Well, as most of you know, I’m a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of person. That’s okay most of the time, but when I’m trying to get a blog post out, it doesn’t always work out so well for me. I usually start writing my post for the week on Thursday and finish it up Friday morning. Of course, that’s after I’ve been writing it in my head for days. Unfortunately, I had a horrific headache yesterday and couldn’t even think of writing a post. So…. once again, I’m going to share some of the short and simple wellness tips I’ve shared on my Facebook page lately.
Some Short and Simple Wellness Tips
Do you ever become impatient with yourself when you’re trying to make wellness changes? I know for me, it’s easy to become discouraged when I’m not making the progress I want to make or I hit a snag in my plan. As Stephen Covey says, we need to be patient with ourselves. Change isn’t easy, and self-growth takes time to ‘harden’ and mature. Keep working at it — it really is the best investment you can make. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. In order to invest in others, you have to invest in yourself first.
So often, when we’re trying to improve our health, we make our eating plans too restrictive. We swear off all ______________ (sugar, carbs, fats….. you fill in the blank) which may work great for a while. The problem is that super-restrictive plans aren’t usually sustainable over the long term, and we may end up rebounding and eating more of the foods we’re trying to avoid than we did to begin with. As we talked about in Good Foods, Bad Foods, a better approach might be looking at them on a continuum of Eat More, Eat Some, or Eat Less.
Sometimes we think we’re doing something healthy for ourselves when we drink that glass of fruit juice. While it may be somewhat better for us than soda, juice still contains a lot of sugar that’s not balanced by fiber. That means we may experience those blood-sugar spikes that leave us feeling hungry and exhausted just a little while later. Eating a piece of whole fruit instead of juice gives you fiber, and the process of chewing can help you feel more satisfied.
What’s the first thing we think of when we think of trying to lose weight? Most likely that we have to eat less and exercise more, right? Research has shown that exercise can impact fat loss, but maybe not as much as people think. We’ll talk a little more about this in another post, but for now, let’s talk about NEAT. NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis – the calories we burn while going about our daily lives. Whether it’s cleaning, gardening, going for a leisurely walk, buying groceries, or just fidgeting, our daily activity adds up and impacts our metabolism. This can be especially important if we’re spending a lot of our day sitting, either through choice or necessity. Increasing our NEAT is a great first step toward increasing our metabolism.
That doesn’t mean exercise isn’t important, though. Aerobic exercise is critical for heart health, resistance training keeps us strong, balance training helps us avoid falls, and mobility training helps us stay active with fewer injuries.
As we talked about in Stay Strong, Resistance Training has lots of benefits to our bodies, including strength, improved metabolism, and increased bone mineral density.
Don’t you just love this quote? We almost all fail at something at times in our lives, but that doesn’t mean we just quit. We can use those failures as stepping stones to success instead. Missteps help us figure out what doesn’t work. Viewing them as learning experiences instead of failures can help us adjust what we’re doing and figure out what does work for us.
I’ve always said that people really do have a general idea of the things they need to do to get healthier and improve their overall wellness. Sometimes we just need a little reminder. I hope some of these serve as the reminder you needed today.
Did any of them resonate with you? Do you have any wellness tips you’d like to share? Please let us know with your comments.
One Last Thing….
My fabulous friend Caz at Invisibly Me has nominated me for a Wego Award. If you feel inclined to do so, I’d love it if you’d endorse me. All you have to do is click on the image below and give me a “thumbs up.” I know this is short notice – the endorsement period ends July 31st – but since Caz was nice enough to nominate me, I wanted to mention it. Thanks so much!
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