Lao Tzu wisely said, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. As we celebrate National Public Health Week, Homecare Advocate is outlining 7 steps you can take to begin your journey to a life of health and wellness.
1) Make small changes, every day.
Don’t burnout with a lifestyle overhaul; make small changes that you build upon for a sustainable path to healthiness.
2) Get Active!
Participate in activities that increase your physical activity level while socializing with others. A side benefit is that this group will act as your accountability partner, giving you motivation to go back.
3) Focus on Food.
What you put in is what you’ll get out. Over 2/3 of adult Americans are overweight or obese. Limit sugars, increase hearty vegetables, watch portions. Read more about food benefits on our earlier posts on Food Power and Senior Nutrition.
4) Assess Yourself.
When’s the last time you had a full body assessment by a physician? Find out if you have any health issues, disease risks, or problem areas that need to be addressed.
5) Just Say No.
Evaluate unhealthy habits and start cutting them out, one by one. Smoking, excessive drinking, overeating, not flossing… Whatever the issue, it’s never too late to start making better body choices.
6) Sleep Soundly.
Give your body a full night’s sleep to improve your focus and energy level the next day. Don’t fall victim to the serious long-term effects of sleep deprivation.
7) Know Your Limits.
Prioritize your activities and responsibilities, and learn to say no when needed. Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a great resource for you to help identify what matters most & prevent you from focusing on the wrong things.
Happy healthier you!