Health is a Mindset and a Lifestyle

I think we can all agree that living a healthy life requires the right mindset and the right lifestyle. In fact, our lifestyle is often what gets in the way of our health. I for one am a road warrior at my job. I put 30,000 miles on my car this past year. Guess what that means? I eat fast food way more than I want to.

For the most part I have a pretty good mindset on health and a fairly healthy lifestyle. The key is that there is always room for improvement. Here are some steps in the right direction.

Right Health Mindset:

  1. Practice Positivity. It’s pretty much a proven fact. Positive people have better health, lower stress and lower cases of stress related diseases. Being positive also helps the immune system fight of just about any disease.
  2. Have a Sense of Humor. Like being positive, humor helps improve the immune system. It worked for Patch Adams right?
  3. Learn to let go. You know of what I speak. Those behaviors that always seem to haunt you. The bad habits you have formed over the years. I’m not saying its easy, but focus on replacing those behaviors with other good behaviors. Drink water instead of soda for instance. Exercise instead of watching tv. I’m sure you can figure something out…
  4. Think healthy. The more your focus on health the more likely you are to practice it! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  5. Resist temptation. Bad health is the easy path. Good health is the hard path. Once you have established a healthy lifestyle, don’t look back. Don’t give in to temptation. It gets easier. Once you look and feel your healthiest you will not want to return to your previous lifestyle.

Right Health Lifestyle:

  1. You are what you eat. In goes bad, out comes bad. In goes good, out comes good. Diet is one of the biggest cultural factors that determine health. The Mediterranean diet and the Okinawan diet come to mind when I think of two excellent diets to practice.
  2. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. And women too! Late to bed, late to rise, might work as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I guess the point is to get sleep. Feeling rested helps you in all areas of your life.
  3. Move around. The sedentary life does not bode well for anyone. Get up and move around. If you work in an office take a walk outside as often as the smokers do. It’s your right! Play some sports. Take a hike! Or just go walk. I know many people who do an evening walk right after dinner. They report nothing but good results from it. Just plan a way to be active on a regular basis.
  4. Have lots of friends. And get a dog too! Both have been proven to increase your health. A strong network of friends is always a good thing for your health. Not only will they help increase your happiness levels they can also recommend good doctors too! As for dogs. Well someone just told me that having a dog throughout your entire life can add as much as 10 years to your lifespan. Whether its true or not I know my dog adds a lot of value to my life. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  5. Did I mention laughter? It can not be underestimated folks. Laughing releases some of the same magical chemicals as exercising does. So what do you say? Let’s exercise with the deep down belly laugh today!

Here’s to a healthier mindset and lifestyle today!

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4 thoughts on “Health is a Mindset and a Lifestyle”

  1. I know you have mentioned or at least implied this in your health posts this week but the virtue of moderation can never be underestimated.

    Like any of the greatest of virtues, moderation applies to all areas of our lives, such as health and personal finance, to name a few…

    And, as you might expect me to say, everything goes back to self-knowledge…

    “Moderation, which consists in indifference about little things, and in a prudent and well-proportioned zeal about things of importance, can proceed from nothing but true knowledge, which has its foundation in self-acquaintance.” ~ Plato

  2. When a day does not go according to plan, I work at not reprimanding myself but thinking in terms of how could I have done it better to fit my needs and wants? Today is too much snow so no weight lifting and swimming…blood pressure is on the creep up…so I now know dancing in the living room works up a sweat but it is not good enough on a regular basis and I need to do all the other parts – it is all part of the package of living and the journey of doing it well…to meet my needs. I also have to be honest with myself…down to the bare bones honest, but justifying and making things excusable does not do me any good.

    So tonight will be grilled pumpkin and applesauce, green salad, and a small tofu drink to balance the smaller exercise routine – pumpkin brings down one’s blood sugar levels…I can moderate my plan and try something new.

    Very good post and nice writing. I appreciated reading every word and feel encouraged by what you have to share. Thank you

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