Hump Day Motivation

For your cold, windy, and snowy Wednesday….

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Hump Day Motivation

I really like this quote, probably because I  hear this excuse every day.  I’m glad I finally found somebody else who agrees with me..

Make time to do what’s important to you!  Get out and get after it!!!

10 Things Healthy People Do Everyday

You look all over the internet these days and there are lists for just about everything.  It’s kind of like the iPhone line “Yeah, there’s an app for that.”  If you look hard enough, you can probably find a list for damn near anything you search for.  As annoying as that is, every once in a while, you will find one that is actually worth checking out.

There are many of these out there, but I this morning I came across a list of “10 Things that Healthy People Do Everyday.”  I took a look at it and saw a few things on there that I do every single day, and some things that I should probably do more of.  You can check out the website here, or you can read them below.  Notice numbers 1 and 6.  To me, those are the two biggest ones on the list.

 

Ten Things Healthy People Do Every Day

Ten things healthy people do every dayI know what it’s like to be stuck in a rut – I’m sure most of us do. I tell people that daily walks and smoothies saved me from a life of overweight and depression. These healthy habits have become a part of my lifestyle, that contribute to my health and most importantly – my happiness.

Good health doesn’t just happen, it requires conscious and consistent effort, especially when you want to incorporate positive changes to improve your health. Once you’ve established new health habits, they become part of your daily routine. Let’s looks at some of the daily habits of healthy people – backed by science – that I can personally vouch for. These daily habits are a major contributing factor to my own health and well-being.

Top Ten Things Healthy People Do Every Day

1. Plan the day

Ask a healthy person what their plan is for the day, and, apart from work, they will likely tell you when they are going exercise, go to the market, and what they are going to prepare for dinner. This planning requires less than five minutes and sets the day up for success.

2. Get moving

Healthy people use all and any opportunity to move their bodies. Apart from regularly scheduled exercise, such as walking during lunch hour, healthy people park their car at the end of the parking lot, or use the stairs instead of the elevator.

3. Practice meditation or visualization 

Five to ten minutes of meditation or visualization is documented to reduce anxiety, stress and increases self-compassion and gratitude. Visualization is often an easier practice for people with no meditation experience.

4. Prepare their own food

Healthy people prepare their own meals. Restaurants are notorious for overloading food with refined sugar, fat and salt. If you want to lose weight and improve your health, this is a great way to start. Stop eating in restaurants whenever possible.

5. Regular sleep and wake up hours

Good sleep hygiene is one of the cornerstones of excellent health. Healthy people ensure that they maintain a sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time.

6. Smile

Healthy people understand that health includes being mentally healthy. The act of smiling improves mood, decreases stress, and improve your immune system.

7. Get some fresh air

Making time everyday to get outside and breath in some fresh air by taking a few slow, deep breathes, improves the circulation of your lungs, lowers blood pressure, and the ability to concentrate.

8. Maintain a healthy weight

As someone once observed, you don’t see many obese 90 year olds. Healthy people maintain a healthy weight by exercising and making healthy food choices. They keep track of their weight by how their clothes fit or by weighing themselves anywhere between once a week to once a month.

9. Eat real food

Healthy people enjoy a variety of real foods, as close to nature as possible. Whenever possible avoid foods that comes in packages that are made up of ingredients that most people cannot pronounce.

10. Monitor their health & Intuitively listen to Their Body

Healthy people have an attitude of prevention. They monitor their health by intuitively listening to their body. If something doesn’t feel right, they pay attention and address it in a timely fashion to help prevent the situation from getting worse.

Want to be that healthy person? Start with one small change, make it a habit, then add another. You will get there before you know it!

Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii

Laura Dawn

 

There ya have it…  You certainly don’t have to do every single one of these things every single day to become a more healthy individual.  But, it’s definitely not going to hurt to try.  Implement a couple of these into your daily routine and you’ll be amazed at the difference.

Morning Motivation

One of my favorite quotes…

The reason this is one of my favorite quotes is because I have been on both sides of this picture.  I have been the one to help lift somebody up, but have many times been the one needing a helping hand.

If you’re someone who most people would consider a strong person, use that gift to help others.  Remember that you once started off just like everybody else.  Now that you’ve achieved some success, know that you have more of an influence on others than you think.  They look up to you, they want to be like you.  So don’t screw it up.  Don’t be the jerk who is “above” somebody who isn’t in the best shape in the world.  Use your influence for something good, because helping those who may not be at your level will do more for them than you’ll ever realize.

If you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum and very new to exercise, don’t be afraid to surround yourself with people who have been doing in for a while.  Not only can this provide motivation to get where you need to be, but you can learn firsthand how to get where you want to go.  And remember, if someone ever tries to look down on you for trying your best, forget about them.  That person is clearly an ass hole, and you don’t have any time to deal with that.  Work as hard as you can and forget about anything or anybody that doesn’t want to get on board with you.