As a personal trainer and performance coach, I get asked ALL the time - "What can I do to be HEALTHIER?"
It's as simple as it is complex - its not just one THING, it's a LOT of THINGS that come together to make you healthier.
You just need to START somewhere.
Here are some of my top recommendations to get you started TODAY.
1. Start serving your meals on a SMALLER PLATE or in a SMALLER BOWL
Have you ever taken the time to look at what an ACTUAL serving size is of the things you eat on a regular basis? Did you know that one serve of pasta is around a cup? Bet you couldn't tell me the last time you only had a cup of pasta! 😉 Start paying attention to your serving sizes - portion control for the win! And what's the EASIEST way to do this? Serve everything on a smaller plate/bowl.
2. Drink WATER!
I know, you've heard it a MILLION times - but hydration is SO important for health and wellbeing. It not only cleanses the body of toxins, but it is amazing for cardiovascular health and just plain ol' keeps you hydrated! The first thing you do when you get up in the morning is to start rehydrating. You've been asleep for hours so you're starting the day dehydrated - get that sorted ASAP!
3. Shop on a FULL STOMACH and TAKE A LIST
If you go the shops with no plan and an empty belly, you are setting yourself up to FAIL. A hungry, disorganised you will make all kinds of terrible food choices. Just don't do it. Eat first and plan what you will buy.
4. Look for INCIDENTAL EXERCISE OPPORTUNITIES
You know how we always say, "take the stairs"? We ain't kidding! Look for as many opportunities as this as possible. On the phone to a friend? Take the dog for a walk at the same time. Need to go to the shop to grab something? Walk instead of taking the car. Look for these opportunities - the more you pay attention, the more will appear!
5. DITCH SCREENS an hour before bedtime.
Yes, that means no phones, tablets or computers in bed. Wanna know why? It not only stimulates your brain, but the blue light emitted by all LED screens also interferes with the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. NOT IDEAL. Read a book, hang out with your partner - create an evening routine that allows you to wind down ready for bed.
6. Eat MINDFULLY and eat SITTING DOWN
It might sound basic, but how many times have you scoffed down a burger during your lunch break racing back to your desk? By paying attention to what you are eating, how fast you are eating and why you are eating it - you can make better food related decisions. You'll stop when you are full and you'll chew things properly.
How's that for a GREAT start - and you literally can take action right now, TODAY!
The road to "being healthy" is made up of many small decisions. Once you start making more good ones than bad - you'll really notice the difference!
In case you missed it, the internet (specifically the iTunes Store) literally went into meltdown today with the launch of Disney +.
It's a new streaming service by Disney (Duh!) which includes a hefty chunk of the companies properties back catalogue as well as all new original content.
As a true Disney Tragic, I was beyond-excited for the movies, the TV-shows - all that classic Disney fabulousness.
But my favourite category as it turn out - DOCUMENTARIES.
Now, I was a little concerned with all the extra time I was going to need to find in my day for Disney, but how much easier is it to justify when its EDUCATIONAL.
Walt Disney once said "The theatre of education will be any marketplace, public square, hill or dale where power can be found to project a motion picture on a screen."
He was a huge advocate for education and some of his first live-action films were documentaries! (Real-Life Adventures 1948-1960) It is even said that he invented the nature documentary.
It makes a stack of sense then, that the Disney company continue on his tradition of educating the masses through "motion pictures." The only major difference in 2019, we can watch them in the comfort of our very own home on a huge variety of devices. I wonder what he would have thought of this great, big beautiful tomorrow?
And I haven't even mentioned yet that Disney + is the new home of National Geographic, have I!? No introduction needed there, really...
The jewel in the top of Disney + Edu-Tainment Crown though, is The World According To Jeff Goldblum. (Part of the Nat Geo family)
A 12-Part series, Jeff "pulls the thread on a deceptively familiar object to unravel a world of astonishing connections and fascinating science and history..."
Jeff is a marvel in himself, so anything he could possibly present on, from sneakers to ice cream (WARNING: SPOILERS!) could only be a whole bucket-o-fun and learnin's.
That's what's next on my Watchlist - right after I finish The Imagineering Story - a behind the scenes showcase of Walt Disney Imagineering - the design and development centre of The Walt Disney Company. For anyone who loves the history of the company, the parks or even those who love seeing amazing people solve even more amazing problems - this one's for you!