When we break it down, practicing healthy habits is rather elementary. It can also seem rather complicated.
Since school is back in session, I figured it’s the perfect time to get back to basics. Here’s a simple review of the ABC’s of getting your weight, energy, and health, in check. And don’t get scared, there aren’t as many basics as there are letters of the alphabet.
My first basic for consideration: Are you drinking plenty of water? The usual response I hear is, “probably not.”
Before you do anything crazy, really get your water intake to a level that works for your body. A good quantity to begin with is your weight divided by two, in ounces. Some days, you may need more.
Signs of dehydration include headache, fatigue, muscle cramps, and foggy thinking, just to name a few.
When you feel hungry, first have a glass of water, since sometimes you are really thirsty—or bored. Start your day by drinking one to two glasses of water, and always take your water when you leave home.
The next basic is to slow down your eating and savor the experience. Being aware of what and when you’re eating may be a wake-up call. (“Gee, did I really just eat the entire bag of chips? Oops.”)
Are you truly hungry? Is what you’re eating delighting your taste buds? Or are you wolfing down whatever is within reach?
Spend about 20 minutes eating your meals. If that seems like an eternity, add a couple minutes at a time until you reach the goal. Enjoy the food and the people you are sharing the meal with. If you typically eat alone, plan some meals during the week with a friend.
Closing out today’s lesson with the reminder to move. A gym membership is not a requirement to do this. Consider activities that sound fun and are easy to accomplish, and go from there. Begin by doing something once or twice a week. When it works to increase that goal, go for it.
When we do something in life with intention and commitment, it’s a game changer—even if it seems simple.
Have fun playing your game.
P.S. Need some help with your game? If you’re ready to be intentional and committed, let’s talk. Send me an email and we’ll get started.
“Most people fail not because of a lack of desire but because of a lack of commitment.”— Vince Lombardi