In general, I’d say I’m a pretty healthy person, but I could stand to make a few changes and improvements. I turned 30 last fall, and while that’s still young, I think now is the time to really start taking my health more seriously. Here are the things I’m doing to make my health a priority this year:
Last summer, I had a daily fitness routine that I followed, and I started eating more of a Paleo based diet (mostly inspired by Nerd Fitness). It was all going so well for several weeks, and then it just sort of fell apart as the stress and preparation for our move took over.
Recently, I found the motivation to workout again. I’m doing body weight exercises, which are perfect because they don’t require you to spend any money! I take a break in the afternoons to do my routine. You don’t need any equipment and you don’t need to spend a dime to do a basic body weight workout. Youtube has tons of good videos if you do a quick search.
On the days when I work out, I feel so much better mentally. I get a sense of accomplishment for having stuck with my plan, and I sleep better at night because I’ve really worked my muscles and tired myself out. Sitting behind a computer for hours on end really does take a toll, so making time to exercise is very important to me.
This long and cold winter has been a great excuse for going to town on sweets, especially over the holidays. I just can’t seem to quit my brownies habit… But I know that it’s time to cut back on sugar, difficult as it may be.
I liked a lot about the Paleo diet, so I want to incorporate elements of it again. I don’t want to cut out carbs completely, but cutting back would be good.
It’s much easier to eat better in the summer when fresh produce is in season. We’ll be making more salads and eating lighter meals as the weather warms up. I’ve never worried about my weight too much; my main goal is just to feel better, and not so sluggish and blah. Food choices definitely play a big part in how we feel.
I drink one cup of coffee every morning and water the rest of the day, but even still, I don’t drink enough of it. Sometimes I have to remind myself to fill a glass even when I’m not eating. Proper hydration is essential to good health.
I frequently suffer from migraines, and I think a lack of H20 could possibly be contributing to that. At the very least, it isn’t helping. I’m making a conscious effort to increase my daily water intake.
If you have trouble drinking enough water, just add some lemon or cucumber slices to a pitcher and keep it in the fridge. I like to add a slice of lemon when I find myself bored with the taste of plain old tap.
Now that we’ve got a new health insurance plan, I’m looking forward to making the rounds to doctor’s offices. Shamefully, I haven’t had so much as a basic check-up in a few years. My excuse? I didn’t really feel comfortable seeing a doctor when living abroad because of the language barrier. I feel like a lot would have been lost in translation.
Call me crazy, but I’m actually excited to start scheduling appointments, having my questions and concerns addressed, and doing whatever needs to be done to make sure I’m in good health. Man, I really must be getting older!
So that’s what I’m doing to make my health a priority this year. My main goal is really just to feel better than I have in a long time.
I used to be a pretty active person, staying on my feet much of the day. Since I started working from home, my activity levels have dropped. I want to start feeling my very best and putting forth the effort, everyday. Now is the time to make the change.
Did you set any health or fitness goals for this year?
*image by Stuart Miles