In Part 1 of Healthy ,Happy, Unstoppable! I asked if this described you, and if not the reason may lie in the foods we eat, how much physical activity we get (or don't) and how much sleep we are getting. I went on to describe what a healthy diet may look like. In today's blog, we will look at our physical activity and why it is so important to incorporate it into our lifestyle. We will also look at why sleep is such an essential part of our health and well-being. So let's begin!
Some of you will look at this subheading and say, “Really, you expect me to get up and move?” Um, yes, that’s what I’m saying. It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous. I’m not asking you to run a marathon unless that is something you are used to doing. I’m not asking you to be a “gym rat” unless you already are one. I’m simply asking you to take 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week to get up a move. Take a walk for 30 minutes (it can be three 10 minute walks a day if you want). Put in an exercise DVD or go on YouTube to find an exercise you like doing. The key is to find something you enjoy and will continue. If you’re not in good shape, don’t expect too much of yourself in the beginning. Do what you can each day, and in no time you will be able to keep up. Consistency is key!
Why do we want to get physical activity? There are many health benefits to physical activity and here are a few:
Plenty of Sleep
Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise – Ben Franklin. We need between 7-9 hours of sleep per night. This is vital for our health. Did you know that lack of sleep causes obesity? Yes, with too little sleep our leptin (feel full) and ghrelin (feel hungry) hormones become unbalanced. Lack of sleep creates too little leptin, thus we feel hungry and tend to over-eat. It can also cause heart disease, and diabetes. So what are the benefits of sleep?
Who is willing to change their lifestyle to become healthy, happy, and unstoppable? Please comment below to let us know how you will change your lifestyle and how we can help. We’re in this together! Let’s encourage each other to be the best we can be! Are you in?