With the financial problems facing the country, many individuals have been faced with tough decisions. They have found themselves forced to reassess their priorities and change their lifestyles to accommodate this new way of life. Contrary to what you may think, though, this has been a wonderful thing! People are realizing more than ever that excessive material goods like big cars and extravagant homes are just not that important. Life isn’t about the high paying job you have or the fancy title you hold. The most important things in life are your health and your relationships.
Think about your family, your colleagues, and your friends. How many of them smoke, drink, or eat poorly due to stress, over-commitment to work or activities, or by choice? How has this behavior affected their health? How many of these behaviors do you engage in? Today is the time to examine your life and make changes that will lead to an improved health for tomorrow. Here are a few tips that will make a huge difference:
Get More Sleep: Most of us do not get enough sleep. Adding just one hour of sleep per night could help you drop 14 pounds this year!
Drink Water: Water helps you re-energize and keep going. Not drinking enough leads to acne, headaches, and dehydration.
Exercise Your Body and Mind: Physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy body weight and body composition. Being physically active helps in lowering your risk for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, improves your mood and lowers your risk of depression.
Keep your brain active by solving crossword puzzles or math equations, reading, writing, imagining, and creating. Volunteering and being socially active are also good ways to keep the brain energized and active.
Think When You Eat: Get in the habit of just “thinking” before you put anything in your mouth.
Do Something You Love: We all need to grow and feel like we are reaching worthwhile goals; we have a desire to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Everyone needs a “passion” in their life. Find yours.
Do it for Your Kids: Here is the best reason of all to start today – your kids! Healthy living is not something you “do”, it is something you “become”. It is a lifestyle. Your children will learn by example. What kind of example are you?
Take at least one of these tips and put them in place today. Your body, your mind, and your family will thank you.
If you are looking for more tips on how to build energy, increase your fitness level, strength, or flexibility, contact Sensei Sam Larioza today. Sensei and his staff at Ohana Karate are always available to discuss any questions you may have!