Where do I start? It can be a daunting decision that can freeze you into inaction.
The most important thing is to start. It’s never too late. I have to say sooner is better. It was a decision that was forced upon me in my 40’s. I can confirm it is never too late.
What do I start with? Della and I have learned to concentrate on 4 areas.
- Exercise your body 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes
- Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a day.
- Stay hydrated.
- Eat whole food.
Exercise your body.
It doesn’t have to be a marathon. You do need to get your heart pumping at least 3 times a week for 30-60 minutes.
You can go to a gym, walk a track, walk a mall or the neighborhood. While you’re out why not invite a friend or make a new one?
If you get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, good for you. When we were working we got 5-6 hours a night and I suspect most people fall into this category.
Catching up on the weekend doesn’t work. You may feel rested but your body will pay the price just like mine did.
Make sure you drink enough water. I found this hard for some reason. But when I do, I know my digestion works better and my joints don’t hurt.
How much? I use half my body weight in ounces. We keep a pitcher on the counter to remind us every time we walk passed. Some folks use a water bottle they refill a certain number of times a day. Your body will tell you how you are doing by the color of your urine. You’re looking for a faint yellow color. A dark color means your not drinking enough water.
Coffee is a diuretic so it doesn’t count.
Eat whole food.
Avoid highly processed food.
Your plate should be 2/3 fruit and vegetables. The recommended number of daily servings is 9-13. If you have trouble achieving this number, Della and I have found an option that helps us achieve this every day. Use the comment box below and we’ll fill you in.
If you’ll commit to making 1 simple change a month, you will notice a difference in 4 months. It’s not a quick fix to repair your health though. Get started and keep at it. We’re here to talk if you need support.