Important Daily Decisions That Lead to Optimal Health

Deb Brown, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Wellness Coach

We all want to be at our healthiest all of the time. When we are young, we just take for granted that we are healthy, that we have energy to do the things we want to do, that our bodies will perform as we want them to perform. As we get older, we have to actually work at being healthy. Often the small daily decisions that we make and actions that we take add up to either support our health or detract from it. Here are some daily decisions to consider:

  1. What you eat: eating a diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains promotes a healthy body, helps to insure against disease and gives us the energy we need to do the things we want. Are you eating a healthful, balanced diet today? Could you add an additional serving or two of fruits and/or vegetables?
  2. Fluid intake: many people walk around in a constant state of dehydration. Get into the habit of drinking fluids on a constant basis. Water is optimal, but herbal teas and organic juices are also very healthful. How much water have you had today? Go drink another glass!
  3. Sleep: skip that late night program tonight and get an extra hour of sleep. Not only will you have more energy tomorrow, but getting enough sleep will help you cope with daily stress and ward off disease.
  4. Exercise: keep active doing that which you enjoy doing! Try to get some sustained movement every single day. Take the dogs for a walk, ride your bike with the kids, hit the ski slopes, work with a personal trainer. What have you done today? What could you do tomorrow?
  5. Regular doctor and dentist visits: make that one phone call today that you have been putting off for that mammogram, prostrate screening or dental check up. Making the appointment will probably take you 5 minutes or less and could just save your life (or your teeth!).
  6. Strong friends/family support network: keeping up with friends and family has never been easier AND more important. Pick up the phone and call someone who you have not talked to in awhile. Schedule a lunch date with a friend. Cuddle up with your hubby on the couch tonight.
  7. Manage stress: what kind of downtime do you have planned for today? Do you have a few quiet moments to relax? Can you take an hour to do something that brings you joy? Add some downtime every day to help keep you mentally sharp.

By making small healthy decisions every day, you can really benefit your health long-term.

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