This podcast takes a moment to highlight what we consider to be the 4 most important things to focus on for your health.
Most of us want the same things from a health program:
- Fat loss or body composition changes.
- Better performance in the gym.
- Optimized health over the long-term.
Which in turn will create more confidence, energy, clarity, emotional stability, and happiness overall.
How do we get there? Although there are MANY things to focus on when it comes to optimal health, these are the 4 most important things.
1) Eat real food. And avoiding processed food. PERIOD. You can choose any real food diet you want, because any of them will give you results. Check out our recent newsletter where we talked about how to choose a diet. If you want our honest recommendation? The SHT way is the best of all ways ;)
2) Stay active. Most of us are in stagnant positions all day long, whether it’s sitting or standing. We recommend as a starting place just walking most days, whether in the morning or evening or both. Once you are walking most days, you can incorporate taking breaks throughout the day to step away from your work and “change your position” – walk, squat, hold a plank, do some stretches, or practice some movements. Notice I didn’t say anything about joining a gym or a dedicated workout. Although extremely beneficial, you don’t have to start there. If you walk every day and take breaks throughout the day to stay active and change positions, you’re doing SO much for your health, ESPECIALLY if you’re stepping outside:
- You are stepping away from your brain intensive work and redirecting your energy, which will make you more productive.
- You are constantly moving which means you’re constantly asking your body to make energy. If you’re eating real food, especially our way, this means you’re constantly reinforcing body fat for energy.
- You are changing your position, undoing the damage of stagnant positions.
- You’re using your body! Which is going to strengthen your body no matter how you move.
- You’re getting fresh air and sunlight. Fresh air dilutes toxins and pathogens that tend to build up in confined spaces. Sunlight neutralizes pathogens. Sunlight improves your mood. And sunlight improves sleep.
3) Prioritize sleep. The best first step is figuring out what your ideal rise and bed times are, and slowly increasing the time you spend in bed in small increments. BTW, if you’re taking breaks and getting outside to stay active, you’re naturally improving the quality of your sleep from the sun and brightness exposure.
4) Cultivate a personal quiet time. If you don’t block out some time for yourself, you won’t have any. When you have some personal quiet time to yourself:
- you have”own mind” time :) Time with your own mind, free of external inputs.
- you can think about what you want for your day and life.
- you can organize your thoughts and your to-do’s.
- you can include some devotion, meditation, book reading, or anything else that’s important to you.
Listen in below or wherever you listen to podcasts for more on how to accomplish all 4 of these important qualities on a daily basis!
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