Being a champion of good health and fitness, I have to jump in at the NEW YEAR and offer some information for making positive change. Though from the end of one year to the beginning of the next, we don’t truly transform ourselves, it’s not bad to have a benchmark like January 1st from which to leap into something new and extremely positive. It won’t be easy—that’s a given. Patience and perseverance have to be a part of the mix. But making positive change has great rewards—and we all have a year to do it!
So here are a few ideas that I have gathered for you. The information is in categories.
- Check it out.
- Select those areas of endeavor that you want to work on.
- Plot and plan for 2016 and a year of better health!
- And don’t take on too much.
Good luck. You can do it!
- Be a better friend, spouse, significant-other, grandparent etc by learning to communicate openly. Share yourself. Eliminate fear—be honest about your weaknesses and needs. It’s called TRUST.
- Grandparents: don’t buy your grandchildren’s love with THINGS. Give of yourself with stories, hugs. Sit and listen to everything they have to say.
- Give of yourself to someone in need. After one hour of giving to someone you don’t know—you’ll feel more positive about everything in your own little world.
Your Mental Health
- Spend time outside. Walk or bike, read in the sun or sweep a sidewalk, look up at the sky or listen to the birds or the winter wind. Experience natural environment and work against nature-deficit disorder. http://bethhavey.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/nature-deficit-disorder-why-we-need-to-go-outside-and…/
- Stimulate your senses: light aromatic candles, cook with spices, bathe with citrus infused soaps. Listen to music using moderate volume. Select a tactile blanket to cozy under while you read.
- Reduce electronic use before sleep. Read a book. Meditate. Breathe deeply. Look at the moon or the stars. Then drift off to sleep.
- Belong. Family, church, community, friendships—it might sound old-fashioned and ordinary, but belonging to all or any of these will extend your life and make it meaningful.
- Know your purpose. Awake each day knowing your values and beliefs. Use your talents and passions to achieve goals—whether it’s raising a child, painting a room or writing a book.
Your Physical Health
- Reverse inflammation in your body by reducing stress: pray, nap, meditate.
- Use your body—walk, work outdoors, avoid conveniences so you labor and sweat.
- Have a healthy relationship with alcohol—two glasses of wine at night is good for you.
- Don’t smoke.
- Encourage a mind over body connection to lose weight.
- Eat six small meals a day to lose weight and control blood sugar.
- Eat protein at every small meal—it stays with you longer so you won’t feel hungry.
- You need carbs for energy, just reduce the number you eat per small meal.
- Increase greens and veggies. Eat fruit 3 times a day.
- Drink water. Introduce dairy into your diet with milk, cheese and yogurt.
- Don’t’ skip meals. When you do you will overeat and gain weight.
- Sit while eating
- Increase these foods in your diet: cruciferous vegetables, green tea, pomegranate, high fiber foods, blueberries.
So make your lists and jump right in.
And please stay with me on Boomer Highway. Ask me questions, make comments. We’ll make 2016 the best and we’ll do it together.
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