4 Steps to Living a Healthy Life
There’s no time like the present to get healthy. Are you pleased with the way you feel? Are you as healthy as you can be?
It does not matter how young or old you are, you can have a goal to be healthy. It does not matter how slim or overweight you are, you can have a goal to be healthy.
Now is as good as time as any for you to get healthy.
Last week I wrote about “How to Keep Promises to Yourself.” In that post I focused on making promises to live a healthy life, to build better relationships, and to develop a stronger spiritual life. I will expand on those three types of promises in the following posts.
Today, let’s think about four steps to living a healthy life.
About three years ago, I had a doctor look me in the eyes and tell me I if I wanted to live a longer life I needed to change my health. I have spent the last three years trying to discover how to life a more healthy life. It has been a challenging journey that still demands my daily attention.
I have learned there are numerous diets, workout regimes, and motivational programs designed to help a person rediscover health. One of those approaches may work for you, but I would like to share four simple steps to living a healthy life that have helped me.
1. Pay attention to what you are eating.
Eat real food. A good rule of thumb is not to eat anything in a box. If it is in a box it has been pre-cooked, pre-imagined, and colored to look like food. Focus on doing yourself the favor of preparing real food for yourself to eat.
Limit red meat, carbs, and sweets. Drink lots of water. These are all simple and basic ways to make your eating more healthy.
2. Get regular exercise.
You can join a gym, ride a bike, or walk around your block. Whatever you do, do something. If you are really out of shape you will find it hard to get started.
You will hurt the first few times you exercise, but it will get easier and more satisfying with each time you get up and move. The effects are dramatic.
3. Worry less.
Stress effects our bodies in many silent ways. The more we hang onto things we cannot control or attempt to control things we do not need to control, the more we will add stress to our lives.
Let go. If you believe God is in control of your life, then let go of your desire to determine the outcome of everything in your life.
Be honest with yourself about what truly can wait until tomorrow then let it wait.
Find ways to sit still and do nothing and discover how much better it makes you feel. It is hard at first, but you will love it once you practice.
4. Sleep more.
When I was younger I used to joke that “sleep is highly overrated.” I am now convinced that some of my health problems in mid-life are because I did not sleep enough when I was younger.
I tried to do too much for too long and too often. I was always exhausted and tired and justified my lack of sleep with my productivity.
Our bodies need sleep. We need different amount of sleep, but we need sleep. Honestly listen to your body and get as much sleep as you need. You will be more productive in less time if you are more rested.
Read all the books and join all the programs you want, but if you do those four things you will start to live a more healthy lifestyle. They are simple steps. Give them a try.