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Healthy Habits Create a Happy Life

Jul 16, 2014
Some people are rarely sick and they look happy all the time.  Do you know people like that?  Are they irritating you just by showing up to work and looking like they enjoy it?

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You can have this type of outlook on life, too!  You can make simple changes today and hopefully by the time you finish reading this article, it will not seem impossible to become a healthy, happy person.

First, consider what gives you energy, what makes you get excited like a little kid?  Write it down and decide how you can do more of this in your current lifestyle. List four more activities or habits that make you feel healthy and alive.  Write those down too.  Post this list in three places that you frequent everyday in your house.  Look and that list everyday and act on the list.  You will soon find yourself a little happier and wiser for it.  Really!

Second, list at least 5 energy draining activities or habits that really zap your energy.  For instance, do you really have to go to all those meetings?  Make a priority on which ones are absolutely necessary and attend those meetings.  Does it seem that you are filling your calendar with "to do" items, just to say you are doing them?  That in itself is draining and you must stop to take a look and say, why am I doing that?  The very next step is to take that list and replace it with something that will inspire you to do more for yourself.  And that could be just by doing nothing.  Where is it written that we must be busy all the time? We don't give ourselves time to recharge our batteries for work or play-- it is healthy to take time for yourself, chill out a little, laugh a little or just have some peace. After adequate rest, you will find you are totally energy charged for any task that you would like to complete for the next day.  

After you have made these small changes, here is a list for you to read. Try a little, make small changes in your life and you may find yourself a happy, healthy individual.  People will start to ask, what have you done lately and you can tell them:
  • Eat healthy-eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains everyday.
  • Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.
  • Eat a balanced diet to help keep a healthy weight.
  • Be active for at least 2 ½ hours a week. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and that strengthens your muscles.
  • Help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day. Include activities that raise their breathing and heart rates and that strengthen their muscles and bones.
  • Manage stress-balance work, home and play.
  • Wash hands to stop the spread of germs.
  • Avoid smoking and breathing other people's smoke.
  • Build safe and healthy relationships with family and friends.
  • Stay positive and take time to relax.

References:  Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Women's Health.  owh@cdc.gov

Michele Batz is a 30-year veteran in the physical education field, with a master's and PhD in holistic nutrition and a master's in Administration. She's been a Fitness writer for the past 7 years to help motivate not just in the physical sense but also the creative. The arts with movement is an element she is working on in her classes and with the help of CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Children's Health) to combine all elements of leading a healthy, active life. CATCH involves the whole school community, physical education teachers, classroom teachers, cafeteria, parents and the community. This is a wonderful way to educate our youth to fight children's obesity. Michele enjoys her life with her husband and son, living in Illinois. Visit her blog at mbatz.blogspot.com.


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