Listen, here at Ground Luminosity, we recognize that you are busy. We all are, but there is plenty of time in each day to do the following. Taking charge of your health shouldn’t be complicated, but it does require your involvement.
- Eat Your Veggies – Everyday you should eat the five colors: green, white, brown, red, and orange/yellow. If you are more than 30 years old, you should be eating at least 7 servings of veggies/fruits per day. A serving is approximately half a cup of cooked vegetables. This is not hard folks. Fiber is key to maintaining good digestive health. It strengthens your immunity, reduces chances of cancer and it is just plain good for you. Click here for more tips
- Pay Attention to Your Fluids – Men should being peeing 3-5 times a day, women 4-6 times a day. This is going to sound crazy, but you could be drinking too many fluids. For every one cup of coffee or tea you need two cups of water to bring you back to whatever state of hydration you were in before you drank the coffee/tea, but you really should be getting your water from your veggies, fruits, and grains. Too much fluid is taxing on your kidneys. Anywhere from 40-60oz should be enough (more in summer), unless of course your drink coffee and booze regularly. Your pee should be a nice light yellow color. Too dark and you need more water. Too clear then you’re drinking too much.
- Stretch – This is one everyone struggles with. No one wants to take 5-10mins a day to stretch. However, if you can build it into your routine, your body will greatly appreciate it. Moreover, you will be much happier because you’ll be in less pain as you age. One of the main reasons we start to feel aches and pains as we age is because our muscles atrophy, restricting movement and increasing chance of injury. Stretching keeps the muscles flexible for longer, reducing likelihood of injury and pain.
- Check in With Yourself – Most of our aches and pains come from our everyday posturing. Make it a point to check in with yourself. At any given moment throughout your day, take a moment to review how you are holding yourself. What muscles are engaged in a particular activity, driving the car, watching tv, while on the computer? Once you start doing this you recognize your own posturing and can begin to make subtle changes that can have profound effects on how you feel.
- Get a Massage Regularly – Your body is made up of tissue and it is your responsibility to take care of it. We take our cars in for a tune up every quarter, but we expect our bodies to keep going over our life times without any kind of tune up. It’s silly, really, so make an appointment right now and check in with someone who knows.
These things are not difficult. That’s the point. You CAN do each of them. Just wait to see how good you feel (there is an adjustment period so stay consistent). Here’s the reality, being healthy is simple, but most of us struggle with it because we think about it too much and think it should be some grand task. Stop thinking, just start building the habits.