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Are You Healthy or Hurting?

This time every year many people will make new years resolutions.  For most they revolve around improving something in regards to their health or that of a financial matter.  In finance (no I'm not going to bore you with complex financial talk...don't worry), much talk surrounds equity and debt.  Essentially, do you have habits that are making you improve your financial health or making it worse?  This same strategy holds true when it comes to the health of your body.

Are Your Habits Making You Healthy or Sick?

Look, none of us are perfect, we never will be.  However, we need to be aware if the vast majority of our lifestyle habits are helping or hurting us.  I'm not going to spend a lot of time on the negative because most of us know what habits we have that need changing.  What I want to talk about are some very simple habits you can incorporate in your life that some of the healthiest people on the planet do.

1. Get Active:  Ok, I know this is an obvious one, but it is the one neglected by so many especially with sedentary jobs.  As I have mentioned in previous blogs, getting active doesn't have to be torture.  Enlist a friend or significant other with you, and find something active that you can have fun with.  If you enjoy what you are doing, it will help prevent boredom.  Shoot for a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise daily.

2. Don't Diet, Eat Wisely:  A diet is a short term strategy that ultimately ends.  Commit to eating wisely, with a diet filled with whole and healthy foods.  If it comes in a box or is wrapped in plastic, chances are it isn't good for you.  Eat plenty of vegetables and healthy fats, along with moderate amounts of fish and organic meats.  

3. Have a Purpose:  Why are you excited to get out of bed every morning?  If you don't know, do some soul searching. Having a purpose in life has been shown to significantly reduce stress and improve overall health.  If you enjoy your job, keep doing it as long as you can.  If you are retired, fill that void with volunteer work or some sort of community service you have a passion for.

4.  Gratitude:  Living life with a feeling of gratitude has been well researched in showing to improve your overall health and well-being.  Take regular inventory of everything you have in your life to be extremely thankful for.  This does not mean you have to be complacent where you are in life.  It is healthy to have a feeling of gratitude for what you have, and still want to strive for a bigger and better life.

In closing, just like taking inventory of things you are grateful for, take a few minutes and take inventory of what in your life you are doing that is building health equity, and what you are doing that is just creating health debt.  You might be surprised...

LIVE well.  BE well.