Are you a Cheater? Getting Healthy Tips
“3 Ways to Get Healthier and still be a Cheater”
Getting healthy and making changes is never easy, it has to become a habit and routine just like our bad habits have been implanted over time and consistency. It is human nature to resist change and avoid hard work when having things come easy is a nicer path to walk on. But, here are three very simple steps you can take to start on a path of healthier choices. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be perfect, you can still cheat!
Here are 3 simple steps you can take to get yourself started.
1. Drink more water – it is as simple as that.
- Why you might ask? You don’t have to stop drinking your favorite beverages, but just add in more water. The first symptom of dehydration is generally a headache, so when you feel that headache starting, try to drink some water and see if it goes away. Our bodies consist of a detoxification system that requires water to cleanse our bodies and get our bodily fluids moving and working correctly. Add more water to your daily routine and you will see immediate improvement in your skin, hair, mood and even your biological waste system. You will start to feel better almost instantly and perhaps may just want to skip some of those other sugar beverages and replace it with water instead.
- Try to reduce your consumption of any sugar or sugar substitute beverages, but still you can cheat! Give yourself one every day.
2. Walk more – just simply walking.
- Get up and get moving every day. Many people think in order to be healthy you have to do a regime of exercise and go to the club, be a jogger or a cyclist. Well that isn’t so. Our modern culture introduced health clubs in 70’s and they became a popular trend more so in the 90’s. If you think back in history and do a little research on some of the healthiest people in the world and have the longest life span, you will find that people in Okinawa and Mediterranean Islands are considered the healthiest people and have the longest life span. What do they have in common that helps them live longer and healthier? Daily walking and natural work such as working in a garden, repairing their homes or boats, house cleaning, harvesting their own food or collecting food.
- Some ideas on how to get moving and walking more. Park at the far end of the parking lot, take stairs instead of escalators or elevators, walk to do your errands instead of jumping in the car. During your breaks at work, go for a brisk walk before eating.
The best way to give yourself a break and be a cheater from walking? Stop moving altogether. Yes, sit somewhere quietly, take some deep breaths in and out, close your eyes and let your body and mind be still for at least 10 minutes 3 times a day.
2. Socialize more – healthy people are connected.
- In studies around the world, it has been proven that good health and longevity of life is partly directed connected to maintaining a social connection with family, friends, church and community. In some cultures where people live the longest, the elderly are treasured and always included in every community function. In some families it is considered an honor to take care of the elderly and sibling fights happen often over who is going to take care of the aging parents and grandparents. Social connections does not mean on the internet, it means in person.
- Warm welcome, hello and hugs, and being able to share and connect with others in a positive way daily improves health in many ways.
- It is very important to socially connect and engage and touch people in our busy lives. Keep those interactions positive and actively schedule them into your routine. Even with that, having time to ourselves is also healthy, so you can still be a cheater and at least once weekly, take at least 3 hours of time just for you. Whether it is a quiet walk alone around a lake, or a drive to take some scenery photographs, or a trip to an animal sanctuary alone to visit some of nature and wildlife.
Patricia Pantazis Hunnybun
Pampered Pets & People LLC