I am happy to bring you a guest article today from Sheila Olson. Sheila has been a personal trainer for five years. She believes the best way to achieve physical fitness and good health is to set and tackle small goals. She encourages her clients to stay positive and incorporates mindfulness and practices for reducing negative talk into her sessions. She created FitSheila.com to spread the word about her fitness philosophy.
Getting healthy — and staying that way — may not be easy in today’s fast-paced, fast-food world, but that doesn’t mean it has to be hard. For some people, devoting one hour a day to working out is all it takes to maintain a healthy weight. However, not many of us have an hour free every day — we have work, family, and other responsibilities that sometimes have to come first. But that’s only if you look at health as something separate from everything else — something you do in addition to your day. Let’s try looking at it differently.
One of the most effective ways to promote overall well-being is to attach head-to-toe health strategies to your everyday routines. Not sure how? It’s not as complicated as it may seem. Here are four scenarios you can adapt for your own health needs.
Getting Some Daily Cardio
We walk a lot more than we think. Even though many of us sit for hours a day hunched over glowing computer screens, we have plenty of opportunities to move and stretch. For example, park as far away from entrances as possible — at work, the grocery store, shopping or errands. Parking at the back of the parking lot will give you extra steps without having to make extra time. Take a look around you — what are some ways you can get extra steps? Take the stairs at work and walk during meals, meetings, and while listening to podcasts or audiobooks.
Managing Illness, Aches, and Pain
From headaches and nausea to anxiety and the blues, most people deal with some physical or mental health condition daily. Some people take prescription drugs to manage the discomfort, while others simply decide to live with the pain. However, those aren’t your only options. CBD is a natural, holistic option for healthy body function. An abbreviation for cannabinoid, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis that can reduce inflammation in the body and brain. While you don’t get the high sensation common with THC, CBD has been shown to elevate mood and provide relief for mild to moderate pain.
Eat Smaller Meals More Often
In American culture, we frequently rush through three large meals a day. Eating five to six smaller meals is a good way to slow it down and make healthier food choices. When we eat more frequently, we tend to consume fewer calories and commit to more fruits and vegetables. Keeping our hunger from getting the better of us sustains willpower, maintains energy, and can even help our bodies absorb more nutrients. When you grocery shop, be sure to take a list with you for ingredients that help build these smaller meals.
Start a Sleep Routine
Getting a good night’s rest is the foundation to overall health and well-being. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, start a bedtime routine. When you start the routine at the same time and same way every day, you signal to your body that it’s time to wind down — and soon your body will listen. Start by taking a warm bath, then slip into comfy pajamas. Keep the lights low in the evening so that your body’s natural circadian rhythm takes over. Finally, get those tablets out of the bedroom — TV, smartphones, and screens are proven to disrupt sleep patterns.
It’s no surprise why we sometimes dread making healthy lifestyle changes. However, when you sneak in healthy behaviors to activities you already do — we all have to sleep, so why not make it better — you make it easy, and even fun, to get healthier day by day.
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