Do you take your health for granted?
Every day we get up, go through the motions of looking after our family, going to work, school or university. At times we all feel like robots, just passing the day stuck in our routines and not really thinking about the things we are doing or not doing that may affect our health.
Becoming aware of behaviours is ultimately the first step in valuing your health status. Take time to make a list of all the things you need to do to achieve optimum health and make yourself accountable by checking it off each day.
Give yourself a score at the end of the week to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, what you are finding you can achieve easily and what is proving difficult. This will require you to be organised, which is essential in your success.
You may only need to do this for one week to get into good habits that will last.
Here is a checklist that I use. You could follow this or make your own, but whichever you choose, try to stick to it. Put it on your bathroom mirror where you and others can see it, and take pride in making a difference to your health.
DO a minimum of 30 minutes exercise each day.
DO drink two litres of water.
DO eat five serves of vegetables.
DO get a minimum of seven hours' sleep.
DO 10 minutes of stretching.
DO take fish oil.
DO NOT eat junk food.
DO NOT drink alcohol.
DO NOT drink soft drink.
DO NOT eat after dinner.
By taking notice of your regular behaviours, you may start to realise how much better you can feel and how much healthier you can be. Our health is priceless: never lose sight of its importance.
By guest writer Jamie Page, personal trainer with Savvy Fitness.