Over the last few weeks, I have put some micro-habits on your radar.
Small changes that if consistently applied to your life, can add up to a healthier YOU.
So this is “check-in time.”
Have you merely read the posts and moved on?
Or have you honestly made an effort to create some healthy momentum with a single tweak?
Sometimes we need to hear things more than once…I get it.
I AM a mom to six kids. Repeating myself is an everyday occurrence.
So look at this week’s tweak as a second chance to
Make. It. Happen.
1) How’s it going on drinking more water?
Were you able to take any of my suggestions?
Medical News Today published an article recently on the 15 health benefits of drinking water. Proper hydration:
Lubricates the joints
Forms saliva and mucus
Delivers oxygen throughout the body
Boosts skin health and beauty
Cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues
Regulates body temperature
Benefits the digestive system
Flushes out body waste
Maintains blood pressure
Supports your airways
Makes minerals and nutrients accessible
Prevents kidney damage
Boosts performance during exercise
Aids in weight loss
Reduces the chance of a hangover
Do any of these resonate with you?
Choose your “why” and then take 1 baby step toward creating a good habit. Go here if you need to re-read that tweak.
I took my own advice and put this app on my phone.
It DID help me to be more intentional about staying hydrated throughout the day. I particularly noticed that I had fewer headaches. I guess I wasn’t drinking as much as I thought.
2) Have You Taken Any Little Steps Toward Improving Your Fitness?
Did you take the advice of my water skiing friend?
Remember, on his way to becoming a world champion he decided to redefine what it meant to be a winner. He said:
“Winning is ending the day just a little bit better than you were this morning.” – David Benzel
We can all do that.
And when it comes to an exercise tweak, it’s the perfect mindset.
Maybe your fitness needs a complete overhaul. Or perhaps, you have been consistently active and just want to:
- Become a bit stronger
- More flexible
- Increase your endurance
- Lose some unhealthy weight
- Reduce stress
Your ability to accomplish ANY of your fitness goals lies in the little daily steps you choose to take.
Re-read this tweak for the specific ways I gave you to tweak your exercise.
And here are a few more to consider:
- Find a friend who will walk with you once a week
- Plank, stretch or run-in-place during commercials
- Start 3 mornings with this 5-minute Yoga Stretch
- Learn a new physical activity
I decided to tweak my current routine by adding in an activity I had not done in years – swimming.
I am only adding it in once or twice a week, but I have enjoyed doing something different. And the BONUS? My new focus has inspired me to get stronger – all over again.
3) Do You View Exercise AND Eating Healthy as a Dynamic Duo?
What do you understand about the word, EXPONENTIAL?
Basically, it means that something can grow or rise or improve at a faster rate.
Healthy Eating + Consistent Activity = A Quicker Path to Fitness
Any time and energy you put into exercising increases exponentially when you combine it with eating healthy food.
Since our eating habits can be influenced by stress, family dynamics, culture, hormones, lifestyle, and boredom it can be hard to know just what to tweak.
In addition to any of the tweaks I mentioned last week, it might be helpful to keep a food journal for 3 days.
Just write down everything you eat and drink for 3 regular days.
Feel free to share it with me for some feedback on a couple of tweaks specific to you.
In the interest of being transparent… I am still working on this one. I have not followed through with any specific tweaks.
But like you, this is my second chance, and I’m going to take advantage of it.