5 Habits to Stay Healthy

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By Patrick Dunham on October 1, 2018

Being healthy is not just part of my job, it is a big part of my life; however, it is something that I have to work at every single day just like everyone else. Take a look the five things I try to do every day to stay healthy mind, body and soul.

1. Have a game plan
We have plans for our work life and for activities with family and friends, but what about a personal game plan? I have found that it is much easier to take charge of my day when it is planned out.

I think about:

  • What will I eat?
  • When will I exercise?
  • What will I do when I get off work?

Try writing out your game plan for the day each night or make a weekly plan on Sunday before the work week begins.

Plan out your healthy meals and snacks for the day, when you will exercise and don’t forget to include time with your family and friends. The only person that can make it happen is you!

2. Work hard
Working hard not only pertains to our jobs, we also need to work hard to consistently make healthy choices. It’s not always easy to find time for everything I want or need to do, but it is important to my overall health to make time for myself and what is healthy for me.

Do what you can to make it a priority to exercise and make time for what you value, whether it is your family, hobbies or other pursuits.

3. Prepare your food
Time tends to be my biggest obstacle when it comes to sticking to my game plan with healthy eating. Planning ahead and preparing meals in advance not only saves money, but makes it easier to follow my game plan throughout the day or week. 

Another great benefit of preparing my own food is that I know exactly what is in it and how it is made! I always try to prepare meals that I can easily and quickly use over the course of a few days. Making a little extra for dinner each night means that I have a healthy lunch all ready to go the next day.

4. Be present
Whether it’s for safety (like not texting while driving or being aware of your surroundings) or for common courtesy, it is important to be present. There are lots of ways I try to practice being present throughout the day, like having face-to-face interactions with people, looking them in the eye when talking to them or just enjoying the moment I’m in.

Simple actions like these not only keep you safe and improve your relationships with people in your life, but can also help you feel more fulfilled, connected and in control.

5. Get enough sleep
The National Sleep Foundation recommended that adults get seven to nine hours of sleep every night.  This is a tough one for all of us, but I find that my physical performance, decision-making abilities and general well-being is easily impacted by how much sleep I get.

The benefits from getting enough sleep are especially important for those who are exercising regularly! Plus, when you get enough sleep it can make it easier to get up for that early morning sweat session.

These are just a few of the things that help me be my best every day. What do you do to stay healthy and fit every day?

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