Hooray, Happy New Year! Enter all the questions about resolutions, blah, blah, blah, ugh.
We over ate the past month or so, let our healthy habits lapse and let the mirror smite us with judgment. So off to Whole Foods and the gym we go. We are gonna lose those ten pounds and get in the best shape of our lives.
We are determined this year.
But nobody told your job, your family or your life to slow down so you can take a healthy timeout. So what do you do if you find yourself with only 15 minutes today to do anything remotely healthy? How do you keep the ball rolling in that direction when you don’t have time to make it to the gym or plan out the best of meals? You need to do those things, but health is in details. The little details.
Here are 7 little things that pay massive dividends in your health.
Drink some clean water
Dump the coffee, soda, and juice. Water is vital for our existence. Our bodies are made up of at least 80% water, but most people are walking around dehydrated with dry cracked skin, plummeting energy levels and accumulating toxins at every turn. Water is needed for every process in our body and helps clear toxins. Put a liter or more of good ol’ fashion water in your body and see your energy rise and your weight drop. Then drink another.
Movement is life. When you sit stress hormones, namely cortisol, are released into your body that makes you tired, gain weight, and give you poor posture. When you get up and move a different set of hormones, like human growth hormone, are released that promote health mental clarity, energy, and vitality. Movement is life. When you don’t move your health suffers. Go for a walk at lunch time. Do fifteen minutes of yoga.
Take a nap
Raise your hand if you get enough sleep. I didn’t think so. When we sleep that is when our bodies health and rejuvenate for the next day. You may be surprised at what a 15-minute cat nap will do to your energy and mental clarity. And then you don’t need that second cup of coffee to get you through the day.
Get your spine adjusted
Did you know that you don’t have to been in pain to have your spine adjusted by a chiropractor? The clinical results are amazing with what happens as a result of a well-adjusted spine. A properly aligned spine ensures that the pressure is off of your nerves. Keeping the electrical circuits of your body free of interference enables your body to conserve energy, focus more on mission-critical activities like digestion, better mental clarity, and so much more. Lab results show that when a person is adjusted their immune system turns way up. It takes little time and yields health by the bushels.
Take a break, get outside and breathe deep. Open those lungs and take several deep belly breaths. This brings fresh oxygen to your overburdened body. Additionally, it promotes better circulation especially to your lungs where the lymphatics there are responsible for clearing the toxins you breathe. As well, your energy will spike like you just had a cup of joe or took a nap. Breathing deep is something we need to do more of.
We need the sunshine. Our bodies count on it for the creation of vitamin D. Vitamin D3, in particular, is mandatory for a healthy immune system, fighting cancer and heart disease. Like water, it is involved in pretty much everything in your body and we are deficient in it. Also, it stimulates the release of serotonin in our bodies to keep our mood well adjusted. There are additional benefits of the light spectrum of the sunshine that activate different processes in our body to promote health and longevity. It’s been known throughout history that we humans need the sunshine for health. Get some.
Smiling and laughing stimulate the release of happy hormones in your body. These include endorphins that will decrease your aches and pains. Oxytocin for relationship building and biological longevity. And more serotonin to relieve depression and improve self-esteem. Studies show that laughing spikes your immune system as well. I think Jim Gaffigan is on Pandora!
Like I said, health is in the details. Keep on with your eating plan and your exercise regimen, but make sure you are doing the small things that make all the difference in the world especially when you have little time. They can be life-saving!