“If you don’t take care of your health today, you will be forced to take care of your illness tomorrow.” Deepak Chopra
Take these simple steps to help you make time for your health:
- Plan ahead! “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Become organized and make food shopping fun. Instead of watching television for 10 minutes, make a grocery list and find new recipes to make for yourself or loved ones.
- Incorporate physical activity into your everyday lives: Mark it in your calendar and stick to it! You don’t always have to go to the gym to workout. Buy some comfy shoes and go for a nice walk. Ask friends to join you or put on those headphones to get you going!
- Eat regularly: No matter how busy our lives get, it’s important to not skip any meals to get the nutrients our bodies need. We almost always end up overeating when we skip meals anyway. Not a morning person? Pack your lunch the night before to have it ready for the following day. Also, plan your breakfast to give yourself enough time– whatever you do, DO NOT skip breakfast.
- Sleep: Your body needs rest. Put away distractions like your television, computer, and your phone. If you have a hard time falling asleep, listen to music, meditate, read a book etc. Find a way that works for you and aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each day.
- Be someone who your kids and others can look up to. Your habits will most likely be your children’s habits as well. Become a good role model and others will follow in your footsteps. Feeling good about yourself will give you the energy and happiness you need for those who look up to you. Be healthy, Be happy!
For more information: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/6-tips-for-healthy-living_n_2058525.html#slide=1710894 Keri Gans, MS, RD, CDN