Health is a major life issue which we take for granted until something goes wrong. Thinking about preventing health problems rarely comes to mind, but you should know that when you ruin your health, it’s going to take a lot of time to get it back on track. So, try not to get yourself there.
If you think you have already ruined your health, don’t be devastated, because you can still take charge of this issue and make the best of it. But before you start, make sure that your mind is in the right place and that you will last through it. This is not an easy task, but it’s worth every sweat and effort. You need to vow to yourself that you will change your lifestyle in several fields.
Although you might think that an average person sticks to the golden 8-hour sleeping rule, you are probably wrong. Research that gathered data from Fitbit users (including millions of participants) showed that people don’t sleep more than 7 hours on average. This finding also shows us that people rarely take sleeping as an important health issue, which is the root of the problem.
Children need even more sleep in order to maintain their healthy growth and development. The growth hormone (GH) is released mostly during sleep.
While you are asleep, especially during your REM cycles, your body recovers from everyday stress, organizes information and filters out unnecessary ones. If you don’t have 4 to 6 REM cycles per night, which means at least 7 hours of sleep, you won’t be able to function correctly. Not only will your cognitive abilities plummet, but you will have problems with mood and your body will start suffering soon enough. So, take matters into your own hands and consult a sleep calculator to find out when you need to go to sleep and wake up each day. Do this with your kids too, and you can even make a game out of it to make their sleeping habits stick for good.
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthier, and also the most commonly broken one. Why is it so hard for us to stop eating junk? Well, for one thing, junk food is everywhere. If you are hungry and in need of a quick snack, junk food is not only the thing that first comes to mind but in most cases, also the easiest solution. However, you need to make a strong vow to ignore the call of junk food. You should teach your children to avoid it as well, because junk food has many negative consequences on their overall health (such as obesity, chronic illnesses and even emotional and self-esteem problems).
Take a weekend off to find stores that sell quality food and learn some new recipes. Instead of buying food during lunch brakes, prepare food in your own kitchen, take it to work and enjoy a healthy, homemade meal. You will feel healthier at the mere thought of the fact that you chose a healthier meal, and if you do this several times, it will become a truly healthy habit. Make a tradition out of preparing healthy meals together with your children. You should know that healthy food does not have to be tasteless, but if you prepare it right it can be far tastier than junk food (and your children will agree on this too).
Get your body moving
Keep in mind that the gym is not the only way to improve your health. Sometimes a daily hour-long walk in the woods or a stroll next to the beach with your family is all you need. Don’t focus on weight loss, but on feeling good in your own body. What your body loves most is moving. However, if you really wish to see whether you should lose weight, consult a height weight chart that takes in information about your current state. The idea behind this is to show you if your body is carrying around more weight than it needs, which is the main health issue that should concern you.
When you decide to get moving, be sure you don’t start off too fast, especially if you haven’t exercised in years. Don’t go over your limits, and your limits are your comfort zone. Exercise should be fun, helpful and exciting since endorphins are being released. These hormones make you happy, carefree and satisfied, so don’t miss out on all of these beautiful feelings. Making a regular exercise routine (like a Sunday morning jogging session) with your family can be extremely beneficial to everyone’s health.
Take care of yourself and your family
Finally, we come to the major conclusion – there is no good health without prevention. Each and every one of us has some unhealthy habits that are detrimental to our health, so we need to discover them and change them before they change us (and in a bad way). Vow to yourself that you’ll get a full body check at least once a year, and even more often if you have any sort of chronic health problems. Your children should get checked even more often in order to spot possible developmental problems on time and solve them before they turn really bad. Prevention is the key to discovering potential threats to your health, even the most lethal ones, such as cancer and heart disease.
Remember that health does not come by itself but you need to invest in it. In order to live long and prosper, you should take charge of your health before everything else. There is no success, no happiness and no money that can replace it. Make a vow to yourself that you will take of yourself first, so that your family can depend on you to take care of them, as well.
About the Author
Brigitte Evans is a Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant and a writer from Australia, with a sweet tooth for makeup and everything sparkly. When she is not drooling over the next big thing in the beauty industry, she reads mystery novels and makes plans for her next trip. She is the proud aunt of Sophie, age 3, who has rounded her Chanel lipstick, but she loves her anyway.