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The Habits of Healthy People

Fitday Editor

Have you ever wondered why 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 they look like they enjoy it?

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 at 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 five 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're 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's healthy to take time for yourself, chill out a little, laugh a little, or just have some peace.

After you have access these small changes, here is a list to help you make small changes in your life.

1. Eat healthy--eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains everyday.
2. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.
3. Eat a balanced diet to help keep a healthy weight.
4. Be active for at least two-and-a-half hours a week. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rate and that strengthens your muscles.
5. Help kids and teens be active for at least one hour a day. Include activities that raise their breathing and heart rate and that strengthen their muscles and bones.
6. Manage stress--balance work, home, and play.
7. Wash hands to stop the spread of germs.
8. Avoid smoking and breathing other people's smoke.
9. Build safe and healthy relationships with family and friends.
10. Stay positive and take time to relax.

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 seven 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. Visit her blog at

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