How you live your life comes down to the actions you perform. The actions are either actions that help you attain what you want from life or not.
That is the same when it comes to your health and wellbeing.
The clients I have helped over the years achieve the best long-lasting results are the ones who have consistently implemented the right actions, or what I will call from now on, habits and behaviours.
Where most people fall down when it comes to improving their health and wellbeing, is the inability of doing the right things over and over again and therefore not making them a habit.
In this weeks blog, we will look at what are the right habits and behaviours that need to be performed to achieve good levels of health and well-being.
Habit No.1: Perform Some Form Of Physical Activity A Day
There is enough evidence that shows that by moving the body, overall health and wellbeing is improved, on a physical and mental level.
Physical activity can be anything from high-intensity exercise, strength training or moderate-intensity cardiovascular work.
The benefits from performing physical activity can range from increased cardiac output (stronger heart and larger lunges), stronger bones, muscles and ligaments, a more efficient Lymphatic System (the body's way of getting rid of toxins), more oxygen to the brain to help increase mental capacity, reduced stress hormones, to name just a few benefits.
Habit No.2: Only Eat Food In It's Natural State
The most important reason that we eat food, is for the nutrients that it provides. The correct type and amount of nutrients is required for the body to function at its optimal best.
The main difference between food in its natural state (organic) and food that is not (non-organic) is that organic food is richer in nutrients than non- organic.
Food that lacks nutrients is less beneficial (less healthy) and requires a high consumption to make up for the shortage of nutrients. Causing us to overeat.
Habit No.3: Reduce Your Level Of Stress
Stress is any time your body switches into 'fight or flight' mode. Fight or flight is the body's response to a situation where levels of the hormone Cortisol increases, prompting your body to either remove itself from the situation or to physically fight.
In 99% of stressful situations that our modern world throws at us, we are unable to fight or run away from. We just have to deal with it through none physical means. This doesn't allow the body to use the increase in Cortisol and ends up storing it as fat around the organs of the body.
Try to avoid stressful situations when you can and if you can't look for ways to relax as much as you can when you can. This will help reduce levels of cortisol throughout the day.
Habit No.4: Only Eat Carbohydrates From Fruit & Veg
As in Habit 2, the more natural carbohydrates we consume the more nutrients the body will absorb. All carbohydrates after being stripped of their nutrients (either by the digestive system, when we eat the food or through food manufacturing, when we create the food) end up being used by the body in the form of the sugar Glucose.
The only carbohydrates that have high levels of nutrients and a low glucose effect is either fruit or veg in their natural state. All other carbohydrates are lower in nutrients and have a higher effect on Glucose levels.
Higher levels of Glucose lead to higher body fat storage (through increased levels of the hormone Insulin), uneven energy levels (leading to decreased performance levels) and an increased chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Habit No.5: Get 8 Hours Sleep Every Night
The best way to reduce the negative impact that to much stress has on the health of your body, is to allow it to recovery properly.
Countless amount of research has shown that 8 hours of sleep is the optimal amount for the body to recover fully, as it only during sleep that the body produces high levels of growth hormones. The more growth hormones the body produces, the fewer stress hormones are produced.
Of course, there is more to living a healthy life than the above 5 habits, but these should form the foundation needed to improve your overall health and well-being.