We all want to live healthy lives. Of course. The real question is when did we decide to live unhealthy? Did we become adults and proclaim: ” I will be stressed, tired, with a medical condition and overweight.” I didn’t think so. Yet, here in Pitt county approximately 40% of the deaths are caused by heart disease and cancer.* Two diagnoses that have been linked to unhealthy lifestyles. If we are not consciously trying to live unhealthy, we must be mindful to live healthy. Here are three simple steps to get started:
- Reduce Stress. One of the easiest ways to reduce stress in your life is by getting enough sleep. Create a regular bedtime that allows you to get at 7 to 8 hrs of sleep a night. If you have trouble sleeping at night, try turning off all electronics at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Also cherry juice has been known to increase the hormone that signals sleepiness.
- Eat to live. Eating is a huge deal in our cultural, but remember food is fuel for the body. Make food selections that give you the best energy for your body. Caution not everyone’s body is the same, so when choosing foods listen less to the media and listen more to your body.
- Get Moving! Yes exercise. It can be done anywhere. With a host of activities from walking, stretching, Zumba, sports and many others, something will resonate with you. The proper way to exercise is not to injury yourself and do it often. Make it fun. If you have children, play a game of hide and seek. Remember the passive jump rope and hula hoop; well, they are back burning calories and shedding pounds. If you suffer from any serious conditions always consult your physician before beginning an exercise program.
By implementing these simple things everyday you can make a profound change in your health. It may take trail and error to discover how much sleep you need, which foods work with you body best, and your favorite exercise activities, but the discovery is all a part of your health journey. Remember staying a Healthy is a way of life.
*North Carolina State for Health Statics, 2012 County Health Data Book: February 2012
Nasha Snipes is wife, mother of two, speaker, and health coach/founder of THRIVE(Total Health Revitalization through Individualized Education).
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