13 Essential Healthy Habits

13 Essential Healthy Habits

Most people want to live a healthy, fulfilling, and happy life.

Yet many fail to stick to important healthy lifestyle goals, like losing weight or getting in better shape due to not being able to change their bad, unhealthy habits.

The trick is you have to replace your bad habits with good ones as discussed in my previous article Eliminate your Bad Habits.

In simple terms good health really is just a matter of developing the right habits that will increase your energy, keep illness and disease away, give you a toned and fit body, and establish and maintain mental fitness too.

A study published in 2009 in the British Medical Journal shows that you cut the risk of having a stroke in half by doing the following four things: being active for 30 minutes a day, eating five daily servings of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding cigarettes and excess alcohol. A pretty strong motivation I’d say.

So it is clear that to start living a healthier lifestyle, you need to incorporate healthy habits into your life. But which ones do you need to use? A healthy lifestyle is built on the foundation of healthy habits. The good news is that you don’t need to change everything about yourself at once. Just pick something from the list I’m about to give you that resonates with you, apply it consistently until it is easy, and then pick another one. It’s as simple as that. Small lifestyle changes can make a real difference to your health.

“Optimal Health is a journey taken one step, one habit, and one day at a time.” Dr. Wayne S. Andersen

Let me now provide you with the essential healthy habits you should be adopting.

1. Eat healthily by upping your Fruit & Vegetables

Fruit and Vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, yet research shows large sections of the population eat only one portion a day or none at all. A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check. They are filling yet low in calories and naturally low in fat. Contain lots of fibre which helps to keep your bowels healthy and have plenty of vitamins and minerals, which are needed to keep you healthy. Just a few really good reasons to have them in your daily eating plan.

You should eat at least five portions – ideally seven to nine portions – of a variety of fruit or vegetables each day. A portion is equal to one medium-sized piece of fruit such as an apple, three tablespoons of veg, or a handful of smaller fruits. Fruit and vegetables include fresh, frozen, tinned, or dried varieties, and fruit juice.

2. Choosing Whole grain foods for health

Out with the white rice and pasta. The regular consumption of whole grain foods has been linked by researchers to a reduction of several diseases including heart disease and cancer. Whole grain foods are an important part of your diet because they provide many nutrients which are in short supply in our diet such as fibre, resistant starch, and certain minerals and vitamins. Whole grain foods tend to be low in fat and ‘bulk’ the diet. This can create a feeling of ‘fullness’ and may therefore aid weight loss. Whole-grain versions of rice, bread, cereal, flour and pasta can be found at most supermarkets and I assure you they taste just as good as how healthy they are for you.

3. Snack the Healthy Way

It’s all too easy when we are on the run to resort to sugar and fat laden processed foods and snacks. We should eat something every 3 hours or so, therefore snacking is important, but the right snacks. I strongly recommend fruit snacks be eaten mid-morning and mid-afternoon. This makes sure your blood sugar levels don’t drop to badly and cause sudden hunger and then eating of unhealthy snacks. Having a fruit snack that is about 100 calories, give or take, will help you add to your intake of essential nutrients, can add fibre that will help you feel full. So snack away but choose fruit.

4. Eat Breakfast Every Morning

Way too many people don’t eat breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. “Breakfast like a King, lunch like a lord and dine like a pauper.” It can help to ‘kick-start’ the metabolism after sleep and gets the body going again. Your energy levels are low in the mornings, and your body needs an energy boost, in the form of food, to get you going. And that is one of the reasons why eating breakfast is of utmost importance. By eating a healthy breakfast, you set a positive tone for the day by having made a good health decision right away. You won’t then a few hours into your day find yourself starving and heading for the nearest bar of chocolate.

5. Drink Plenty of Water

Drink a minimum of eight cups of water every day. We all know that water is a necessity of life, but that doesn’t stop us from not drinking enough of it. Monitoring your water consumption is an essential part of good nutrition. Water makes up 45% to 70% of a person’s bodyweight and a person can survive only a few days without water, though it can go nearly a month without food. Water is needed by every living cell and almost every process that takes place within the body is dependent on water. Drinking water and other fluids is absolutely vital to keep our body healthy and in good working order. Most people don’t drink enough water for their daily activities, let alone to compensate for water lost through sweat during exercise. Turn that tap, fill a water bottle and keep it by your side. Then keep drinking from it.

6. Drink Green Tea Every Day

Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. Studies have found green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure. Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. Basically its good for you and refreshing. I love mine flavoured with Lemon.

7. Be Active

Make leisure time active time. Don’t sit on that couch watching TV all night. Pick up an activity monitor and begin to move more. The recommended number of steps is 10,000 a day. Avoid being sedentary by moving around for 2 minutes out of every 20 minutes sitting down. Physical inactivity contributes to the development of more than 20 chronic conditions and diseases – so being really active makes sense. On the weekend wash your car instead of taking it to car wash, walk to the shops, go dancing. Find ways to get active that you’ll enjoy. Yep tell your partner Larry said its healthy so go do that too.

8. Vigorously exercise

Our bodies need lots of physical activity to work well. The exercise we do needs to be vigorous. Just get out there and get your heart rate up. A good general goal is to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily. High intensity training has been shown to be more effective than other forms of training. The key principle of high intensity interval training (HIT) is alternating short periods of maximal effort with less intense recovery periods. Read about it in a previous article. HIIT Training.

Walking is excellent for you and is an activity that anyone can do and doesn’t require any equipment.

If you feel you can do a bit more, building up to more energetic exercise and adding in some strength training will increase your fitness and with it the benefits to health.

9. Get enough Sleep

Shakespeare described sleep as “the chief nourisher in life’s feast”, acknowledging that for most of us deep rest is necessary for keeping body, mind and spirit in good form. Sleep is a natural part of everybody’s life, but many people know very little about how important it is, and some even try to get by with little sleep. Sleep is important for our minds and bodies to function normally.

Getting enough continuous quality sleep contributes to how we feel and perform the next day, but also has a huge impact on the overall quality of our lives. Getting enough sleep refers to the amount of sleep you need to feel rested and alert the next day. Most sleep experts recommend 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Although some people can get along with less sleep, others find they need as much as 10 hours per night to feel rested the next day.

10. Use stress management relaxation techniques

With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. Your stress and tiredness could be making you unhappy, impatient and frustrated. It can even affect your health. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation, or progressive muscular relaxation, two stress management relaxation techniques, can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance. All day, every day, your mind will be whirling to the tune of its own internal drama. You are subject to constant sensory input, your reactions to every single incident, every scrap of memory, every concern about the future, all tumbling through your mind. It is so essential to just take time out to relax both your mind and body. It really does help.

11. Practice Good Hygiene

You should make every effort to keep yourself clean and therefore healthy. Along with a regular bath or shower, you should also be practicing good dental habits, which means brushing and flossing for a few minutes every day, morning and night. Good hygiene keeps you smelling like a socially respectable person, helps prevent the spread of infections, improves food safety, and just makes life more generally clean and pleasant. Please wash your hands after going to the bathroom or before handling food, keep your living space relatively clean, etc. It will do good for you.

12. Practice gratitude

Your wellbeing is central to a healthy lifestyle. Your worries, anxieties and troubles are its worst enemy. A positive attitude is essential for peak living. One of the key parts to a positive attitude is to acknowledge what is already going well in our lives and appreciate them for their value. This is an attitude of gratitude. Showing gratitude is not to deny life’s difficulties. No doubt you are experiencing, or you have experienced, many challenges, uncertainties, and disappointments in your life. Gratitude balances out your tendency to focus on the negative, and can even lift a dark mood. You find the things in your life, no matter how small that you can be thankful for.

13. Live a Balanced Life

A balanced life means you give equal consideration to all aspects of your life: relationships, work, fitness and health, and emotional well-being. The challenge is to balance what we must do with what we enjoy and choose to do. This is not always easy. If, however, we are unable to reduce stress and manage a well balanced life there can be physical and/or emotional health consequences. A well balanced life is essential for personal effectiveness, peace of mind and living well, as well as being essential to good health. So ignore none of the important areas and you’ll enjoy the benefits in many ways.

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” Thomas Merton.

There you are 13 good healthy habits for you to slowly introduce into your life. Remember one small step at a time.

Enjoy good health.

 

 

Eliminate your Bad Habits – Rules of Healthy Living

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As promised in my article 10 Essential Rules of Healthy Living I will be expanding on each of the rules, starting today with Eliminate your Bad Habits.

If you are someone thinking about establishing a healthy lifestyle then this is a must read for you. Your goal is a good one, essential if you’re going to enjoy a life of good health, but it is a challenging one, particularly if you have many bad, entrenched habits.

Are you thinking about being more active? Trying to cut back on fattening foods? Are you starting to eat better and be more active but having a hard time sticking with these changes? Perhaps you’ve taken that big step and are trying to quit smoking.

You will know by now the meaning of the saying ‘Old habits die hard.’ Changing your bad habits is a process and sometimes it takes a while before changes turn into new habits. You may face challenges along the way. But adopting new, healthier habits can protect you from serious health problems in the future. So it’s worth persisting. After a while, if you stick with these changes, they may become a part of your daily routine helping you improve both your lifestyle and your health.

A habit is a learned pattern of behaviour that is repeated so often that it becomes automatic. Often there is a particular stimulus, or trigger, that activates the automatic behavioural response. Certain habits can be helpful, like the habit of brushing your teeth before going to bed or buckling your seatbelt when you get into a car. These are habits that a person builds on purpose, to achieve a positive objective.

When you woke up this morning, what did you do first? Did you jump into the shower, check your email, or grab a glass of water from the kitchen? Did you brush your teeth before or after you had breakfast? Tie the left or right shoe first? What did you say to your kids on your way out the door? Which route did you drive to work? When you got to your desk, did you deal with email, chat with a colleague, or jump into writing a memo? When you got home, did you put on your trainers and go for a run, or pour yourself a drink and eat dinner in front of the TV? Our life is a mass of habits. Just take a few minutes and think of all the habitual behaviours you carry out every day.

Some habits are not good for you, and they can cause distress or be damaging you in some way. Even the worst drinkers or chain smokers reading this know that your habit is having a harmful effect on you.

These bad habits are preventing you from healthy living, there is no doubt about that. You may not want to admit the effect they’re having on you, but they are. If you are committed to your health, then you have to admit to your personal bad habits, acknowledge their destructiveness and set about changing them. Stopping these bad habits, will increase your odds of being happy and healthy.

So hands up, admit to what they are. I’m not asking you to put your answer into a comment, I won’t be that cruel; but just admit these things to yourself.

Whether it be emotional eating, drinking alcohol in excess, smoking, having a sedentary lifestyle, not getting enough sleep or another bad habit, like spending hours on Facebook, looking at porn, or watching TV for hours on end, the time has come where you replace these habits with far better and healthier ones.

If you’re serious about having a healthy lifestyle, you need to change your bad habits, it’s that simple!

Getting rid of bad habits for healthy ones promotes your overall health and can protect you against medical problems like heart disease or cancer. So it is definitely something worth you doing.

By identifying your bad habits, replacing them with healthy choices, and then maintaining them, you can change your health. So get started and get rid of your bad habits once and for all.

The problem is that we get so comfortable in our ways that it’s hard to give up those old habits.

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.

A Process to Eliminate Bad Habits

Once you’ve developed a habit, and have had it for a while, your brain stops fully partaking in decision making. It stops working so hard, or focuses on other tasks, because this habit, whatever it is, happens automatically. To rid yourself of it, you have to have a process to follow. Let me help you by providing the process you need to go through in order to change a habit.

Step One: Recognise the Problem

You first need to recognise the bad habit and acknowledge its harmfulness. Be it the amount of daily intake of coffee, cigarettes, the internet or cheesecake, once you admit your bad habits only then can you start taking action on curbing it. It is time for you to be self-aware and self-honest, determining those habits which don’t serve you – which are destructive in some way. Smoking, excessive drinking and eating junk food are the obvious habits people try to give up.

Step Two: Why do you engage in this bad habit?

Examine the setting of your habit. When does it happen, what instigates it? Just think about it for a little while and think about the situational and emotional context that triggers the habit. This can help you to see why you do it. . Often, habits have become so ingrained that we don’t even notice why we do them. Developing awareness noticing when you are doing it and under what circumstances and what feelings are attached to it, will help you to stop it.

Step Three: Why change it?

You need to list down the reasons for changing the habit, exactly why you want to get rid of it. By determining the strong emotional reasons why this habit is bad for you, why you have to stop, will help you to bring about the change. Will it help reduce your risk for serious health problems, increase your longevity , give you more energy?

Step Four: Determine how committed you are.

You have to figure out how you are feeling about changing your habits. There are 4 stages of change.

  1. Contemplation – In this stage you are considering change but you are not ready to start. You believe that your health, energy level, or overall well-being will improve if you develop new habits but you are not yet ready to do what is necessary to successfully make the change.
  2. Preperation – You have decided that you are going to change, you are making plans and figuring out specific ideas that will work for you getting ready to put your plan into action and get started.
  3. Action – You are acting on your plan and making the changes you set out to achieve.
  4. Maintenance – You have become used to your change and just have to keep things going, and never fall back into your old ways.

You now need to be at stage 2, preparation, ready soon to begin taking action at stage 3. If you’re not there yet, go back to step 2, and ensure your reasons for doing this change are big enough to make it a ‘must do’.

Step Five: Swap a bad habit with a good one

For a new habit to stick you need to replace the bad one with a good one. However bad your habit may be, getting rid of it without replacing it with something new is going to leave a big void in your life. It can often be much easier to stop your bad habits if you have another habit to fill its’ place. Make sure this new habit is a healthy one.

Step Six: Stay Committed

Willpower counts. You might be determined to break a bad habit, but the withdrawal symptoms will soon kick in and challenge you to return to your bad old ways. You need willpower to not give in. Willpower or self control is simply your ability to make a decision and stick to it. But while it can seem so easy to decide to eat a healthier diet, do regular exercise or quit smoking, the actual doing of it can be so hard, but once you decide to break a bad habit, you must stick with your decision. Make no exceptions.

Step Seven: Track your progress

Track your progress by using a physical activity log or keeping a journal. This will help you to stay on course. Focus on your results. Journal how things have been, record what has happened, show the process the attention it deserves. When people successfully give up smoking they count every day they’ve stopped and check on how their health has improved or see the money they’ve saved. So you need to reflect on your progress and what it has meant to you no longer doing this bad habit.

Step Eight: Reward Yourself

Think up some healthy reward or treat, and use them to keep you on track.Plan to reward yourself with something like buying that new piece of clothing or going on that trip when you have successfully avoided the habit for 6 weeks, demonstrating to yourself the importance of stopping this bad habit.

A lot of hard work. Probably many attempts, and many failures. Just remember the effort is worth it because the reward is good health. Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped. Bear in mind as the saying goes ‘Rome wasn’t built over night. Research shows that it takes 92 days or near over two months to inculcate a new habit in anyone. Changing your bad habit is worth it so persist.

10 Essential Rules of Healthy Living

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The right healthy living behaviours can help to prevent or manage many chronic medical conditions.

Without health, life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering. Francois Rabelais

With dramatically rising rates of preventable chronic diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and several types of cancer, “healthy living” needs to become a way of life.

Alas many people are inadequately prepared or knowledgeable to get started on making the necessary healthy changes.

Healthy living refers to practices consistent with supporting, improving, maintaining and/or enhancing health. Healthy Living requires making healthy choices every day. It makes sense because as I’m sure you already know if you are not doing everything you can to improve your overall health you are jeopardizing the quality of your life, leaving yourself at risk of ill health.

There is a growing body of scientific evidence that shows our lifestyles play a huge part in how healthy we are, and when for too long you have a bad, unhealthy lifestyle the consequences can be disastrous.

It is an undeniable fact that what you eat and drink, how much exercise you do, whether you smoke or drink alcohol, the amount of sleep you get, your levels of stress, all are factors that affect your health, not only in terms of life expectancy, but how long you can expect to live without experiencing chronic disease.

Therefore it is essential you do everything you can to ensure healthy living is central to your life.

You have the power to change the choices you make for your future. If you want a different outcome then you must accept that what you’ve been doing up until now is not working, so you must make a change. The only person that can change your life is you.

If you keep going on auto-pilot, ignoring the signals that your body gives you, then you’ll end up sacrificing your health and happiness. If you commit yourself to healthy living you give yourself the best chance for health and happiness.

Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well; and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man. James H. West

You must make healthy living a priority in your life. If your health is important to you then you will make healthy living a priority.

To help you with this let me provide you with 10 rules of healthy living.

1. Eliminate your Bad Habits

Bad habits are preventing you from healthy living, there is no doubt about that. You may not want to admit it, but most of us have at least one bad habit. If you are committed to your health, then you have to admit to your personal bad habits, acknowledge their destructiveness and set about changing them. Stopping these bad habits, will increase your odds of being happy and healthy. Whether it be emotional eating, drinking alcohol in excess, smoking, having a sedentary lifestyle, not getting enough sleep or another bad habit, the time has come where you replace these habits with far better and healthier ones.

2. Eat Healthily

Your body requires a well-balanced diet every day in order to maintain the adequate amounts of vitamins, nutrients and minerals needed to maintain a healthy body. Healthy eating can help you control your weight and reduce risk factors for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other health problems such as high cholesterol. There is much written about what healthy eating entails. In my experience a well-balanced diet should consist of complex carbohydrates, protein, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and lots of water. Saturated fats, sugars and salts should be kept to a minimum.

3. Drink Plenty of Water

Water eliminates toxins, increases energy, aids in weight loss, and promotes better brain function. Water is your most important nutrient. You can live only three days without it, and it is involved in every metabolic reaction in your body. Yet most of us don’t drink enough. When we are properly hydrated our heart and blood vessels work much better, along with all of our other bodily functions—we think better, our strength and endurance are better, we feel better, we are healthier, and we will live longer. I recommend a minimum of 2 litres daily. Get drinking!

4. Get Active & Exercise your Body

Moderate exercise can improve your quality of life by firming muscles, controlling weight, strengthening the heart and lungs, improving circulation and digestion, burning calories, and building strength, endurance and flexibility. We first appeared on this earth as hunters and gatherers, with bodies designed to move. We we’re not designed to sit in a chair all day. Sorry for telling you that but it’s true. Daily physical activity can greatly improve your quality of life and lifespan. For healthy living, aim for a total of at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, which is 30 minutes on 5 days. Walking is a great starting point.

5. 8 Hours of Sleep a night

Lack of rest weakens your immune system and makes you susceptible to illness and disease. Taking time out for quality shut-eye is a key component of healthy living. Research shows time after time that the average adult needs six to eight hours of sleep each day. If you aren’t getting a good eight hours of sleep a night, you may suffer from sleep deprivation which has a very negative impact on one’s health.

6. Power up your Morning

What could be more important than starting the morning perfectly and being energized and optimistic? Have you ever noticed that when your morning gets off to a bad start, everything just seems to go downhill from there? You need to create a healthy morning routine beneficial for your physical and emotional health which you perform for one hour immediately after wake up. As you adopt these new habits into your life, you will find that your overall health improves; you will stave off stress and support wellbeing. Within this hour you can include exercise, stretching, deep breathing, visualisation, journaling, and affirmations which together will create an empowered morning routine that gets you out of bed excited and raring to get started.

7. Develop a Positive Mind & Self Image

A healthy life begins on the inside. When you power up your mind with positive thoughts and energy, it will empower you to change your life in a positive way, to positively shape your life, to help you create, live and enjoy the life you’ve always dreamed of.   Loving yourself is a key to a healthy, happy lifestyle. Self-esteem is all about how much people value themselves; the pride they feel in themselves, and how worthwhile they feel. Self-esteem is important because feeling good about yourself can affect how you act. We are all driven internally by our own perception of who we are. Low self-esteem and negative thinking are major impacts on your health, both physically and mentally. You need to program your mind for total success.

8. Practice Stress Management

Effective stress management is another key to healthy living. Stress can have a negative effect on your well-being, effect your sleep, lessen energy levels and cause a variety of illnesses. Stress isn’t preventable, but learning how to deal with it effectively can prevent it from negatively impacting your health. Practicing positive self-talk, eliminating unnecessary stress, taking time away from work to relax keeps your stress levels manageable. Reduce your stress level by using progressive muscular relaxation, visualisation, affirmations and meditation all proven to reduce stress and increase a feeling of well-being.

9. Just breathe

The way you breathe has a dramatic effect on your sense of wellbeing. Many people breathe poorly, without even realizing it. It’s important to maintain proper breathing. Always—even when you are just walking around—breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth so as to breathe in clean oxygen and remove that which your body has already processed. Also by breathing from your diaphragm allowing your belly to extend, instead of your chest, on every inhalation; you will be drawing the air deep into your body, so much better for you than shallow breathing.

10. Life must be in balance

A fully balanced life is required for health and happiness. We each have different areas of life that are important to us. For example Health & Fitness, Emotions, Relationships, Finances, Career/Business, Family, Friends and Self-Development. All aspects of one’s self, must work in harmony to achieve healthy living, so you need to create a balanced life … spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and financially. All of the key areas of our lives overlap and interlink, effecting each other so to live a contented, happy and healthy life you must not ignore any one of them.

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you. Joyce Meyer

By following these 10 rules you will be giving yourself the best chance for health living. Over the next month or so, I will provide more detail about each of the rules by writing a separate blog post for each. So look out for the Healthy Living Series of articles.

Do you find it difficult to stay motivated when trying to make changes to your health? Are you aware that changes must be made in your daily life but you don’t know where to begin? If so then health and wellness coaching might just be the solution you have been seeking. Check out my coaching services. Why not arrange to have a 30 minute free consultation.

How Important Is A Healthier Lifestyle To You?

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My question to you today is how important is a healthier lifestyle to you? So many people set a goal to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, add more energy to their day, to feel physically fit and vibrant and feel great inside and out, as well as to look good. But more importantly than all that, they need to do everything they can to enjoy good health now and in the future. The good news is, it can all be achieved by establishing a healthier lifestyle.

But why would you want to?

I would guess that you are here because you want to live healthily and know how important it therefore is to establish a healthier lifestyle. But why actually are you here, what has made you now decide to find the way of establishing a healthier lifestyle?

A simple undisputable fact is that by improving your lifestyle you will improve your chances of living longer and enjoying good health on your journey through life. Have you only just come to realise this?

Statistics show that Illnesses associated with a poor lifestyle are becoming more prominent and of course have a considerable impact on an individual’s health. Have you recently been ill?

Maybe you’ve decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle; to lose weight; to help prevent an illness; to make more of your life; to simply just start feeling better, or to help you create a better balance in your life.

I’d take a pretty safe bet, that there’s been a recent event that has now given you an extra motivation to finally make that step to implement changes in your life. It’s pushed you to take action. Whatever your reason just know a healthy lifestyle is within your reach.
It doesn’t matter, in truth what your lifestyle is like right now, or how good or bad your health may be.

I’m sure many of you will have experienced recent periods of ill health. The struggles and effects of this have acted as a wakeup call and you’re determined to shout out ‘no more illness, I want to enjoy good health’ and you know it’s essential that you succeed in this wish.

Health problems can very quickly stop you enjoying life and can lead to a spiral of negative feelings. They can affect your self-esteem as you struggle to take care of yourself and carry out your responsibilities. Health problems can stop you achieving your dreams, can cause conflict with loved ones, can prevent you working and stop you enjoying your life. I’ve now experienced this for myself.

If you haven’t experienced bad health, take heed of this warning, get your lifestyle right to protect you against the potential dangers and avoid bad health before it is too late.
When our health begins to decline, everything about life suffers. That’s why is important to take a proactive approach to your health. Sitting back, not taking control of your health, and simply accepting the status quo is a guarantee that you’ll experience even worse health problems in the future.

Dealing with a chronic illness for the past 6 years has led me to realising even more than ever before the importance of a healthier lifestyle. As a Gym owner, fitness instructor, healthy lifestyle blogger I probably took it for granted, and I certainly never realised how hard it was to recover from ill health. It reminded me it’s important not just to talk the talk, but walk the walk as well.

Following my blindness in one eye my health spiralled down and out of control. For a long while I struggled to cope. Forcing myself to once again practice what I preached, actually walking the walk turned my life completely around. Living a healthier lifestyle that included all dimensions of my being; my mind, my body, my spirit and the environment I choose to live in. By once again living this healthier lifestyle I experienced profound improvements in my physical, spiritual and mental wellbeing, and that’s exactly what I want for you.

Key to me were the compelling reasons I felt inside for doing it. It was these reasons that gave me the power to see it through and stick with it. It was them that got me out of bed at 6am to do my ‘hour of power’ even though I still felt exhausted, empty of energy, no strength. The same reasons saw me preparing and cooking meals from scratch instead of eating unhealthy ready meals as I’d been doing before. Switching my Lucozade orange drink, which I’d consume 3 or 4 bottles a day to drinking water. Each of these things I found hard but my reasons kept me going as will yours.

So what are your reasons?

Here are some examples of why you may be here:

  1. I often feel blue or depressed.
  2. I feel lethargic midmorning or mid-afternoon.
  3. I often experience an overall feeling of fatigue.
  4. I wake up frequently during the night and experience poor sleep.
  5. I am not accomplishing as much as I used to at work.
  6. I have difficulty with sexual arousal, low libido, less intense orgasm, or poor erections.
  7. I am prone to irritability/emotional swings/anxiety.
  8. I lack stamina.
  9. I have experienced poor health and want to feel far better.
  10. I want to avoid experiencing major illness.

Many of you will have even more compelling reasons than these, but you’ve got to work out exactly what they are.

For me getting myself out of the dreadful spiral of ill health was essential for me. I was determined to bring about the changes required to move from illness to wellness. I was so determined to see my grandkids grow up and be there for both my daughters’ weddings. There are so many things I wanted to enjoy in the future that I was both inspired and empowered to get myself back into shape, fit, energetic through implementing a healthier lifestyle. You need to see exactly what is empowering you.

To start, you need to think about why you want to bring about change.

Developing a health goal is critical. Are you at risk for cancer or other chronic illnesses based on family history or your own behaviour? Are you thinking of trying to start a family in the near future? Do you tend to get sick a lot or suffer from stress, asthma or other conditions?

Ask yourself some questions.

  • Exactly what do I want to change?
  • What are my personal, most powerful reasons for wanting this change?
  • What will my life look like when I’ve made the change?
  • What could get in the way of my success?

Your answers to these questions will help you focus and give you the motivation. It’s also critical to find your own reasons for change, not your spouse’s or your doctor’s. If you’re doing it because you should, not because you want to, the chances of success aren’t that great.

Change is hard. There’s got to be something in it for you otherwise you won’t do it.
For one of my clients he had major issues that finally made it a priority for him to implement a healthier lifestyle. Last year, he spent more time in the hospital with treatments and surgeries than in all other years combined (thank goodness, the problem has been forever resolved!). And his wife has been plagued with yet-undiagnosed health issues, too. On top of that, he lost some friends and family members.

For others it is smaller factors that edge away at your resistance to change. For another client it was the combination of not being able to keep up with his grandchildren, none of his suits fitting him and being diagnosed with high blood pressure, it took all these to finally make him seek out the path to a healthier lifestyle.

Maybe you want to reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and more! You want to feel better, have more energy and reduce your risk of other illnesses. Maybe it’s simply you want a better quality of life which would come about from making improvements in your health.

We all have the power within to improve, to change, and to succeed. All we need is the desire to make it happen. For you to effect change, making a change must have value to you.

The first step is to get clear on your why. Only you have the key to unlock the door of good health. If you are ILL now, change the way you are living … If you are lacking in energy, debilitated by stress, don’t fit in to your clothes, change the way you are living.

Healthy Living is not a maybe, it is a must do. If you focus on the right steps of healthy living – you will begin to experience optimal health as every positive thing you do affects each and every aspect of your life – health – physical and emotional well-being.

My advice to you is before you try to begin implementing a healthier lifestyle, it is essential you find all the powerful, compelling reasons it matters to you, if you truly want the strength and courage to see it through. If you don’t have strong reasons you’ll begin to think of all the sacrifices you’re making, like giving up chocolate, cutting back on alcohol, exercising every day, to name but a few things that many of you won’t look at with glee.

As a saying goes, once you know your why, you’ll find your how.

Good luck with your journey towards a good, long term healthier lifestyle.

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Healthy Lifestyle Quiz

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If you’re interested in adopting a healthier lifestyle, needing a boost of energy, looking to lose weight, then you will find this evaluation enlightening as well as a real eye opener to the state of your current lifestyle.

Your present environment and behaviour have a direct correlation to your weight. Only by changing some behaviour can you free yourself of the environment and circumstances that are making a negative impact to your health. Making long term changes in important aspects in behaviour is no easy matter… Take the Healthy Lifestyle Quiz below and we will show you where you currently score on our unique 70 points scoring system.

If you score 40 points or under on our healthy lifestyle quiz we can guarantee that you will be putting on weight. It might not be noticeable immediately, but over time, you will become overweight.
If you score 40-50 points you will not be putting on weight but you wont be losing any weight either. This is the ideal score if you’re currently healthy and looking to maintain your current weight.
If you score over 50 points you are guaranteed to be losing weight.

Let’s find out your health score now! Simply complete all 15 questions on the quiz below and we’ll be able to calculate your score and show you how healthy you are today.