“The longer I live the less confidence I have in drugs and the greater is my confidence in the regulation and administration of diet and regimen.” – John Redman Coxe, 1800
To keep your body happy and healthy and humming, we need to attend to three main things: sourcing and eating nutritious, high-energy food; keeping the body moving, and spending time outdoors. We all know this. So, why aren’t we doing it? Obesity and poor health cost you greatly from a happiness and productivity standpoint. This is all common-sense stuff that your parents taught you growing up but it bears repeating and reminding. If you’re not healthy on the inside, it’s difficult to feel content and yes, happy with your current place in life.
Eating: try to incorporate one or two of these suggestions for tangible benefits.
- Eat plain, healthy, nutritious food. Try to find organic when possible.
- Eat local food. It’s fresher and more nutritious – and tastier.
- Eat lots of veggies and fruits.
- Eat whole grains and nuts. Take a pass on white bread, crackers, and pasta.
- Cut way down on prepared foods and drinks. They’re full of cheap oils and fats that your arteries can’t deal with, and all kinds of chemicals that were never meant for human consumption.
- Don’t diet; just eat healthy, nutritious food, including lots of vegetables.
- Eat deep water fish like salmon, tuna, and halibut (before they’re all gone).
- Start your kids off young with nutritious, natural foods. Teach them good habits while they’re young.
“In minds crammed with thoughts, organs clogged with toxins, and bodies stiffened with neglect, there is just no space for anything else.” – Alison Rose Levy
Since reaching goals and moving forward in life is one of the proven ways to increase your happiness quotient, becoming physically healthy enough to do all the tasks you need to do is key to keeping your happiness levels up.
Exercising: try to incorporate one or two of the following suggestions for tangible benefits.
- If you aren’t exercising regularly, think about what kind of exercise you’d have fun doing and who you could do it with. Exercise should be fun and it’s more fun if you do it with a friend. Or join a hiking or walking or cycling group or find a gym with spinning classes or dance classes.
- Make a realistic, long-term exercise plan, including adjusting your schedule so you have time in your life for exercise.
- If you fail to keep to your schedule, forgive yourself and keep going. Celebrate when you get in the groove.
- Exercise with your kids – throw Frisbees and climb mountains.
“When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’ Tomorrow is disease.” – V.L. Allineare
Working out is key to keeping your energy levels up during the day. It helps to fight fatigue and tiredness so if you’re too tired to get to the gym, paradoxically, it may because you haven’t worked out for the day. Getting outside also makes you feel better. Studies show that being outside in nature lowers people’s blood pressure, reduces stress, and improves focus. All of these reduced health risks will help lead you to a happier, more content life overall. So, try to give Mother Nature a chance to nurture. Take a walk today and get two birds with one stone: a workout outside to increase your happiness factor.
“Join the ‘movement’ movement. An avalanche of research reveals that aerobic exercise can relieve mild depression and anxiety as it promotes health and energy. Sound minds reside in sound bodies. Off your duffs, couch potatoes.” — David G Myers, author of The Pursuit of Happiness