While being sick, there were several things I wasn’t able to do:
- eat entirely the way I should
- spend time with friends and family
- gained weight
- lost muscle
- less energy
- lost motivation
- no income
- no new blogs/business progress
- lost mental clarity
- cancelled client sessions
- less confidence
- lost voice so I couldn’t really talk to anyone
- less family/friend interaction
I was pretty much a foggy-brained, productive-less couch potato. I completely lost my mojo in every area of my life…and once I started to feel better it took a little extra hard work to get it back and find my routine again. I’ll be honest, square one sucks, but I also know this is a great time to re-evaluate and set new goals (find the positive in everything)! That’s exciting, right?!
With that said, here are 8 preventative measures you can take to help secure your health:
- workout – Weights, cardio, and flexibility are crucial here. Don’t skip any of these three components because they serve each other and function together. Weights build muscle which helps burn fat and keeps your metabolism up, makes you stronger, and protects! Cardio helps keep the health of your heart, lungs, veins, and arteries, etc., in tip-top shape! Flexibility helps improve your range of motion and keeps you safe while you’re doing both cardio and weight training. It’s also great for relaxation and a boost for your mental health.
- eat clean – What you put into your body, you’ll get out of your body. Put in crap and your body will treat you like crap. Put in wholesome, nutrient-rich foods and your body will work for you, not against you! You’ll have more energy, a lower body fat percentage, and a stronger immune system (among several other things)!
- drink lots of water – Your body is mostly water! Did you know that? It creeps around in every cell of your body and serves a useful purpose in every bodily function, so it’s important to keep a fresh supply running through at all times. Water is also how your body helps flush some toxins and other crud out of your system.
- wash your hands – Always wash your hands when you’ve been out and about, touch lots of items and people, and before you eat. And always keep a travel hand sanitizer with you. We touch our faces a lot without much thought, and that’s one of the biggest ways we absorb germs that cause illness.
- schedule a break – Our bodies need rest. If we’re always on the go-go-go and pushing ourselves every waking moment (which is easy to do since we all lead busy lives), our bodies become stressed. Make sure you schedule a rest day in your workout routine or plan something that puts you at ease and makes you purely happy. Read, have a power nap, get a pedicure or massage, have date night with your significant other, or do some yoga.
- get enough sleep – This pairs well with #5 above. Our bodies do most of their repair work and recharging at night, so make sure you get 7-9 hours of quality REM sleep every night.
- laugh – I’ve always believed the best medicine for just about anything is laughter. Stay positive, surround yourself with people that make you laugh, kick back with your favorite comedy, or buy a dog (seriously!)! You can’t help but feel good when you’re laughing.
- regular check-ups – There are a lot of people who neglect their regular check-ups (I’m guilty)…whether it be dental, physical, optic, chiropractic, etc. It’s a good idea since some of the health issues that develop we can’t necessarily see or notice on our own. If anything, it’ll be a great little ego boost when the doc tells you you’re so stinkin’ healthy he/she can’t believe it (if you’re doing all of the above)!
Bottom line? Lose your health, lose your mojo. Find your health, find your mojo.
Yours in Health,