How do I lose weight?
How do I gain energy?
How do I get fit?
How do I get healthy?
How can I feel GOOD?!
These are the top questions I hear in health and wellness, and today I’m going to show you EXACTLY how you can do all of those things with 5 simple daily actions.
Although it may feel otherwise, weight loss, energy, fitness, health, and feeling good isn’t a code you have to crack or a puzzle you have to unlock… The truth is, your body is naturally all of those things! It’s not about reaching something new, it’s about finding those things inside of yourself and bringing them out.
It’s not so hard to succeed at all of those things… It’s just about making the commitment to spend on yourself daily and knowing exactly what habits you need to get you there! What are those habits?
Here Are the Only 5 Daily Habits You Need to Bring Yourself to TRUE health…
Hydration seems so simple, but most of us are dehydrated. If you read my previous post on hydration, you know that approximately 75% of the population is chronically dehydrated… That means that day in and day out, every single waking moment, we are dehydrated.
Of course, that doesn’t sound so bad until you realize that dehydration causes:
- Impaired cognitive function
- Unstable moods
- Excess calorie intake
- Slowing of the metabolism (which results in up to 10 pounds gained each year)
- Decreased productivity
- And so much more…
Drinking water all day every day is one of the BEST things you can do for your body. If you want to learn more about hydration, click here! In this post, I share the effects of dehydration, how drinking more water benefits your body, what water to drink, and how to drink more water (even when it’s “bland”)!
This is a rarely spoken of part of healthy and fit people’s lifestyles… Sleep deprivation is becoming an epidemic, and we’re starting to see the effects of it more and more every day.
Sleepless nights lead to
- Dangerous drivers
- Acne and skin blemishes
- Decreased metabolism
- Increased hunger (a.k.a., eating WAY too many calories in your body’s attempt sub your sleep energy)
- Weight gain (see above…)
- Weight retention
- Decreased brain function
- Impaired motor skills
- Increased cortisol levels (contributing to weight retention)
- Unstable mood
- Decreased energy (usually meaning energy supplementation from energy drinks/caffeine)
- And more…
Getting enough sleep makes ALL the difference when it comes to your health and wellness. Healthy and fit people get anywhere from 6-8 hours of sleep per night. The most common number is 8. My personal magic number is 7.5!
Experiment with your sleep. If you’re groggy on 6 hours, increase to 7. Still groggy? Go more. The best way to find your optimal hours is to let your body do it’s natural thing. Try it on the weekend if you get up early for work. Once you find your magic number, be sure to count backward from the time you wake up to ensure you’re getting all of your sleep!
(Sleeping TOO much isn’t good for your body either! If you’re sleeping 9 or 10 hours and you’re feeling groggy and beat, try decreasing your hours.)
Listen to your body, and do what feels natural! 🙂
We all know the truth, even if we don’t want to admit it… You HAVE to exercise if you want to be healthy and fit. Now, you will lose weight by dieting alone, but most of us want to look good, too! PLUS! Did you know that dieting alone only helps you lose “inner fat” but not “outer fat?” That means dieting will help you lose fat around your organs, which improves your health; but if you want that toned physique, you have to exercise. Only exercise can burn the fat just under the skin. You may have heard of the term “skinny fat.” This is what occurs when you diet but don’t exercise. You lose weight, drop sizes, and shrink inches, but you still have that “soft” look.
BUT! If having the toned look isn’t important to you, THIS will be…
Your body was MADE to exercise. It was made to be used! When we sit for the majority of our lives, our muscles weaken, we lose bone density, and our bodies literally go to waste.
Exercise helps decrease brain fog, helps in sleep cycle function, gets your blood pumping throughout your body and SO much more!
Exercise keeps you young!
A brand new study by Brigham Young University has shown that highly active individuals lengthen their telomeres BY 9 YEARS! In the most basic, non-science terms, the length of your telomeres determine the length of your life. The study has shown that those who lead a sedentary lifestyle have the shortest telomeres, which you can translate to the shortest life expectancies. But, those who lead active lifestyles tend to have longer telomeres (or longer lifespans).
This new research tells us that highly active individuals add 9 years to their lifespans… But what exactly is a “highly active lifestyle?” Well… The good news is, it’s probably a lot less active than you think!
The study defined a highly active lifestyle as 30-40 minutes of jogging (30 for women, 40 for men) 5 days per week.
That’s it! That’s all it takes! Isn’t that amazing?
What you put in your body (and what you DON’T put in your body) has EVERYTHING to do with how you feel…
Think about a car. Or you fuel your car with dirty gas or sludgy oil (or if you FORGET to change the oil), your car isn’t reliable. It doesn’t run well, it isn’t happy, and it doesn’t serve its purpose very well. But when you fuel your car with clean gas, fresh oil, and when you change that oil regularly, it runs great! It’s likely that your car will run for MANY, MANY YEARS!
Your body is your vehicle, so you can think of it in the same way. Your body is what carries you from place to place and allows you to experience your life. So why wouldn’t you want to keep it running and functioning as well as your car?
When you feed your body unnatural, heavy, and unhealthy foods, your body feels heavy, unhealthy, and foreign. When you forget to drink water, your organs don’t function properly, including your brain and your skin. You age, you feel ill, and you begin to go through the motions of life rather than really experiencing it.
BUT! If you feed your body clean, fresh, whole foods and give it plenty of pure (non-sugared) hydration, you feel great! You feel healthy, energetic, and ready to go! Giving your body the nutrition it needs is CRUCIAL to your health. This is the #1 MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do to lose weight, gain energy, and prevent illness/disease/cancer.
Eat foods that are clean, fresh, and organic. No artificial or unrecognizable ingredients allowed! Eat mostly fresh fruits and veggies as well as foods that are cooked in your own kitchen with clean ingredients and oils.
Want to know why foods you prepare are better for you and how to start cooking your own foods the easy way? Click here!
Need tips on choosing clean foods and going organic? Click here for my go-to guides!
5. Connect With Yourself
TRUE health is HOLISTIC health. Holistic health means caring for your mind (the thinking part of you), your body (the physical part of you), and your spirit (the inner part of you) in equal ratios. Yes, eating clean, getting enough sleep, drinking water, and exercising are all REALLY important for your mind, body, and spirit…
But there is a different type of food you need for TRUE health…
You need to feed your spirit. How do you do this?
By connecting with YOURSELF every day. We go through life living the motions, but we don’t think about how we feel, what we want, or where we are going. We just do it. We don’t make a REAL connection with ourselves, and that often translates to not making ANY real connections.
Make it a point to connect with yourself DAILY. Each morning before your day begins and each night before you go to bed, be sure to take some time to connect with your spirit or your inner self. Think about your values, your morals, your goals, and who you really are. Reflect on your day, your interactions with people, and how you (re)acted to situations in your day.
Additionally or alternatively, you can also practice meditation. Meditation comes in all shapes and forms, but the essence of meditation in turning inward for a prolonged period of time (anywhere from 5 to 20+ minutes). You can also start a journaling practice if it helps you to release and connect with yourself ~ sometimes journaling is helpful for kinesthetic types.
Add these 5 habits to your daily routine, and you’re GUARANTEED to find success with your health, wellness, & fitness goals!
Are you ready to find your happiest, healthiest, and fittest self yet? It’s already inside of you, all you have to do it tap into it. Join me, and I’ll show you how!