I was taking a walk and I started thinking about the value of self care.
So many of us are thinking about all of the other important things in our lives. Career, business, family, home…all of these things are very important to keep up on so they tend to take up most of our time. Sure, we hear about exercise and eating right all the time but for some of us it seems like a dream. “Maybe one day when I’m not so busy”, we say. “As long as the kids are taken care of that’s all that matters”, we say other times. I know this for sure because, just like you, these are some of the things I have said to myself. But then I realized that I was making this healthy thing much more difficult than it needed to be.
What we don’t focus on is that taking care of ourselves is the very first step to taking care of everyone and everything else! If you want to look at it that way, since many of us are very selfless, we can’t lead productive lives for ourselves or anyone else if our health is going down the tubes. You don’t need to spend hours at the gym or restrict yourself to a lettuce only diet to make things work. Here are three things that you can start doing today to take those first steps toward a healthier you.
1. Drink more water. Yep, I know…you can stop cringing now. One of the biggest reasons we can’t stand drinking plain water is because we’ve spoiled our taste buds with everything else. It’s almost like our tongues are having tantrums. Get in the habit and I promise after even just a few days this aversion won’t be an issue.
2. Walk. We do this every single day anyway so let’s take it a little bit further. Use things in your daily life and just add a little to it. Park further away from the store or take 15 minutes out of your day to walk a small trail. One thing I’ve started doing at work (mainly because I have a small fear of elevators but that’s a different article hehe) is taking the stairs. I’ve got to get up there anyway so might as well get some exercise in on the way.
3. Homemade juices and smoothies. This one I find really fun because there are so many possibilities. The only thing you need is a food processor and/or a juicer. I have a nutrininja that I use for everything and I paid around $100. for it but there are other models to fit whatever you’re willing to spend. I literally put some spinach or kale at the bottom, a banana, some strawberries, pineapple, whatever you want to put in there…add some water and blend. I use half water and half almond milk but all of this is totally up to you. Note: DO NOT ADD SUGAR. YOU’RE DEFEATING THE PURPOSE. Use naturally sweet fruits.
There you have it. 3 very easy things you can start doing to improve your health. This isn’t the be-all-end-all but it’ll go a great distance towards getting you started.