Small changes we can make every day for a long and healthy life.
Ask yourself a question, what do we mean by healthy, we all know that sitting is the new smoking, every time we listen to or read anything about health we’re told sitting takes years off your life, drinking is the fastest way to shorten your life, unless it’s good quality red wine it seems, smoking is killing not just you but the entire world, and being fat is the end of the world. There are so many superfoods that if we tried to eat them all we’d be morbidly obese, and while we’re on the subject should we all be eating organic, gluten-free, and vegan? Stress, television, and pollution are going to have us in our grave before our children leave primary school, and there doesn’t seem to be much difference in terms of safety between drinking fizzy cola and taking hard drugs. So how are we meant to be plain old healthy?
Well, let’s sit down and take a deep breath, firstly unless your doctor is really concerned you’re probably in the right ball park of healthy. So maybe the question should be how can we become healthier?
80% of our life is far outside of our control, but in fact, there is a whole list of small changes that we can make that will lead to massive improvements. There is a principal in business sometimes referred to as the 80:20 principal. Studies have shown that 80% of the stuff we do, only gives us 20 % of our returns, so in consequence, 20% of the stuff we do gives us 80% of the returns. It’s not hard to work out which bit we should be focusing on.
Habits – Break Bad and Form Good
Bad habits are just that habits, a habit is when you do something and you get a reward. You eat a big meal and you get a reward from the pleasure centre of your brain, you have a cup of coffee, a cigarette, an hour flopped in front of the TV, all give you a reward in return. After 6 weeks of doing something every day, it’s a habit, something that you’ll feel unsettled and uncomfortable unless you do whatever it is.
That’s the good news, no really its good news, because it means we can train ourselves to complete a habit every day, or break a bad habit. So pick one bad habit, the obvious ones are not smoking or drinking that glass of wine after work, but what if you don’t do any of those, well watching one hour less of TV has been shown to make massive improvements in your health. Do you want to go to the gym each morning, well you need to make it a habit? So you need to have a trigger to go, well how about packing your gym bag the night before so that when you get up you just need to pull on your gym clothes grab your bag and head out the door. Keep this up for 6 weeks and it should become second nature, that doesn’t mean you’ll be loving it, but at least you’ll be in the mindset that you have to go.
Exercise. – Build-in Small Amounts a few times a day.
Whilst we’re on the subject of the gym and exercise, did you know dog owners get far more exercise than people with gym memberships? Why is this important? Well, you don’t have to be sweating buckets three times a day on some machine that seems to have been designed to torture you to be fit and healthy. In fact, moderate exercise for 45 minutes 5 times a week will make a massive difference. I haven’t got time for that I hear you say, well go back to the watch an hour less TV a night, or get an exercise bike. One TV programme whilst peddling away at a steady pace each weeknight and hey presto you have your weekly target. Or how about attacking the bathroom cleaning like it’s done something to offend you. Hey presto, one clean bathroom and one day’s exercise.
Sitting is in the news as one of the worst things you can do, well you can go out and buy an expensive standing desk, or every couple of hours you can go for a five-minute walk. Maybe next time you need something from a different floor take the stairs rather than the lift, or go for a wander around the car park to stretch your legs.
Diet- eat plenty of variety, and try new things.
When we say diet we normally mean weight loss, so let’s hit those two head on, if your diet have variety, not too much of the bad stuff, fruit and veg, and you drink plenty of water you’re probably going to be fine. But the modern diet is commonly painfully short in essential vitamins and minerals, so here one small change can really make a huge difference. Noni juice is packed full of antioxidant and other essential parts of your diet.
All the other changes you will be making will put your body under stress, and we know from reading studies and drinking this stuff ourselves, that Noni juice can help combat all the ills that come from pushing your body and mind to improve things. Bursting with antioxidants this is one small change that’s so easy to make that it seems so unreal that you can get all these benefits, but it’s true. Start your healthier life with this one change that will be one of the easier habits to form, and hopefully all the rest will follow.