The next pillar of our health assessment is lifestyle. Lifestyle can often be the most difficult to change so we’re here to ensure that you make changes that are both transformational and sustainable to your life.
There is no getting around it–you need to exercise to achieve optimal health. Exercise reduces your risk for all of the big killers including cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity and cancer. It also boosts your mood, enhances memory, reduces anxiety and keeps your bones healthy. Aim for at least 150 minutes/week of aerobics and don’t forget to include stretching and strength training exercises in your weekly regimen.[i]
Reduce Stress Levels
Stress interrupts sleep, increases inflammation, lowers immunity, causes poor dietary choices and increases your risk for all sorts of nasty diseases.[ii] Exercising, deep breathing, meditating, and journaling all help reduce stress. Also, allot yourself some solo ‘me time’ daily and if you have ongoing issues that cause you stress and anxiety consider learning and practicing EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).
Connect with Others
Connecting with others not only reduces stress it also reduces loneliness which is associated with depression, lowered immunity and an increased risk for Alzheimer’s and heart disease.[iii] Join a sports team, reading club or common interest group and make an extra effort to reach out to the people who are already in your life.
Get Enough Sleep
Without sleep there is no health. Sleep gives your body the rest that it needs to repair itself, it reduces inflammation, enhances mood and increases quality of life. It also encourages the release of certain hormones that help you to make nutritious food choices and reach your goal weight. Aim for 7-9 hours nightly, and keep your room pitch black, cool, quiet and free of technological devices to ensure a deep, restful sleep.
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