6 Simple Ways to Take Charge of Your Health
Designing your healthy lifestyle includes taking charge of your environment to set yourself up for success. We are consumed with too much fast food and sugar, we are under too much stress, and don’t get enough sleep or exercise. These deficiencies can promote inflammation in your body which increases the risk of chronic pain, weight gain, and healthy sleep. Here are some simple strategies to take charge of your life!
1. Stress Management
Managing stress may be simply taking 5 minutes every day to close your eyes and just focus on your breath. It could also mean getting outside for a 5 or 10 minute walk. Whatever you prefer, make it happen.
2. Adequate Sleep
Generally you should be getting somewhere between 7 and 9 hours a night. Keep your room at a comfortable temperature if possible; when your room becomes either too hot or too cold, it can disrupt your sleep.
3. Make Your Food
When we cook our own food, we take greater responsibility for what we are eating and are more likely to make wiser choices. What do you see when you open your refrigerator? Place containers of colorful, fresh veggies at eye level so that you have an easy grab and go snack. The more often you see a particular food, the more often you will choose it
Get your head in the game. You are no longer someone who “just doesn’t exercise.” Begin anytime, anywhere. Go for a walk. Take a swim. Hop on a bike. Give Stand Up Paddle (SUP) a try. If you fail to move your body regularly, your body will fail to thrive. Move daily, no excuses.
5. Say Goodbye to Sugar
The average sugar consumption per person has increased by a ridiculous amount over the last fifty years. Today the average American consumes approximately 25 to 50 teaspoons (=100 to 200 grams) of sugar daily. The recommended consumption is no more than 6 teaspoons (about 25 grams daily). Increased sugar increases inflammation in the body. Once you remove sugar from your diet, you will drastically begin to feel improvements.
Gratitude and positivity encourage greater health and longevity. Keep a gratitude journal in which you record at least five things that you are grateful for every single day.