What does it mean to live a healthy life? I have narrowed it down to 5 areas (or pillars) that I believe are important for happy, healthy living.
Nutrition is the most underused cure for ailments. It is key for feeling great, clear skin, maintaining a healthy weight, energy levels, and so much more! If you are eating a balanced diet full of fresh produce, healthy carbs and fats, and lean protein, you are bound to be more fulfilled. You do not have to be following a special diet or plan to have great nutrition.
Of course any movement is better than none, but the popular recommendation is at least 30 minutes per day. IMPORTANT: Any one type of exercise is not better than the other. They are simply DIFFERENT. You can run and train for a marathon and still get great exercise. You can lift weights and still get your heart rate up. You can do pilates or hot yoga and get a good sweat on. Find something you love and do it!
In my opinion, healthy relationships glue all of this together. Support and accountability from those around us make us more likely to succeed in other areas. You are 65% more likely to reach your goals if you have a support system.
Your mind plays a huge role in living a fulfilled, healthy life. Your thoughts drive your actions. Your thoughts determine how you react, how you treat others, what you eat, if you exercise, and most importantly, what you believe about yourself.
The National Sleep Association recommends 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Sleep is one of the most important pillars of health, yet sometimes the most neglected. Think about it: if you aren’t getting enough sleep, you are more prone to eat unhealthy, sugar-filled snacks, leading to weight gain. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your mind isn’t clear, which may result in not enough energy to exercise. Sleep is so important! (Not to mention the science part of it that has to do with hormones relating to growth, appetite, stress, and energy!)
In my experience, I can always improve in one of these areas! I can be great at one and really be slacking in another. I like to honestly assess myself in each pillar to determine how well I am doing, then think of ways I can be more fulfilled in my low-scoring pillars.
To do this, I use a 10-point rating scale. (Trust me, it sounds more fancy than it actually is!)
After I see where I stand, I ask myself how I can improve and what action steps I can take right now to start working towards a more fulfilled, healthy life.
I like to print smaller versions of these to keep in my planner as daily reminders.
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