5 Easy Ways to Become an Active Participant in Your Health and Well-Being
By Mary Thayer
Health has really always been a passion for me. For as long as I can remember I have been health conscious in many different ways. After high school I became a RN for that very reason. My biggest surprise after becoming a nurse was that I was not in the health field at all. It was the sick field. In all the different areas I have worked I have experienced sickness care rather than wellness care.
Everyone is concerned about you after they figure out you are sick. Health teaching is about early detection rather than prevention. The interesting thing is that health and wellness is everywhere in the public eye. You do not have to look far to find information on how to live healthier. Are you taking an active role in your health and well-being or are you hoping to detect something and try to treat it before it kills you?
Every health and wellness article I have read seems to carry the same theme: modest change can produce great health improvements. The truth is people just do not want to listen.
The other day a man was telling me about this pain he gets in his right side when he eats really high fat foods. He said it was really starting to bother him. When I asked if he had pain when he ate healthier foods with less fat he bluntly said, “No, then I have no pain at all”. He really thought he needed a doctor to fix this problem. To me this is a no brainer. Stop eating the bad food and eat healthier food. When I suggested this to him he said to me, “I’ve never been a guy who has had to watch what I eat and I do not really want to start now”.
This is a prime example of not taking a responsibility in your health. He knew what caused his pain. The culprit was a high fat unhealthy diet. But, he had no intentions of changing that. In his mind he needs a doctor to fix him.
Here are five very easy health habits you can form to improve your well-being. Keep in mind as you are doing this that it takes about thirty days to develop a habit. Stick with this for a month and you will be surprised at how much better you feel.
1- Drink at least eight glasses of water per day.
Your body needs water to hydrate cells and flush out toxins. Several daily ailments like low energy, head aches and constipation will improve greatly if you just increase your water intake. Remember I did not say your fluid intake. Coffee and pop have no nutritional value and will not hydrate you. Increase your water intake only.
2- Eat at least one fresh fruit and vegetable a day.
You are probably thinking that I have lost it because every other resource says you need 5-10 fruits and vegetables a day. The key to this point is fresh. You are going to get the most nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables. Definitely eat the 5-10 per day but make sure you have at least one of each that is fresh.
3- Get Moving.
How many times have you heard this? If you can’t stop watching your favorite TV programs at night get up on the commercials and march. If you have children you can make it a game. It is best if you can get outside and get some fresh air and exercise as well. You will feel immediate effects from implementing this routine daily!
4- Get more sunlight.
Sunlight provides us with vitamin D. This vitamin is essential for strong bones and your immune system. The best part is it is free to soak up some sun. Get at least 15-60 minutes per day. A perfect time to do this is when you are exercising!
5- Get your sleep.
If you honestly commit to the first four points you will more likely enjoy sleeping at a higher level. Why, because you will sleep better! Cheating yourself of sleep can be preventing you from a full healthy life.
These are some very simple steps you can take to improve your wellness. Make a commitment to these activities for a full month and you will be amazed at the improvements in your life. If you want to learn how to achieve even more vibrant health check out the link in the resource box for more information!
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