5 TIPS TO GET YOUR HEALTH BETTER AND FEEL GREAT
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We were all born to wake up in the morning and move. Whether you are a full time student, have a full time job, or are retired, we are all restricted with our daily movement. The average student or office worker sits for about 10 hours a day. The World Health Organization estimates that 95% of the world’s population is inactive. Did you know that your metabolism slows down 90% after just 30 minutes of inactivity?
Most of us wake up in the morning in pain, tired, or just plain cranky. We have no motivation to move our bodies. If you are motivated enough to wake up and move, you are one of the few, and we tip our hats to you. It doesn’t matter when you get your body moving, just stand up and start a routine.
What’s going to motivate us to move on a daily basis, whether we are tired, sick, or in pain? We did our research and found that if we don’t get moving, we are at a higher risk of obesity, depression, joint problems, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. After seeing the consequences of not moving, we now know that no matter how much we don’t feel like it, we can’t afford to not move.
What we did this year to change was we started waking up 30 minutes earlier in the morning just to move. It’s a lot easier to get motivated in the morning to just move and stretch than it is to work out. We started setting aside 10 minutes a day to work out, whether it was weightlifting or just cardio. And on top of that, we switched to standing desks. Now we have the option to stand or sit during the course of the day.
You can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears.
We spoke about stretching in our first tip. Most of us don’t know the benefits of stretching on a regular basis. Of course we all do a little stretching before our golf game, our run outside or that lazy bed stretch in the morning. But why don’t we do it more often on a consistent basis?
So is stretching good for everyone, any age? Of course! Stretching is good for all of us, and will all help our daily health in different ways. Whether you are preparing for the sport you love, working out to get in shape, or have pain in your body, stretching will help all of us.
It’s a lot easier for you to remember to stretch if you can remember what the benefits are. Just to name a few, expect to have increased energy levels, muscular coordination, increased range of movement, and of course, reduced muscle tension.
So what did we do in order to never forget to stretch? We implemented stretching into our daily routine, all day. We mentioned earlier we now wake up 30 minutes early to stretch in the mornings. Also, every time we see a ledge we grab onto it and stretch out our legs or back. When seated, we cross our legs and stretch out our sciatica muscles. And of course, we stretch before and after all of our daily workouts.
Whether you are in shape, out of shape, in pain, or are just plain average, we all have a problem with eating. We love food, you love food – every single person loves food. Talk about a worldwide epidemic – food is it. The temptation of food is everywhere, and it is so hard to resist. Not only were we born to be healthy, but we were also born hungry.
We all know that you can’t be on a diet forever, but we are all thinking about our weight pretty much our whole lives. Even athletes think about food, because they need it to see results. Athletes need to eat the right amounts and the right kinds of food to be prepared for their competitions.
Most people are focused on which diet to be on, which book will help you lose the most pounds, or always just looking for the easy way to lose weight. We all need food to live, and we all need to eat. The hardest part is figuring out what to eat, or just sticking to a plan.
What we found was that instead of finding the right diet to follow, the perfect meals to eat, or making a goal and not sticking to it, we need to figure out a different plan. Our different plan was to just eat the foods that we craved when we craved them. The key is to only eat the food that we crave that doesn’t have artificial flavors, doesn’t have saturated fat, and that’s organic.
Our results were so incredible that we were even shocked. We didn’t follow a diet plan, we didn’t have a New Year’s Resolution, and we didn’t fail. We felt better, looked better, and were living testimonials that eating real food really worked. Instead of obsessing about what to eat to get healthy, just start focusing on eating healthy, real foods that you didn’t buy in the middle shelves of the grocery store.
Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.
Do you wake up tired and exhausted every morning, or start to crash in the middle of the day? We were born to wake up in the morning and feel refreshed, have energy, and be motivated for the day ahead. So why is it that the majority of people in the world are tired for most of the day?
One of the most successful companies, and busiest businesses in the world is Starbucks. Not only are they on almost every corner in the world, but they always have a line out the door. Why are they so busy? Because most of the world is tired, and needs a “pick me up” of coffee throughout the day and week. We aren’t saying coffee is bad, but how many people that you know are reliant on coffee to make it through the day – literally living on coffee?
When we realized that we were spending hours a week in the drive through at local coffee shops, having 2-5 cups of coffee a day, or just relying on a cup of brew first thing in the morning, we knew something was off. We love coffee, but we knew we had to find a different answer to feel awake than relying on coffee alone.
What we did to get more sleep and feel refreshed every morning was a couple different techniques. We found that working out every day helped us feel tired before bed, so we didn’t stay up too late. We stopped eating a ton of sugar and carbs at night, which we found was keeping us up later than we should have been. We also mentally prepared ourselves to have a positive attitude when we woke in the morning.
Instead of complaining and feeling sluggish we started waking up 5-10 minutes before we needed to, just to get mentally motivated for the day. These little tips may not seem like much, but they helped us and our normal day to day tremendously.
The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered is opportunity for growth.
A report indicates that more than 1.5 billion people worldwide are suffering from chronic pain on a daily basis. About 50% of the American population is in pain. That’s billions of dollars a year spent on pain relief. If you are reading this right now, and are in daily pain, ask yourself: Do you think those billions of dollars spent actually help relieve pain in a healthy way?
So now that we have determined that most of us are in pain, we now have to figure out how we are going to relieve it. We are sure you’ve tried numerous techniques, seen many doctors, and have been disappointed on numerous occasions. Has any of that worked, or have you found any techniques on your own that work?
We were in two devastating car accidents four years ago. We tried doctors, we tried medication, and we spent tons of money trying to get fixed. We weren’t used to this, we were athletes and in the best shape of our lives before the accident. We have all been in good health at some point in our lives. There was a day when you realized everything has changed; you just weren’t the same anymore.
After trying numerous ideas to help relieve our pain, we started getting depressed and discouraged, because we felt like we had tried everything and nothing worked. We just weren’t the same anymore, and felt like we could never get our health back.
We finally realized that being depressed and upset about our bad health wasn’t going to fix anything. We started preparing ourselves mentally. We started trying little things that helped relieve our pain slightly. We knew we would never be fully back to being athletes, but we were motivated that we could slowly get better mentally and physically.
After adding movement, stretching, eating better, and getting more sleep, our pain levels started to go down. It didn’t happen overnight, but eventually, we not only got mentally stronger, but we also started feeling completely different. We got our health back, and our pain levels decreased dramatically.
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