I recently read an article that I thought was extremely pertinent to everyone out there. So I decided to blog about it here so that it can reach many more eyes and minds.
Health tends to be an aspect of our lives that we know is extremely important but sometimes gets put on the back burner. Declining health and vitality robs you of the energy you need to achieve your personal and professional goals. With a little help from Dr. Peter Braglia let's go through 10 easy steps you can take to regain your health and take charge of your life.
1. SIT LESS, MOVE MORE
As humans, we are made to move. This doesn’t mean running around on a daily basis, but rather spending a good portion of our days walking, standing, and moving in general. If we don’t, our bodies rebel and our health declines. Movement is not only good for your cardiovascular health, but also for your mental health. Do some form of exercise that significantly raises your heart rate for 30 minutes at least four times a week. Remember, also, to break up your sitting and move frequently during the day.
2. GET MORE SLEEP
Sleep is often the single most undervalued behavior in our lives, and yet it has the most immediate power to improve our lives in every waking moment. If you're averaging less than six hours of sleep, aim to get just one more a night. It will leave you feeling more physically energized, emotionally resilient and mentally clear.
3. EAT LESS, MORE OFTEN
Food is fuel, and real food (healthy proteins, vegetables and fruit) are high octane fuel. You feel best when you eat in small doses throughout the day, beginning with breakfast. Try for more local and organic fruits and vegetables. Remember, the fresher the food, the more potent its nutrients.
4. REMOVE INTERFERENCE
Chiropractic care can literally change your life, and enable you to live a life full of energy and vitality. That’s because Chiropractic adjustments help reduce or eliminate interference to the nervous system. Those nerves are responsible for your everyday bodily functions. Chiropractic will help eliminate pain and inflammation, reduce fatigue, and restore normal nerve flow to all your organs, giving you the energy, drive and peace of mind to go out there and live life the way it was meant to be lived.
5. RENEW MORE
Human beings are not designed to work eight or more straight hours. We’re meant instead to alter between moving (spending energy) and resting (renewing energy). Ideally, take a break every 90 minutes, even if only to spend a minute or two stretching or breathing deeply. It all matters, it all adds up.
6. BE PRESENT
The greatest gift you can give someone is your undivided attention. After all, it’s better to be fully present with someone for an hour than physically present, but distracted for multiple hours. Shut off your phone at a certain time each day, and practice being present with your family and friends.
7. GRATITUDE ADJUSTMENT
We’re far quicker to notice what’s wrong in our lives than we are what’s right. Gratitude has tremendous power; if it is sincere and heartfelt it makes a big difference to our outlook. To help change this mindset, once a week aim to write a note of appreciation to someone who deserves it, telling the person precisely what you’re grateful for.
8. DO THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FIRST
Early in the morning, you’re likely to have the most energy, and the fewest distractions. Start your workday by focusing without the interruption on the most important or challenging task you can accomplish that day.
9. FEED YOUR MIND
Our brains work better if we challenge them, and life becomes more interesting if we do. Reading is a simple way to learn and grow, but so is building a daily practice around learning a new language, a sport, an instrument, how to fix your car, or learning to draw.
10. GIVE BACK
Lending a helping hand not only aids others in need, but it’s also very rewarding. Throughout the year, aim to take some time to add value to the world at large by supporting charities or giving back to your community.
I hope some of these tips were helpful and you can implement them into your life!