Life Reset For Your Physical Health
As we continue the discussion on a Life Reset today, we want to share ideas on how to begin resetting your physical health for your best life.
The practice of resetting your physical health is about looking at how you treat your body and making changes as needed. This is not about doing a cleanse or detox or having to complete a difficult workout challenge. Resetting is not about becoming a perfect specimen, but instead simply taking stock of your physical health habits now, and what you can change.
What You Eat in a Day
We suggest starting with your nutrition. You’ve heard the saying “You Are What You Eat”, right?
The first step is to begin to write down what you eat each day. Do this for at least 7 days. This is a good practice to develop because most people underestimate what they eat. It is important to really see what you are in the habit of eating each day. Be specific, including what time you ate, why you ate, what you chose to eat, and how much as well as how you felt after you ate. You will want to see how you felt right after you ate and then an hour to two hours after you ate.
Look at this objectively, not by putting foods in good or bad categories, but just looking for trends. Act as if you are looking at someone else’s meal plan to see how healthy or unhealthy it is.
This is a powerful practice and the insights you will get might be life-changing at least they were for me when I began this years ago.
Making Improvements to Your Nutrition
Once you can see what you tend to eat in a day, look to see if there are areas where you might want to improve your nutrition. Don’t think about fat or calories here, just the nutrients in your food.
Notice when you tend to cave sugar or have extra snacks, and how your eating habits change when you have a good amount of protein or fibre. Did you eat more after a workout? Are there days where you didn’t eat enough? How many fruits and vegetables do you put on your plate? How many processed foods are you In the habit of eating? How many meals are from take-out restaurants or fast food? How many meals do you make at home with real food? Are you including organic fruits and veggies? Pastured protein, poultry, and wild-caught fish?
One of the easiest ways to improve how you eat is to begin the practice of making your own meals at home in your own kitchen with real food. Making meals from scratch.
This may sound like a huge undertaking and if you are not in the habit of doing this it might be. Do not overwhelm yourself. One way to begin might be to commit to one meal a day that you make yourself. Start out and find a cookbook you like and pick 3 recipes. If you don't have a favourite cookbook here is a suggestion
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Begin by making these 3 recipes until you can make them without the cookbook. You will then be an expert in those 3 recipes. Then find 3 more new recipes and practise until you become the expert and so on.
Over the period of a few months you will now have a good amount of ideas for your meals and then begin to experiment with herbs, spices, sauces to make them your own.
How Can You Get in More Movement?
Exercising and getting your heart pumping is also really important when it comes to your physical health. How often are you in the habit and good practice getting in movement, and is it something you enjoy?
If you only get to the gym or do a home workout 1-2 days a week, you know it’s time to add a little more movement. It doesn’t need to be anything intense but find more ways to move your body every day.
Making time for regular exercise is probably best in the long run, and even small changes to your daily activity levels will make a difference. There are things you can do that won't interfere with your schedule and can easily be added to your regular routine.
Check out these healthy habits to get you moving more.
Take the Stairs
We use this idea as often as possible and you've probably heard this one before, and that's because it works.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. These extra steps throughout your day add up. It doesn't take much longer to walk up the stairs, and the benefits you get is well worth it.
Starting out can be a challenge if you've been sedentary for a while, so do leave some extra time and go slow. Soon, you'll start to notice that taking the stairs requires less effort.
Park Far Away
Another idea that works for adding physical activity to your day is to park far away from buildings.
Choose a spot at the far end of the parking lot and prepare to walk to your destination. Use this idea at work, the mall, appointments, and anywhere you drive. The extra steps really do add up and can improve your fitness.
Move While Watching TV
If you're a TV watcher, you've got time for exercise. In fact, this is one idea I use on a regular basis. Walking in place or a mini-trampoline while watching your favourite show or podcast will still allow you to follow the plot of your favourite shows or add to your learning with that podcast. A treadmill or stationary bike will work, as well but they do take up a lot of space.
Take a Detour
There are tons of ways you can add extra steps to your day if you get creative and think outside the box. Just like parking in the far end of the lot requires you to walk further, this same concept works well for indoors, too. At work, you can take the long walk to the restroom instead of choosing the one closest to your office.
Even heading to the copier on the other side of the building will help. You probably make lots of short trips that could be lengthened throughout your day.
Pick Up the Pace or Increase Your Distance
Finally, consider moving a little faster or increase your distance. This small change can really make a positive change for your overall wellbeing. You don't have to sprint, but a brisk walk helps to push you to new levels in your movement practice. Give it a try when walking from the car. You can use this idea when running errands or walking on your lunch break, too. Simply picking up the pace or going further when you walk is a great way to realize the extra exercise benefits.
See? These simple habits won't really cause you to make any noticeable changes to your daily movement practice. They are however wonderful ways to get big results when it comes to your fitness level and health. So, go ahead and begin the practice of getting more movement today.
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