We all know how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle and to look after ourselves. It’s not always so easy to put those thoughts into action! As so many of us are juggling busy work lives along with raising a family and running a home, it can be difficult to incorporate down time and also exercise and proper meal planning into our already chaotic day to day existence.
Perhaps we should make time, force the issue. After all, we’re a long time dead! I have found the simplest way to do this is by making 2 rules for myself – easy to follow (with little reminders along the way) so long as I take a few minutes at the end of the day to evaluate them.
- I set myself achievable goals.
As I have gotten older I am worried time is going too fast! There are many things I want to achieve and ambitions I want to fulfil, and unless I start planning a few of them, then I will never accomplish my heart’s desires. Here’s three of my ideas -they don’t exactly amount to a bucket list, but my mind is much ‘tidier’ for having actioned them:
- Money is always an issue and I find myself having a huge credit card bill long after I’ve enjoyed the vacation! I have made a plan to put aside a set amount each month so that I have a fund well underway before I book my next destination.
- To pay it forward. I try to perform a little random act of kindness daily. Whether it be helping an elderly neighbour with a chore or just letting somebody queue jump at the supermarket, it helps to brighten someone else’s day!
- Skydive! One of my all-time lifelong ambitions. I’ve booked my jump date at a skydiving school fairly close to where I live. With the sponsor money that’s been pledged, the jump will pay for itself. I have accomplished 3 objectives with this one – helping a charity close to my heart, whilst achieving something most of us don’t get to do in addition to helping to conquer my fear of heights! I hope!
- To eat more healthily and drink more water
I realise that not everyone is like me when it comes to food. I have always had a tendency to put a few pounds on over the holidays and quite often I don’t lose them afterwards. So making a conscious effort to cut out as many processed and fast foods as possible has been one of the best decisions I ever made. I eat as much fresh food and produce as I possibly can, and although I don’t always know what meals I’m going to cook in advance, I can always rustle something up with fresh meat, vegetable and store cupboard items.
Along with healthy eating, I’ve also made the decision to drink more water, and less caffeine. There are so many benefits from choosing to drink 2 litres of water a day.
- It Improves Kidney Function – Our kidney’s play a vital role within our day-to-day health, so if you starve yourself of fluid intake then your kidneys can’t do their job and it could result in a nasty infection.
- It can help combat tiredness – dehydration can contribute to fatigue. Keep your system flushed through and you will begin to enjoy the effects of inner health as well as feeling less sluggish.
- It helps keeps things balanced – Roughly 65% of our bodies are made of water, so we require a sufficient amount of water to ensure our bodies can regulate our temperature and easily digest our food. It also enables passage of vital nutrients around our bodies.
- It could aid weight loss – sometimes our bodies trick our minds into thinking we’re hungry, when in fact we’re thirsty. Drinking a glass of water before mealtimes will make us feel fuller, so we eat less.
None of this is difficult – set an alarm on your phone to remind you to drink if you need to, and keep a notebook and pencil with you to jot down ideas about self-improvement – easy as pie!