One Small Step
If you’ve ever read my blog, you’ll know that I always encourage baby steps in any process, despite our culture’s insistence on “the bigger the better”. Online we scroll past dozens of pages each trying to get our attention with something big, new and exciting. But what if all you really need is already in your possession? And what if it’s simple, elegant, cheap and easy? Here are some of my current favourite ideas for adding healthy habits to your day without loosing too much money or time. Sometimes the smallest changes make the biggest difference, and all of these seemingly small choices made every single day, add up to big shifts in your whole body health.
The 7 minute workout. This may sound easy, but scientist in physiology have distilled the benefits of circuit training down to a seven minute intensive that purports to have all the benefits of much longer work-outs packed into a small, quick, manageable (though intensive) burst of exercise. And there’s an app for it, so it’s very simple. Here’s an article on the original research. Full disclosure, I’ve been doing this daily for about a week and believe me when they say intensive they mean it...
In a further effort to make myself into a non-scientific experiment, I have also started drinking a pint of water first thing in the morning, before doing anything else. Everyone tells you to drink more water. Most of my patients, however, arrive at the end of their day to realize they haven’t had a single cup. At that point, it’s a little late to fit in the 8 glasses.Try having a full glass beside your bed, so it’s the first thing you see in the morning. It will feel very strange at first, especially if you’re stomach is sensitive in the mornings, but as you get used to this ritual, here are some of the things that will change: more energy, less brain fog, easier and more efficient bowel movements (and who doesn’t want that?) Again, it is often the simple things that make the biggest difference.
Set a timer for eight and a half hours before you need to be up in the morning. This may be the single most difficult task anyone has asked of you since making it to the second base camp of Mt Everest. If my patient’s response is any indication, that is. Most people have a very hard time with this one. Basically, if you need to get out of bed at 7, set an alarm at 10:30. This will give you a half hour to do your bedtime rituals so that you can be in your bed 8 hours before getting up. Patients often say they get busy and distracted in the evenings, so when they look up and suddenly find that it’s already 11:30. This is where the alarm comes in, so you can make getting into bed and getting enough sleep a priority in your life. You will be amazed at how different you feel after only a few days.
Again, I am a very big fan of taking baby steps when you’re changing your patterns. In my observation, making massive changes all at once often leads to poor compliance. Take small steps, do this slowly, and watch the big changes that happen.
If you have any questions about your own health picture, call Acubalance for a free 15 minute consultation today.