7 Habits of Healthy People
Do you ever see those people that seem so healthy and have everything together that it seems effortless? (Maybe you want to slap them….just a little bit?) Well, it’s not effortless and it doesn’t happen overnight. While it may seem overwhelming getting to that place, it doesn’t have to be. Here are some habits that all healthy people have in common:
1. They Prioritize Themselves. Somehow, making yourself a priority became taboo along the way. It is often associated with feelings of selfishness or that you’re not a good person. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Only when you make time to do things that nourish you, will you feel fulfilled, willing and able to do for others. Also, saying, “no” to someone else sometimes means saying, “yes” to yourself and what is best for you. Often, us women have the fear of being called the dreaded “B” word, so we jump through hoops to make everyone else happy. If it makes you feel stressed, angry or just doesn’t serve you, don’t do it! You’re important too! (I’ve learned to wear my ‘B” pin with pride as I got older).
2. They Schedule a Daily Workout. I always tell my clients to block off time in their calendar just as they would any other meeting or appointment. When I worked in corporate finance, I would plan my workouts for the week and then block those times off in my calendar for my lunch break. Sometimes it was a class at our office gym, other times it was going for a walk or run around the campus. If my day was jam packed with meetings, I’d find an early morning class or go for a run before work. The key is to know yourself; I knew that after work I’d find an excuse to not workout, so I didn’t give myself that option. Remember, exercise is good for your brain, and a healthy employee is a more productive employee. Maybe you’ll get a promotion from working out so much?!
3. They Eat to Live. You know the expression, “Eat to live, not live to eat?” Well, that couldn’t be more true. When we nourish our body with what it needs, we are fueling it to perform for us throughout our day, physically and mentally. You know that “brain fog” that people get mid-day? That’s from loading up on sugar and caffeine in the morning and eventually you crash, feel sluggish and can’t think straight. Not good for work performance. So guess what? Eating well will lead to being more productive, sharper thoughts and can lead to a promotion as well; Win-Win!
4. They Indulge Occasionally. Life is all about balance. Depriving yourself from enjoying a glass of wine or a slice of pizza (If you know me, you know I love me some wine & pizza!) every now and then is actually not healthy either. I’ve known people that are so obsessed with every little thing that they put in their body, that their cortisol levels have got to be through the roof! I speak from experience, as I went through this in my early thirties. Sure, I looked amazing, but I was pretty cranky most (all) of the time. For the sake of your loved ones, have the damn cookie! (once in a while).
5. They Have Healthy Friends. Now look, I’m not saying you go out and dump all of your inactive, unhealthy friends. That would make you kind of a jerk, and hey, maybe you can encourage them to get healthier along the way? But, if you notice, most healthy people seem to hang out with those that follow suit. If you have friends that want to go to a yoga class with you, or go for a walk or run, you can get quality time in together and make your workouts more enjoyable. Also, that person is not going to try and sabotage your health and fitness goals. (As a side note, if you do have a saboteur in your life who is trying to derail you from getting healthy, definitely dump them, because they’re the jerk).
6. They Understand the Mind-Body Connection is Crucial. We hear this term thrown around a lot, but what does it mean? Basically, it means that the body won’t be healthy if the mind is not as well. Taking time to breathe, focus on what you’re doing and being mindful of daily choices and interactions is vital for overall health. Most people associate the mind-body connection with yoga and meditation, but it can also be achieved through journaling, hanging out with loved ones or partaking in an activity you thoroughly enjoy and being completely present in that activity. When the mind and body are aligned, you will make better choices around food, exercise and even relationships with others.
7. They Understand that Spending Money on Health is NOT Indulgent. Regular visits to a massage therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, therapist, etc. is just as important as your workout to keep your body and mind running efficiently. As the old saying goes, “If you don’t make time for health now, you better make time for sickness later.”
Trying to become a healthier version of yourself can sometimes feel unattainable. Hopefully these tips were helpful in getting you started on your journey. I was in the same boat once so I understand completely how you feel. Just know that you can turn it around! (And please don’t slap your healthy friends. They’re working hard). 😉
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