Shifting your paradigm for the good, becoming healthier and generally ensuring happiness in your life is a lot like anything else, it takes work and patience.
A good daily routine can help us with both the mental and physical aspect. Think about people known for meeting their goals in life, they credit a lot of it to a healthy routine.
Whether you are in search for happiness, wealth or health- there are general rules and structures that should be put into place, applying a routine enables you to keep moving forward in quest of your goal and eventually it cements healthy habits that will help you do so.
When looking at “successful” individuals that have become masters in their field, there are similarities or specific routines that they have made a part of their day-to-day life, after reading the likes of- Tools of the Titans and Think & Grow Rich, my mindset was completely altered.
There are more than 7 healthy daily habits that can be used and some that are more specific. In this article I simply outline some useful tips for the general person and ways in which you can enjoy a healthy daily routine.
Something that I, like many others, have been doing since I can remember is setting goals. There are a lot of ways to set goals but it’s imperative to do it in a way where you’re likely to strive for it, that is something I have only been doing in more recent times.
It is easy to say, “I want to do this” and “I want to do that” but it’s great to write it down and start making steps to make your aim, a reality. By writing down your goals you are 42% more likely to achieve them.
Read how I set my goals and shuffle them around. I use a method to make sure I’m always working on hitting end goals and enjoying the steps along the way.
How often do you hear people who drink alcohol several times a week for fun, say that they’re going to go ‘cold turkey’ in an attempt to lose weight and meet their fitness goals? Or hear of somebody starting a new year with the goal of going the gym five days a week, that is a lot of times for someone who’s never stepped foot in a gym before. It is a brilliant step and one that takes inspiration, but how many actually see these type of claims through?
For me, going back to goal-setting, it is important to set realistic aims- you don’t need to go the gym everyday and give up all of your favourite treats at once, try walking every day, this is the perfect base for fitness and even if you are already fit, it is still a great inclusion into your day.
Walking in nature can increase serotonin (the happy hormone), helping fend off depression. In addition to making you happier it will help you lose those extra pounds. Walking is also a way to enter an exercise-induced transient hypofrontality state, in layman’s terms, it helps you reset your brain and enter a form of flow state,this will help you get creative with your tasks, on return from the walk.
Don’t underestimate the power of walking, you don’t need a membership or a particular level of fitness, just slip on your walking shoes and experience the great outdoors.
Sometimes dehydration is confused for hunger, it’s key to get around four litres of water a day. Especially if you do exercise, it improves cognitive function and helps our brain switch on.
It’s also great to get a litre of water down you as early as possible, on an empty stomach, to get your digestive system reacting first thing, and gifting your body with water after hours without.
Hydration will enable you to perform to your best throughout the day, personally I find owning a big 2-litre water bottle saves you trips back and forth to the water cooler and also helps you count how much you have managed to drink during the day.
- Boosts lymphatic drainage
- Improves digestion
- Strengthens immune system
- Increases bone mass
- Burns calories
- Tone up
- Little impact on joints
- Improves other exercise performance
A new phenomenon that started as innocent exercise but health experts worldwide are also claiming that rebounding on a small trampoline is a healthy way to start your day. That is because it gets the lymphatic system moving and lets face it, at very worse it burns a few calories in the morning and helps us ready for the day ahead.
Those unsure on the lymphatic system should be aware that it is the drainage system within our body and holds a key function for all of our organs and overall well-being.
Recent studies are beginning to show the benefits of contrast showers, it is something that’s been tested and trialled, a lot more since Wim Hof baffled scientists with astonishing results that defied much of what we thought we knew. He’s able to manually decide when to release adrenaline and claims to be able to control his immune system through breathing and cold water exposure.
Here are some benefits of contrast showers:
- Burns Fat- Activates brown fat that has more mitochondria, this is a mechanism from the body in an attempt to help your body to stay warm, essentially burning visible fat, the kind you’re more aware of… ‘white fat’.
- Wakes You Up- One thing is for certain, it wakes you up! There is nothing like the feeling of cold, to bring you back to the present moment.
- Relieves Depressions- Clinical trials have found that cold showers increase endorphins. It also helps with clarity , alertness and energy levels.
How to do contrast showers:
- Start with a warm shower for two to three minutes
- Turn it down to cold for one minute.
- From then on go colder than previous, cycle 30 seconds hot, 30 seconds cold- 5 times each.
- End with warm, before getting out.
- Always be safe, don’t overdo it and if you have any concerns, stop immediately.
‘Superfoods’ is now a recognised term, with no real meaning, what is a super-food? It still has a subjective meaning and companies are using it as a marketing ploy but there are foods that we believe have super powers.
I tend to label foods with profound effects on our health and ones with versatile uses, as super-foods.
Here are some of my favourites:
I like to use Raw Sport (read my review on their supplements) for both protein and super-foods, it is an all-natural supplement company that gives that added boost in the morning. I generally like to use the Green Foods and Mushrooms, I try to double my five a day in the morning, making it a great start. Emptying the capsules into a smoothie mixed with fruits and super-foods above is a great way to tackle the day.