Last week I spoke with someone who was overweight, a smoker, and in his own words, addicted to stress. He said that the most important thing to him was to be able to play with his grandchildren. In his own words, he wanted for his body to work for him.
Knowing that I am a health coach, he asked me to tell him the bottom line to repair his ailing body. He also spoke abstractly about “other people” who do not want to make positive changes in their bodies, how “other people” were not motivated. Then he demanded, “How much is this going to cost me?” He said that he did not have any extra time or money to get healthy.
My conclusion about this poor guy is that he will probably have a very low-to-nil learnability index. My other conclusion is that there is no bottom line to achieving good health. Here are the components that when added together, can make dramatic and lasting change. If you are different than he is, and you are willing to approach being well from a variety of angles, you will enjoy this list.
- Hydrate. Water will help your body eliminate toxins and keep your joints mobile. If you switch from soda to tea or water you will feel better almost immediately.
- Move. Exercise will help reduce stress, stimulate the fat-burning/energy storage in your body, and help you resist a variety of undesirable diseases. Get warm, pink, moist and increase your heart rate. Otherwise, it doesn’t count as much. Breathing deeply will help quiet your mind and promote relaxation. Exercise releases hormones that will put you in a good mood.
- Eat your veggies! They are loaded with the micronutrients to keep your cells healthy. Healthy cells mean healthy body. They provide essential building blocks that they left out of fast food and junk food.
- Take high quality supplements. They kick in when you did not get your 8-9 servings of fruits and veggies that day. They provide an extra layer of protection. (Do not take them instead of eating nutritious food. That’s cheating.)
- Get plenty of rest and keep the stress under control. Sleep restores your body. It even balances your hormones, a key to optimal health. The less stress the less inflammation in your body and the higher your self-esteem, which adds to making more pro-health choices.
- Maintain normal weight. You will have more energy at an average weight than if you were very skinny or very fat. People with average weight have less heart disease and cancer and live longer.
The bottom line of health? The more you do the better you will feel and the healthier you will be. Now, that’s the bottom line!