Five Healthy Behaviors:Your Spring Improved Lifestyle!

April 27, 2011


 What healthy goals and behaviors will you add to your daily schedule so that your quality of life improves? Health care looms as one of the major topics of conversation.  With the rising cost of gasoline, economic uncertainty, and unpredictability about the cost of healthcare, you can make a huge investment in lowering your medical bills by changing your lifestyle behaviors!

Here’s five healthy behaviors in which you can reap benefits :

BREAKFAST

…Ok  you don’t have time to plan and prepare that most important meal of the day…..you’re trying to lose weight so you settle for a breakfast drink… or perhaps you will eat something after arriving at work. Breakfast is the fuel your body needs and requires so that you be at peak performance with renewed concentration ready to tackle most physical and mental tasks thrown at you.

“Did you know that a whopping 93% of adults agree that breakfast is a key part of a healthful diet, according to IFIC Food& Health Survey(1). Yet 50 % do not eat breakfast daily.” http://quakeroats.com/quaker-for-health-care-professionals/content/benefits-of-breakfast.aspx

DAILY EXERCISE

“A  30 minute exercise regimen daily reaps benefits .” According to a featured article by Peggy Rynk on BNET states that ” daily exercise besides lowering the risk of coronary artery disease also reduces the risk of developing Type II  Diabetes, help control weight, increase muscle strength , and helps us to support our independence as we age, and much more.”

MEDITATION  

In a 2003 article written by Colin Allen, on “The Benefits of Meditation” in Psychology Today, he states that ” Neuroscientists have found that people who meditate shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex. Brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex. In other words, they were calmer and happier than before.

The website at http://www.healthandyoga.com/HTML/meditation/objectives.html mentions  that meditation leads to a deeper level of relaxation…a reduction of anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate ….and finally an increase in serotonin production which influences mood and behavior. * Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia, and headaches.”

COMMUNICATION

It seems as though how we communicate has changed so drastically that it is almost impossible to gauge whether such behavior is of quality in terms of overall health i.e. Twitter, Facebook, and all the other social media websites. I’m not so sure this is a healthy way of communicating. I will say that for the sake of topic and comment that healthy communication that’s more intimate and f2f (face-to -face) is what’s proposed here ; our conversations with family, workers and colleagues about a desired outcome or personal expectation. Communication that elicits an atmosphere of awareness with and for the other person as in being mindful defines communication as a healthy behavior.

Lastly….

SLEEP

Do you find it difficult to shut down; to quiet yourself, you need a pharmaceutical helper or a social beverage; feeling of productivity and purpose….”six hours or less has shown as not enough for today’s personal,physical,emotional ,spiritual, and workplace demands.” In addition, other studies report that a lack of sleep (8 hours) exhibits irritability, inability to concentrate, alters immune function, mental and physical impairment, and memory and cognitive performance, and general productivity. Get off your computer or Facebook and that blackberry and get to bed as early as possible.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/importance_of_ sleep_and_health.htm

http://www.neurology.org/cgi/content/full/64/7/E25

Beginning tonight, I will go to bed at an earlier hour! “Change your schedule, change your life.” What will you do?

Curt Canada MSW  provides Career, Leadership, Executive , and Life Coaching  at FindingYourZenith in Washington DC. Curt is a Member of the International Coach Federation and the Christian Coaches Network. He holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Teacher Education from The American University in Washington D.C.

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9 Responses to “Five Healthy Behaviors:Your Spring Improved Lifestyle!”


  1. I am no longer sure where you’re getting your info, however great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or working out more. Thanks for fantastic information I used to be looking for this information for my mission.

  2. Anxieties Says:

    I desired to understand precisely what other readers imagine about this topic. Any one possess any kind of ideas?

  3. Wilmington Says:

    Well I found this on Digg, and I like it so I dugg it!

    • C Canada Says:

      Thank you so much and you are so correct that we often spend and invest in our physical beings without considering the inner self..the true essence of who we are.. in addition, communication is so important in releasing verbally and authentically what is on our minds and what we truly want the other person to hear and understand about us in the moment!

  4. Melda Grage Says:

    I really appreciate what you wrote, as I’m always looking for a different way of looking at things.


  5. Drinking a smoothie in the morning has done it for me. Not sure i can change the diet totally, but its working little by little for me at the moment.

  6. Donna Says:

    Excellent post.

    I love the comprehensiveness of this post.

    The mental and spiritual aspects of personal health and wellness are even more vital than the physical aspects because they lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy living. However, physical changes without the inner changes tend to be fleeting.

    I also love the fact that you touched on the importance of communication. People often overlook the very important impact of relationships on our inner health and the corresponding effect on our bodies. When a person’s relationships are causing stress, most of the time it’s best resolved simply by good communication with the other person, face-to-face, not via texting or email.

    Many wrong assumptions and false expectations are best exposed through open communication face-to-face, in a non-confrontational way: make sure the timing and setting of your conversation are appropriate and use “I feel” statements coupled with a compassionate/empathetic tone (don’t take an accusatory or blaming tone).

  7. C Canada Says:

    Thanks for sharing and your compliment!
    You may want to consult your family physician
    due to the possible anxiety or issues you are having regarding getting off to sleep.

  8. Marilyn Helm Says:

    This is a very good article. Your last statement left me thinking. What will I do, If I went to bed early. I only wish I could go to sleep when I go to bed but more often than anything I’m in bed but watching tv and that’s because it’s difficult for me to shut down. I end up wiggling, tossing and turning half the night so I finally click on the tube. Great article.


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