There are a few core principles of health that deliver a lot of bang for their buck. These simple principles are the foundation of creating vibrant health and energy that will last you a lifetime. If you have less than the health and energy you want (and deserve!) then it's time to go back to basics and address the core issues. Lots of us take supplements and try crazy workout routines and go on the newest fad diet and spend a lot of money on books that promise "This is the ANSWER!" and then after a little while slip back to the previous routine that has you feeling less than awesome. (If you are one of those unicorns who has no idea what I'm talking about, then feel free to skip the rest of this post.)
So what are these keys to success?
1) Sleep: 7 1/2 to 9 hours every night. Yes, even on weekends. (Read this POST to learn more about how to make that happen.)
2) Nutrition: Eat nutrient-dense foods and minimize edible food-like substances.
3) Movement: Move your body. Every day.
That's it. I can hear a lot of eye-rolling and groaning happening now, but before you click away and say "yeah yeah, I know", wait a minute. Ask yourself if you are actually practicing all three of these basic health habits every day. Sure, we all fall off the wagon from time to time, but are you deliberately and actively setting up your life in such a way that these three pillars of health are top priorities for you? They seem like common sense, right? Sadly, common sense is not common practice.
If you know you *should* be doing more of these basics on a daily basis, but can't quite seem to make the leap, try this:
Choose one habit to reinvent for the next month. Just one. Maybe it's going to bed by 10 pm every night. Yes, even weekends. Do that for a whole month, and find out what going to bed earlier does for you. You might like it.
Then, next month, choose another habit to recreate. Maybe it's finally weaning yourself off the soda, or committing to a 30 minute walk every morning, or ditching soda and drinking only water, or... You get the picture.
The next month, choose another habit. And if it's not obvious, stick to the new habit you created in the first and second months. And in the fourth month, continue the first three habits and start a new one. Commit to six months of this and find out what changing six basic habits can do you for your life. For you Type A personalities who need more of a challenge, commit to a year. But stick with one habit per month.
If you think one habit a month won't make a difference, try it for even just three months and let me know how it goes. You just might thank me at the end...
So what habit are you going to work on first? Let me know in the comments!
If you are ready to dive in and create the habits in the four major areas of your life (Movement, Nutrition, Lifestyle and Mindset) that will skyrocket your health and energy, sign up for my e-course, "Six Weeks to Abundant Energy" now. Why wait any longer to get the health and energy you deserve?