Most people I speak to want to be in good health and live long lives. However, as you age, it becomes more crucial for you to take an active role in your health. Be the leader and advocate for your health and well-being. When you are in your 20s and 30s, you can often get away with paying little or no attention to your health, but for most of us, that starts to change when you get into your 40s.
Regardless of your age, you can start setting up a game plan for good health. The sooner you start, the better your chances are of preventing certain illnesses. Good health and longevity start with certain foundational lifestyle practices that most people already know – movement, balanced diet and nutrition, supplementation, relationships, spirituality, attitude toward life, ourselves and others, etc.
Here are a few tips to start your plan:
- Decide what you want to achieve or how you want to feel. For example, do you want to lose weight and have more energy?
- Start making small changes, which can often have significant impacts. Start with sustainable action steps you know you can commit to and will likely succeed. When you experience success, you are likely to stick to it.
- Establish a daily grounding practice like prayer, meditation, and affirmations.
- Incorporate 10 to 30 minutes of movement daily if you do not have a current workout routine; for example, walk around your neighborhood, on a track, or at the park, or workout to a YouTube video that resonates with you.
- Shop for and plan meals. Decide what meals you will prepare, buy what you need, and make two meals at once.
- Eat heavy meals at least three to four hours before bedtime.
- Establish a consistent bedtime and stick to it.
- Get adequate rest.
I hope these tips motivate you to start setting a game plan for your health.
Deon Hall-Garriques is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Holistic Health Coach from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition and co-author of the best-selling book, “Building Beyond the 9 to 5”. She is the founder & CEO of Deon’s Wellness Wagon, where she coaches and educates women on health and nutrition. She is an expert in women’s health, and creator of the Five-Step Hormone Rebalance Program. Deon has been featured in VoyageLA magazine and has been dubbed the “Healthspirationist” and “Menopause mama” because of her success in helping perimenopausal and menopausal women transition naturally.