We all want to move better, sleep better, eat better and ultimately feel our best! With that in mind here's four of the key areas or pillars of health to focus your energy on improving and optimising each and every day.
First up is nutrition. If we eat well, we feel better. We all know this works, but how many of us actually eat well most of the time. The goal should be to get most of our food from fresh, unprocessed whole food sources. That means less fatty foods, sodas and sweets and more healthy fats, fruits/vegetables, lean protein sources and water.
Rome wasn't built in a day, but with small daily changes and choices, we can improve our diet and our overall quality of life and longevity.
This is a no brainer. We all know the multitude of benefits that regular and vigorous exercise can provide. Aim to lift weights three times a week and include cardio as well to ensure our cardiovascular system is healthy too. It is also beneficial to engage in daily walking, sport and playing with the kids. Make it your business to get at least 30 minutes of activity in every day and you will be well on the way to optimal health.
Without quality sleep (7-9 hours a night) we are setting ourselves up for a life of low energy, illness and low productivity. Sleep should be a priority. If you don't get adequate sleep you won't have the required energy to workout and complete other necessary daily tasks. Therefore, sleep really is king. You can improve your sleep through getting morning and evening sunlight, which will regulate your circadian rhythm. Developing a sleep routine can be beneficial also, such as charging your phone at night outside your bedroom and limiting screen time before bed.
4. Mental/Emotional health
This is crucial, as we need to look after our mental health more than ever. Cultivate and protect healthy friendships, get out in nature more, spend less time on the phone and plan your day and week in advance. These are just some of the ways to ensure your well-being is maintained over time.
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