Happy New Year!! May 2015 be a great year for all of us and lets try to achieve some healthy practices this year. What I find works best in order to change the old habits is to learn as much as possible how our bodies work and how external factors such as food and environment affect our health. Once you learn a little bit more, you can visualize the damage being caused and most definitely you will switch your bad habits and adopt new, healthier attitude.
There is simply not enough attention given to living healthier lives and practicing prevention instead of cure. I was thinking lately how we spend so much time studying in school and later university, but most of us don’t learn much about taking care of our health. Wouldn’t it be great to have a class on basic health practices in school, perhaps we could avoid many teenage eating disorders and many health issues later in life. Most of the people I speak to don’t take much care about their body until some serious health problem comes up. We should really take our yearly health check ups seriously because from there we can see first warning signs our body is giving us. Also, we need to be in tune with our bodies and pay attention to some serious reoccurring signals.
Living a healthy life and changing some of the bad habits doesn’t mean having a boring life and eating salads all day. It simply means making some healthy choices and understanding what are the staple items you need on a daily basis to maintain a strong immune system. Of course some form of exercise should be included at least 3 times a week to get the heart pumping and get more oxygen into the body. If you have a vision in mind of how you want to look and feel, exercise becomes a very easy habit to have. So set your goals and visualize how do you want to look by end of 2015! And then you can learn what are the ways to help you get there. I found that finding a quick fix will not work in the long run, therefore you have to find a way to change your habits in the long run and employ a whole new lifestyle.
Another great habit to practice is to start daily deep breathing. I find this to be the easiest to do while you are driving as it also relaxes you and you have the time to focus. Most of us simply don’t get enough oxygen into our blood and by breathing deeply we change our bodies from acidic to alkaline, in order to avoid many chronic diseases from happening.
Here is how to do it:
- Simply get comfortable in any position and put your hands on your chest and stomach.
- To maximize oxygen intake, it’s important to learn to breathe from your abdomen (“belly breathing”) rather than your chest. Focus on your breath until you feel your stomach rise and fall more dramatically than your chest with each inhalation and exhalation.
- Breathe in through your nose, hold the breath for a few seconds and then exhale through your mouth. The time it takes to exhale should be about twice what it is to inhale. (Many suggest a 4:7:8 pattern – 4 to inhale, 7 to hold, and 8 to exhale.) Let go of other thoughts while you breathe.
- Do 4-8 breath cycles 1-3 times every day.
There are always new things to learn about health so please continue to learn and change one step at the time. Enjoy the process at the same time, don’t push too hard, as long as you stay motivated it is possible to achieve great health. If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask those around you or even professional help.
I wish that you achieve the healthy lifestyle in 2015 and let us learn from each other!