The best healthy habits I use in my life to energize my body and spirit
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold or silver.” –Mahatma Ghandi
Are you longing to create real, tangible results in your health and wellbeing? Does the missing piece in creating and living your full-spectrum life lie in your experience of health and your physical body? Are you just tired of sifting through all of the content and noise around how to attain better health and change your life? If you answered yes to any of those questions, I want you to know this: There is a presence and a power within you that is always striving to express itself more fully. That power is activated through your mind, spirit, and your physical body.
Right now, you might be experiencing some discontent and longing around your physical health. You aren’t alone! As frustrating, overwhelming, and discouraging as those feelings can be, they are actually sacred signals from your soul showing you where you have not yet embodied your full potential. Your discontent, however it may be showing up in your life, is offering you the gift of insight into what’s truly possible for you in your full-spectrum life.
- Have you tried everything to reach your fitness goals, without success?
- Are you longing to age more gracefully?
- Do you struggle with chronic health issues you would love to change?
- Do you already know your overall health is in need of big changes, but you aren’t sure where to start or how?
- Do you want to look and feel better so you can finally get to living a life you love?
- Are you just tired of the perfectionism, shame, and inflexibility built into most weight loss programs and fitness advice?
I want to share with you the best health habits and the ways of being that have helped me create an ongoing trend of vital health in my own life.
And the truth is, the healthy habits I’m going to share with you have become more like spiritual habits the more I’ve grown into them!
The same will be true for you– you will be amazed at how even small changes in your health can massively impact and positively affect so many more areas of your life than you ever imagined.
And the best part? Perfectionism is not required; in fact, it’s discouraged.
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Taking on all of your health goals at once and on your own isn’t likely to result in success– and I’d bet you’ve tried that before. In fact, you’ve probably tried many things before.
Consider this resource and the health tips I share with you in this video an opportunity to try something new for yourself and for different results.
My Five Best Health Habits for Life-Changing Results
If you want a different result, you must start by changing your thinking. Your mindset is the key to reaching your health goals because the way we think influences the way we feel; the way we feel influences our behavior; and our behavior influences our results. How you talk to yourself and what you believe is possible for you in terms of your health has a biological effect on your physical reality.
Pay attention to your critical self talk about your body. Lean into the belief that you can have and experience dynamic health in the ways that you desire. And, most importantly, practice shifting your mindset– speaking kindly and gently to yourself and about your body, practicing gratitude for your body, and telling yourself you are beautiful, capable, and strong– even when you might not feel like it.
Try this: Practice standing in front of the mirror, clothed or unclothed, and express gratitude and kind, life-giving words to your body. If loving your body feels hard right now, start with acceptance. Begin with gratitude that your body is the vessel through which you can experience this life and all it has to offer. Your feelings and beliefs about yourself and your body will shift over time with care and compassion.
2. Healthy Food
Healthy food and clean water are amazing ways to support and fuel our bodies as we create lives we love to live. In fact, my friend JJ Virgin says, “The fastest way to improve your Healthy food and clean water are amazing ways to support and fuel our bodies as we create lives we love to live. In fact, my friend JJ Virgin says, “The fastest way to improve your health is by upgrading what’s at the end of your fork (and your straw!).” But, not all of the food we think of as healthy actually are. Discover what foods may be unknowingly sabotaging your health goals in her health and nutrition sessions! Each package will empower you to practice moderation as you enjoy your life while you live it through the experience of food.
As you set a trend toward health over time, you can focus on small, tangible changes that improve your intake of healthy food and water: Sit down while you eat, when possible. Breathe. Recognize your food as a gift. Imagine your food and water cleansing and nourishing your body. And, by all means, have the foods you enjoy within a mindful practice of moderation.
Try this: As you sit down to enjoy a meal, take a moment to breathe and feel gratitude for the food in front of you. Take your hands and hold them, palms down, over your food. Imagine pouring light from your hands onto your food, activating the healthy nutrients your body needs as you do so. As you eat, imagine your food nourishing your body in all the ways it needs in order to support living your best life.
Sleep is a sacred activity and integral to our physical health and wellbeing. And while the amount of sleep each of our bodies need may differ, we can all benefit from a more mindful, more relaxed approach to getting the rest we need.
As you get into bed each night, prioritize calm and relaxation. Pay attention to how you get into bed, tell yourself that you’ve done well that day, and as you lay in bed, choose your last thought of the day with intention.
And if you can’t fall asleep? Stay calm and be curious about what is being created at that moment. Is there a message, an idea, or a moment of insight or inspiration that might be coming up for you? You might be surprised at what you notice, feel, or dream up in those quiet moments.
Try this: As you lay in bed at the end of the day, breathe and focus on each part of your body, beginning at your feet. Relax each group of muscles while you express gratitude for what that part of your body allowed you to do, create, or experience in the world that day.
Thank your feet for moving you through the world that day. Thank your ankles for being flexible and supportive as you accomplished what you needed to accomplish that day. Thank your legs for being supportive and strong in all of your endeavors, allowing you to sit and stand at will, and so on. This is a powerful way to relax and connect with your body, but also to invite opportunities for positive and health-giving self-talk as you end your day.
We’ve all heard how important exercise and movement are to our overall health, but so many of us exercise out of a feeling of obligation, or even punishment. Instead, focus on finding opportunities for movement that you like, if not love.
Try to do something every day that allows you to enjoy the life you’re living while you’re living it, while also honoring your body’s capabilities and needs. You are much more likely to stick with fun workouts than something you don’t enjoy. Think of exercise as an opportunity for pleasure while you do something that contributes to your overall trend toward a healthful life.
Try this: When it comes to exercise, adapt the “Better than Nothing Rule”. Doing something each day as you create a trend toward health is better than doing nothing. Walking 100 feet is better than not walking at all. Exercising for 15 minutes is better than not exercising at all. 3,000 steps is better than no steps at all. Remember, perfectionism has no place in creating sustainable, long-term trends toward health. Honoring what we are able to do and trusting those small actions to add to our trend of health is far more supportive than beating ourselves up for what we weren’t able to do (yet).
Spirit loves fun! And while you may not be accustomed to thinking of fun in terms of your health and wellbeing, I can assure you that it is a vital part of the habits that have helped me create ongoing health.
Pause and ask yourself– how is your “fun diet”? Are you malnourished in “fun”? Are you nourishing your lived experience with fun wherever possible? Do not underestimate the power of integrating fun into your life and the positive impact that it can, and will, have on your health and wellbeing.
Try this: Consider how you enjoy having fun. There is no right or wrong answer for the best ways to experience fun. The best fun for you is whatever genuinely and authentically feels like fun to your spirit. Then, instead of waiting for fun to happen, create more fun in your life. Schedule fun into your day or week. Plan fun, and commit to it like you would your job or a doctor’s appointment. You will be amazed at how much your body will thrive on a balanced diet of fun.
If you are ready to start enjoying your life through your health, but you aren’t sure where to start, that’s okay!
If you have many health goals and find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of change that feels necessary, that’s okay.
And if you don’t know how to approach your physical wellbeing without shame or perfectionism, that’s okay too. I invite you to start with just one, tangible action today– click here and explore the world’s best health and nutrition packages, step-by-step guidance from my good friend J.J. Virgin that will help you transform big lifestyle changes into small, manageable actions that help you take control of your health and feel better than ever.