Here are a few ways in which to simplify your life so you develop healthy habits for yourself.
1. Be selfish about your health
We all need some “me time” in order to stay healthy. Make your health a priority. Hire a personal trainer, find an activity you love, or find some downtime at The Spa. When you’re happier and more balanced, everything magically falls into place.
2. Make exercise a priority
Hands down, exercise is the best thing you can do for your body. Weight control, reduced stress, immunity-boosting, anti-aging, reduced risk of developing high blood pressure and diabetes… the list is endless. Schedule your workouts like a non-negotiable appointment. Short on time? Try HIIT (high intensity interval training), which alternates short burst of maximum effort with rest periods. Ask a trainer to show you how.
3. Plan for success
If your goal is to eat healthy, plan your menu for the week. Include your kids in planning, shopping, and preparing food. If they feel more involved, they’re more likely to eat it! If your goal is weight loss, try the 21 Day Challenge. Healthy meals, designed by out Registered Dietitians, are prepared for you to pick. No planning involved. Plus, the food is fresh, not frozen or packaged.
4. Get enough sleep
Create a comfortable sleep environment and strive for 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is not just vital for good health, but also for mental and emotional well-being. To create a habit, try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every night.
5. Eat a healthy breakfast
Breaking the over night fast and raising blood sugar is essential for brain function and energy level. Skipping your morning meal causes the brain and blood sugar to function erratically and your mood and energy level to dip. Get a good start to the day with a meal that includes carbs, protein and a small amount of healthy fat.
6. Step it up
Do you know how many steps you take a day? Try to aim for 10,000. Simple actions to increase your steps include parking farther away, taking the stairs, or walking to someone’s desk rather than sending an email.
7. Make a splash
Swimming is a great mode of cross-training, providing both cardiovascular and resistance training with less impact on the joints. Schedule you group, private, or master swim lessons to increase your speed and efficiency in the water.
8. Try something new
Variety is the spice of life. Challenge your body with a new exercise or activity. Be adventurous! Drop into a new Group Fitness class, join the PRO Sports Club Triathlon Club, or try CrossFit Bel-Red. There’s something for every level of fitness. See just how much you can accomplish.
9. Find a workout buddy
Not only will you stay accountable to each other, but you’ll also have more fun. You can also save money by opting for personal or small group training.
10. Get back on track
If you have a nagging injury, be sure to visit a PRO Sports Club physical therapist. They’re the experts in helping you get your life back.
11. Apply your sunscreen
Don’t forgo the board spectrum sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy outside. If you’re concerned about wrinkles, brown spots, or have noticed change in your skin, schedule a visit at our Medical Spa and learn how you can achieve a more youthful appearance.
12. Recapture your youth
Do you feel as if you’re slowing down? Now you don’t have to! Learn how to take control of how you age and optimise your life. Sign up for a free Anti-Aging seminar with Anti-Aging Specialist Dr. Joe Upton.
13. Manage your stress
The first step is to identify your sources of stress. Take action to reduce these, whether it’s through getting better organised, learning to say “no”, making time for yoga or meditation, taking a walk outdoors, or receiving a Spa treatment. It often helps to talk to someone and brainstorm strategies to reduce stress in your life. For help, visit the Counselling Center at PRO Sports Club.
14. Take your supplements
Even if you strive to eat healthy, you can sometimes miss essential nutrients. 20/20 Lifestyles continues to stay on top of the latest scientific research to ensure that we offer the highest quality nutritional supplements to help support your health and well-being. Available at the PRO Shop.
15. Get some downtime
Your path to stress relief and a healthier lifestyle begins with massage therapy. Start the year off right with regular, therapeutic spa services to help you unwind, invigorate, and improve your sports performance. Try shiatsu to balance the body, mind, and spirit. For the ultimate, customised treatment, opt for a Personal Massage. Check out all that The Spa has to offer.
Originally from PRO Pulse January-February 2015