It’s a simple question, right?
Yet, must of us answer with “not as healthy as I’d like to be” or, “not healthy enough at all!”.
So if we already know the answer and know that we ultimately want to become healthier, why are we not committing to change?
Does the idea of change scare you? Does the idea of change make you feel like you are setting yourself up for failure?
Oftentimes its down to becoming overwhelmed by the idea of change.
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
I encourage you to break things down into a more simplistic approach. One that is less overwhelming and more achievable.
One that then becomes far more sustainable and manageable long term.
With the New Year just around the corner, many of you reading this may be considering large and drastic changes to your health & well-being.
I strongly suggest that you re-consider your approach.
I suggest maybe taking a little more of a delicate approach. One baby step at a time.
“After all, small, daily, forward steps, cover the same distance over time than those who sprint off but become exhausted.”
― Lee Cooper
The common mistake around the New Year is for those wishing to change to bite off more than they can chew.
Giving up Alcohol, Smoking, Takeaways, mid-afternoon snacks, and deciding to eat Salads for lunch and only drink water everyday often results in hurdles too high to jump.
The dreaded outcome = failure.
Whilst the idea of being able to flip the switch and remove the items above seems a good one, even I wouldn’t suggest such an overhaul come January 1st.
Complete this task.
Write a list of 10 things that would make you healthier than you are today.
A 1-10, of ‘What would make you healthier’ log sheet.
It is simple, yes. But simple gets results.
Grab a pen & paper (the power of writing things down is important here!).
Title the page – “10 Things I should do daily, to be healthy”.
Write the numbers, 1 through to 10 down the left hand side of the page.
Now list all the things you believe you should do daily, to be healthier.
This will all be relative to the individual. So don’t set your stool out too far. Remember, we’re only taking you from location ‘A’ to location ‘B’. Not trying to run a Marathon before you can run your first Mile.
Even if it seems so simple, still write it down.
Cos’ imagine if you did what you’d been saying you intended to do for so long now?
You’d probably be in a healthier state.
10 Things You Should Do Daily To Be Healthy.
Drink 3 litres of water
Eat 9 portions of Veg
Sleep for at least 8 hours (which means going to bed earlier!)
Exercise for at least 30 minutes
Ensure good quality protein source at each meal
Eat 3 portions of Fruit a day
Get outdoors (embrace all weathers!)
Consume healthy fats
Relax and have 1 hour of ‘Me Time’
Take supplements for deficiencies (Vit C, Vit D, Zinc, Magnesium & Fish Oils)
Each day, look back at your list of 1-10. Tick off the things that you have completed that day – No lying.
How many tasks have you managed to complete?
From my list I had 7/8.
It can change daily.
But still, I have room for improvement to become healthier.
So your objective from now on, is to implement the ones that didn’t have ticks beside them. It may be 2 or 3 things, it may be 5 or 6.
Your results may show you are not as healthy as you think you should be, but now you have the answers.