Ever came across someone who wanted to live a healthy life but then they where clueless on where to start? Or maybe are you this person? Well if so, do not worry because you are not the first person to have ever asked this question, “WHERE DO I START FROM!!!” personally I once asked myself this same question last year. The truth is, just start from where you already are.
However, here are some of the things you can consider as you start:
Dedicate some time for your relationships
Won’t it be nice to tarry this health journey with your loved ones? Won’t it be more enjoyable if you can journey with them? As for me, it would be great; that’s why I have a team that I am working with.
As you are aware, us human beings were created as social beings. Hence, if we do not fill that social space in our lives, it will be difficult for us to have a proper health lifestyle since we will be more immune to stress and we will not have enough encouragement to make it through this journey etc. Without filling that social aspect of our lives, we will be prone to fill our lives with “empty nothings”. Hence as part of this journey, I encourage all of us to fill our social lives with healthy relationships that will enable us to reach our goals healthily. Trust me you will need these relationships one-way or the other. Develop your relationship with other people; you are not a machine! However, KEEP FOCUSED and do not forget the prize at the end of the journey whilst growing your relationships.
Make some adjustments to your diet
Well to understand what I mean, just look into your cupboard and fridge and then earnestly tell yourself what you are seeing in it. If you are seeing a picture that will bring healing to your body then by all means, carry on with your diet. But, if you are seeing a picture that reflects something that will bring diseases to your body, then by all means, it is time for you to make some adjustments bit-by-bit so that you can become a better version of yourself. Yes “bit-by-bit” since that is the only way you can be able to stick to the healthier diet. Studies have constantly shown that, those who substitute their unhealthy lifestyles to healthy ones bit-by-bit usually do not look back unlike those who change their diet in a twinkle of an eye.
Why change diet? Well because, the things you put within your mouth usually determine which way you're herded; show if you are headed north, or south. Here is a poem, which can help you determine your diet choice:
‘’Mouths are windows to the soul; they tell if we are cheating... Straining principles of old, then breaking them by eating. For if we eat what we should not and foul our underpinning, Then we make our plate and pot the vehicles for sinning. For what goes in, goes deep within, it burrows past the cell, And leaves a record of sin that others read as well. For flu's and colds and extra pounds, the girth from hated tissues... Focuses and brings around important, weighted issues. Am I a “little hellion”, or I, by my meal-time-choice a “saint”? Is there peace with "inner voice" or am I in rebellion?’’ .
Allocate some time to exercise
One may wonder why they need to exercise if they are already eating well, fit, married, too busy… Well to be honest with you, I used to be one of those who liked talking about exercises but never really exercised because I thought that eating healthy and exercising when I felt like it was enough. However, this mindset changed last year in late August when I came in contact with this quote “The time spent in physical exercise is not lost. Anyone who is constantly poring over his work, while he takes but little exercise in the open air, does himself an injury. A proportionate exercise of the various organs and faculties of the body is essential to the best work of each individual. When the brain is constantly taxed while the other organs are left inactive, there is a loss of physical and mental strength. The physical powers are robbed of their healthy tone, the mind loses its freshness and vigor, and a morbid excitability is the result. In order for men and women to have well-balanced minds, all the powers of the being should be called into use and developed…”-Counsels to Parents and Teachers, 295-300.
20- 30 minutes of physical exercise per day (1440minutes) is better than nothing. Hence, I would love to encourage all of us to dedicate 25-30 minutes (at least) for exercising during the day (5 times a week) and then you can always do more as soon as you are now used to this routine.
Dedicate some quality time to study an inspirational book of your choice
“Reading is a good thing; it enables learning. A child who reads “difficult’ or ‘good’ books develops more quickly, in terms of vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and other learning skills, while the non-reader finds learning difficult. We improve our reading skills when we read for pleasure. Not everyone finds pleasure in reading. For them, reading is like medicine- however nasty it is at the time, it is good for you”
“Upon the right improvement of our time depends our success in acquiring knowledge and mental culture. The cultivation of the intellect need not be prevented by poverty, humble origin, or unfavorable surroundings. Only let the moments be treasured. A few moments here and a few there, that might be frittered away in aimless talk; the morning hours so often wasted in bed; the time spent in traveling on trams or railway cars, or waiting at the station; the moments of waiting for meals, waiting for those who are tardy in keeping an appointment—if a book were kept at hand, and these fragments of time were improved in study, reading, or careful thought, what might not be accomplished. A resolute purpose, persistent industry, and careful economy of time, will enable men to acquire knowledge and mental discipline which will qualify them for almost any position of influence and usefulness.” -The faith I live by, page 159
Well now that we know what to include in our daily schedules (which will enable us to be healthier beings), let us not forget that we ought to be TEMPERANCE (restraining from bad habits and doing the good habits in moderation) in all these things since that is the only way we will be able to stick to our new lifestyle.