The more the twins and I talk, the more I realize how important it is to share with people how to be healthy. Therefore this post is to provide you with four steps to better health for today. Don’t wait until you get sick to make a decision to change bad habits. Take care of your health now so you can live a long and full life.
I share steps that you can use not just read. Let’s get into this:
Step 1: Nutritional Supplements
When I talk with my mom and several of my girlfriends, they are always stressing how beneficial these are when combined with healthy eating habits. It’s very difficult to get all the nutrients your body needs through food alone, but combining proper nutrition with nutritional supplements is very powerful.
That being said, the one supplement everyone should be taking is a good multi vitamin/mineral. Look at it as added insurance since eating well is crucial, but adding a multi-vitamin can ensure you get all the nutrients your body needs.
Step 2: Nutrition
Good nutrition is SO important. You are what you eat…remember that. Are you a hamburger? Hot dog? Make a conscious effort to gradually improve your eating habits, eating more of the good foods (nuts, berries, peanut butter, olive oil, greens, chicken, whole grains, etc.) and less of the bad foods (fried food, saturated fat, fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, etc.). Reading the label of what you’re eating will tell you a lot.
Become a label reader today. Our twins read labels all the time and will even leave things in the store if they recognize ingredients we don’t allow them to have on the label. You can read labels regardless of your age. Start reading today.
Step 3: Exercise
Exercise is the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to better health. There are so many benefits of exercising, including stronger bones and improved libido it’s a no brainer to start doing it. Your goal should be to exercise 3-5 times a week with a combination of cardio exercises and strength training (but no more than 1 hour per workout session).
It’s been measured that if you add 3 pounds of muscle to your body, this added muscle will burn as many calories as if you ran 1 mile. Muscle burns calories!
If all you do is walk, you have done enough. Walking is very good for you.
Step 4: Stress Management and Sleep
Stress management and getting good sleep each night round out your path to better health. I wouldn’t recommend being like me that functions very well on broken sleep. There are times when it catches up with me and I am very unproductive.
Until you find a way to manage your stress, it will continue to do damage to your body. Two tips you might want to implement include prioritizing your day each morning and practicing deep breathing exercises (yes, you probably already knew this, but have you tried it?).
Getting enough sleep each night is equally important when you consider your body uses this time to repair itself. You should aim for 7-9 hours each night. Two tips you might want to implement include exercising and avoiding late night eating.
You’ve got the basic information. Take charge of your health and take it a step further.