Welcome to 2012! This year, I am renewing my commitment to live well. And, I invite you to join me. Here are ten simple, easy to implement, actions I will take each and every day –no matter where I am, what I am doing, or what is happening in my life. For a fuller discussion of these actions and a free download, please go to the Articles section of this site for my article, Give Yourself the Gift of Health.
- Exercise. To see results, you don’t need 1 or 2 hours, you only need 20 or 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Shoot for cardio, balance, flexibility, and resistance training. See my article, Strength Training and Aging, for the benefits of strength or resistance training.
- Stretch. When you make stretching a part of your daily life, every part of your body thanks you. You experience less pain; you loosen up; and, you have more energy.
- Eat consciously. Be more aware of what you are eating and how your food choices can affect your body, mind, emotions, and overall well being – now as well as in the future. Making better food choices is not an option. It’s a necessity.
- Drink water. To start your day off on the “good foot”, so to speak, drink at least one 8 oz glass as soon as you get up. Throughout the day, drink water, water, and even more water.
- Journal. Get a notebook and write down something every single day. This simple act is empowering because it helps you to track where you’ve been, where you are and just how much progress you’ve made.
- Protect your mind. Be mindful of what you listen to and read. And, don’t believe everything you hear. Consider the source. Don’t even believe everything you tell yourself. Regardless of the source: Garbage in garbage out.
- Connect. Have one person you connect with every single day. This is especially important as you get older. This let someone know that you are alive and well. And, it lets the other person know that they matter.
- Be positive. Every day, resolve to do these three things to maintain a positive attitude: smile, focus on what you have not what you don’t have, and expect only great things to happen to you.
- Read. Start your day by reading and absorbing something motivational, inspirational, and educational. And, by all means, make it positive.
- Give thanks. Think of each day as a gift. And, be grateful.
When you make a commitment live well, you are making a huge difference not only in your own life but in the lives of your loved ones.
What are some of your plans for living well in 2012? Let me hear from you.