The second half of the year has already started. Companies, forward-thinking individuals and people who live deliberately take the time to review their goals. They look at what they have achieved so far and what they need to do to check off the rest on their lists or modify their goals.
It is very practical and wise to do the same for your health goals especially if you are concerned about your health or you set a target to achieve.
In January, I wrote about 5 goals that are worth pursuing to achieve better nutrition, brain function and overall health. Now is the time to review the goals you wrote for yourself. I decided to take a look at the ones I wrote.
- Engaging in at least 30 minutes Physical activity Everyday
If you have not been as active as you planned, it is never too late to start or put in more effort. The scientific evidence showing the great benefits of increased physical activity has been constant and it would be a shame not to key into something that has been scientifically established over time.
Physical activity makes you think better, feel better, and become stronger and healthier mentally and physically.
Find ways to increase your activity such as utilizing your break time by walking to your break-time destination, exercising in the morning, or getting a mechanical stepper if you can’t get out of your workspace.
- Eat Fruits and Vegetables Everyday
It can take some effort to include fruits and vegetables in your meals if you have not been doing so. You need to plan your meals for the day or week and shop according to your plan. If this does not work for you, ensure that your meal provider provides fruits and vegetables.
You can also dedicate time to grabbing handy fruits such as bananas, apples, mangoes, as you jump into the hustle of the day.
Reprogram your mind to have vegetables with whatever food you plan to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Try this for 21 days and see if you are not stuck on this habit.
Like physical activity, researches have shown that eating fruits and vegetables maintain your health and reduce incidences of diseases. It also helps you age better, keeping your mind and body in great health as you grow older.
- Eat a Variety of Meals
Like fruits and vegetables, the importance of eating a variety of meals cannot be overemphasized. This contributes towards your diet quality and you have a chance to increase the minerals and vitamins that you need for your health and vitality. Please, be careful not to eat a variety of junk or unwholesome foods. Your varied meals should come from healthy foods (unprocessed as possible).
So, if you are stuck on eating just rice and stew with beef every day, you can decide to add vegetables, potatoes, yams, salads, and other soups to your meals every other day.
- Keep Yourself Hydrated
Hydrating yourself is important. Apart from aiding digestion, it also helps the organs to flush out toxins in the body. Drinking water creates a balance of your electrolytes and it also keeps your skin fresh. In a hot climate like ours, water is especially important for preventing heat Stokes or other ailments caused by heat.
Replace your sodas and sugared water with just simple refreshing water.
Having a handy water bottle can help you stick to your water-drinking goal.
- Sleep for 6-8 hours everyday
This is a worthy goal. Research shows that your brain functions better and your ability to increase productivity also improve if you sleep better. Sleeping well is also linked to reduced risk of being overweight.
So, make the effort to sleep for 6-8 hours and it is better to sleep in a shaded place as opposed to a lighted place.
In a Nutshell
Check your goals and make them SMART – Specific, measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. If you did not make any at the beginning of the year, it is never too late to start.
My people, let us be deliberate about our nutrition and health for a productive and healthy life. My goal remains to inspire you to eat and live better.