programs that incorporate strength, cardiovascular and stretching routines.  These programs are set up to develop your fitness in a safe manner, and you can do them from the comfort of your home.

Exercise needs to be a daily habit.

  1. Eat Healthfully
Making fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains the main part of your overall diet can really help you on your mission of Staying Fit and Healthy.  Of course, you may also include lean sources of protein such as poultry, fish, and lean beef.  Eating balanced and portioned meals is what helps you maintain a Fit and Healthy life.  It's also good to stop eating before you feel very full.  Give yourself a chance to digest your food and take in the nutrients.  You also want to eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day.  This would be your breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. 

Naturally, a healthy breakfast is needed to start your day off right.  It sets you up for the day and gives you the energy and fuel for optimal mental and physical performance.  Eating breakfast will help you maintain proper blood sugar levels and a healthy weight.  You will also be less likely to overindulge later in the day.  When thinking about snacks, you want to eat whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts or a total nutrition shake like Shakeology.  Avoid highly processed foods that contain artificial sweeteners or colors, hidden sugars or excessive fat.

Remember your mission:  it all adds up.

  1. Drink Water
The majority of our bodies are made of water, as is most of the planet's surface!  Most fresh fruits and vegetables contain water that will help to keep our bodies hydrated - but clean, plain water is still the best and healthiest beverage for maintaining a healthy, hydrated body.  It is the most natural cleanser for our organs and digestive system.  Being hydrated is crucial for proper brain function, proper physical function, as well as for helping to flush toxins out through the skin (perspiration) and urine.

Remember your mission and commit to drinking a full gallon of quality H2O every day.

  1. Reduce Stress
Stress can cause a myriad of problems, from heart trouble to digestive issues.  Many people do not know how to manage their stress. The best forms of managing stress are regular exercise, healthy nutrition, meditation, doing things you enjoy, appropriate boundaries, spirituality, and being in nature.  All of these things can help alleviate the harmful effects of stress on the body.  It is also important to take breaks (vacations, mini-vacations, days off), and surround yourself with people who support you.

Remember your mission and get control of your life.

  1. Express Yourself
It's not healthy to keep emotions bottled up inside.  This can lead to mental and emotional stress, as well as physical symptoms.  Unexpressed feelings and emotions have been known to cause depression, sleep problems, eating disorders, and even physical pain.  Learn to talk about your feelings and emotions, or express them through some sort of art.  Another good tool is writing down thoughts and feelings.  This is a good way to express things you may find hard to say.

  1. Be Consistant and Persistent
In order to maintain a Fit and Healthy lifestyle, it's important to have consistency.  Consistency will lead to the big- picture results you want to obtain.  Again, remember to make changes one at a time.  Don’t make too many changes at once or you will risk relapsing into old habits.  Making these choices and having them be a part of your daily life will help you to reach your health goals.

Now you know about Staying Healthy and Fit. Implement these few suggestions and you will be on the road to success!

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