It’s hard to stay healthy. There’s cookies at work to stick to the tummy. Endless hours stuck in front of an endless rotation of traffic, computer screens, and television sets to make our hips and bums a little more flabby than they once were. But we still try to be healthy; for our happiness, for our health, and for some of us, to stay sane. How do the healthy, fit, forever stressed people do it? Here’s their tips and tricks to ultimate health success:
On dewy mornings the world looks like a perfect place to run. But there never seems to be a perfectly dewy morning with bouncy grass to run along. It’s always a highway of a neighborhood road on a dried out evening with baked asphalt melting and dragging the soles of your sneakers in place. CEO Perry Yeatman says the secret to to staying motivated is to do the thing that makes you happy, and if you can’t do that, do it with company. This means that if you hate running, try joining a squash team, or something that makes you happier than running. Or if you feel like you should really get into running, join a running squad so you have some group accountability.
Doing something that makes you happy, or dragging others into your misery, can help you meet some of the ways that nurses motivate their patients to stay healthy. Being happy with your form of exercise is a way you can engage and make decisions on your health. Really it doesn’t matter what you pick, weight lifting is fun for some people, while other people may want to start taking ballet 3 times a week, or learn fencing. It’s all about what movement makes you feel happy. Plus, if you can’t find a group, using a mobile app as recommended by the nurses will keep you engaged in the fitness community. Staying happy and engaged are some of the best ways to keep your motivation. If you hate salads, don’t eat salads, eat spring rolls and nice cream.
Diet is also crazy hard to accomplish, but that’s where eighty percent of your success hides. You could start your day on high protein (could be a risk) or follow the diet of your favorite successful person. Either way getting food in early and having a morning routine is part of what will start your day right. Even the “little food” Margaret Thatcher tried to eat a grapefruit every now and again. Routine is a great way to stay healthy, as long as it’s not a four o’clock cupcake routine. Because that cupcake isn’t going to fuel your adventures in the awesome rotating space marble your riding called planet mother-freakin’ Earth.
If you have issues with routine, meal prepping can be a really solid solution. It’s pretty simple, and even if you just want to do lunches and snacks, it’ll save you a lot of time throughout the week. There’s a ton of different meal preps you can try. Whether you want to go full tilt and meal prep like a bodybuilder, with brown rice, chicken (or a chickpea salad), and green beans, or if you want to make the cutest clean-eating bento boxes you can! It’ll add routine, it’ll save you money on lunch, it’s pretty fun, and you won’t have a choice. You’ll trap yourself into eating a healthy, home cooked lunch at work.
You do you boo-boo. Whatever exercise fits your lifestyle and gets you moving is the perfect exercise for you. And it’s what the successful people do. While you may not lose weight exercising, it is the 2nd best thing you can do for yourself (the first is quitting smoking). Even if all you can do it take a walk, and meditate in the morning, that is still an amazing step to bettering your health. Walking is great for you because it gets your blood flowing, and is a mild cardiovascular exercise. Whereas 2-20 minute meditation sessions a day can decrease your stress and even ease trauma symptoms!! That’s a big result if you're just trying to get more regular about exercise. It’s the first step to taking time out of your day and making time for your well-being. This could mean walking two miles to work everyday, or even taking up a few shifts with your community watch.
Or if you are a real athlete, you could join a softball team or a volleyball team. There are tons of indoor sports you can sign up for at the local community center. Even beginner ballet classes or karate or just a welding class if your super metal. It’s about moving, about doing something that’s not the computer or work. Something that you like. It could be anything.
On That Special Bit of Extra
There’s always something a little bit extra. If you’ve got the gumption to eat healthy and exercise, you could try a few other ways to stay healthy. Find what works for you and makes you feel good. Kerry Washington might like essential oils, but the soothing oils like Juniper, could make you fall asleep. There’s a ton of little extras to try once you have a routine down. Like making your bed a really soft and cushy place so you can get extra sleep.
My secret is to get a pedicure. Nothing feels better after a week of running than a foot massage and a mimosa. A good place to look for your little bit of extra is to find what makes you uncomfortable. If you can’t sleep, try making your bed into a haven. If you have trouble with sweets, try giving yourself a day off to try everything you want to once a month, baking party!!!! There’s always something a little bit extra that has nothing to do with diet or exercise that will get you moving, keep you moving, and happy about it.
The Best Freakin’ Part
The best freakin’ part is that once you start working out, you’ll feel better, and be able to do more with yourself. You might cut 5 minutes off your bike-commute to work. Or sleep better. Or be a hyper-productive super beast. The best part is that you are a healthier you.