Thank you Michelle Obama for this idea! She asked us (all of us) to list 5 things of something health conscious. I’ll share some 5 overall healthy habits. <3 Cause, I’m a expert on this and all. ;) (i’m not).
1. Eat your vegetables. I had a yoga teacher that would say “eat your vegetables” every single time we would end class after the traditional “namaste.” It burned on my mind because of him, and I learned that this was one thing I could never ever neglect. I really do notice the negative effects to not eating those veggies: low energy, low positivity, sluggish, hunger, etc. So, to stay full, to have good energy, and to stay positive I know I need to eat my vegetables.
2. Get some sunshine. While at work, take some time to walk outside for 10 minutes. Or, play outside with your kids. I once was in a depressive state for a long time a few years ago, my mom asked me what gives me joy, I replied with “going on walks”. Even though it was winter and snowy, it was decided that going out for a walk, even to get some winter sunshine was worth bundling up.
3. Be with friends. I count this as being healthy, because it is so important to be socially engaged. It’s scary to think how many people are glued to technology: video games, social media, netflix, and blogs *cough*. I’ve had roommates that lock themselves in their rooms and would watch netflix all day (and a friend that is in this current situation). Where’s the fun in having a roommate if you’re not chatting together once in awhile? Socializing is being vulnerable. I really believe that if we teach ourselves and the younger generation to be socially engaged, then we won’t see so much sexual violence, broken hearts, and loneliness in the world.
4. Read. Read. Read. And, read some more. My husband is a brilliant man due to a number of things, but also due to his dedication to reading (there he is in the HBS library). It is so motivating to me. I’ve been reading more and I feel so much joy out of it. Keeping our minds healthy is just as important as keeping our bodies healthy, don’t ya think?
5. Lastly, move your body. I can’t really say what the “best” workout is. You can listen to this podcast to find out (hint: whatever it is you’ll actually do is the best). But, for me I’m pretty much in love with everything except for swimming. I love boxing, running, cycling, hiking, rock climbing, yoga, weights, rowing, and yoga again. Is there a career out there for me to go to cool workout studios all day? Can cool workout studios come to Utah? (SoulCycle, FlyWheel, Barry’s Bootcamp do you hear me?!). I could move all day and love every minute of it. But, obviously there are moments that I severely don’t want to move a muscle and be lazy all day. Sometimes I let myself be lazy, but the moments when I “make” myself move I feel like a new woman afterwards.
What’s your #GimmeFive??