6 Simple Health Habits
We are the sum of our daily habits.
We become the things that we do each day.
When you neglect your training, eat like crap and don't take care of your body, it shows.
But if you cultivate daily habits that promote strength and health, you're body will look, feel and perform optimally.
Here are 6 health habits that you should adopt into your daily routine to build a stronger, healthier, better performing body.
1. Daily Joint Mobility
Your top priority should be to keep your joints healthy and mobile until the day you die.
The ability for your body to move well and without pain will have the biggest impact on your quality of life.
Maintain a daily mobility routine and your body will always feel good and perform optimally.
2. Train At Least 3 Days A Week
Lifting weights is the closest thing we have to the fountain of youth.
Maintaining your strength and muscle will keep you young, vibrant and capable of handling anything life throws at you.
Train at least 3 days a week, more if you can.
I'd make the argument that kettlebell training is the best way to train, but do whatever weight training you prefer, as long as you're doing it regularly.
3. Eat Like An Adult
Nutrition is the biggest factor in keeping your body fat down and your body feeling and performing like it should.
Adopt a minimalist diet and cut out all the stuff that you KNOW you shouldn't be eating.
Cut out the sugar, the snacks, the soda and the low quality food.
You're not a child, practice self control and start eating like an adult.
4. Sometimes Don't Eat
Fasting has so many health benefits that everyone should be practicing it regularly.
Improved body composition, cellular detoxification, mitigating disease, improved brain health, the list goes on and on.
Keep it simple, start by skipping breakfast and eating your first meal of the day at lunch.
That's roughly 16 hours of fasting every day, which is plenty of time for your body to reap the benefits.
If you want to up the ante, try a 24 hour fast once a week.
Eat dinner on Sunday, then don't eat again until dinner on Monday.
However you want to do it, just find a way to incorporate fasting into your daily routine.
5. Take A Daily Walk, Outside
We spend so much time sitting, inside, avoiding the 2 things our body needs, movement and sunlight.
Walking outside for 30 minutes will keep your body fat down, keep hormone and stress levels in check, improve your mood and brain function, reset your circadian rhythm and improve your sleep quality, among a ton of other things.
A daily walk is a simple thing that will have a huge impact on your health.
6. Get 8 Hours of Sleep
You absolutely need 8 hours of sleep every night.
While you're sleeping, your body goes through several processes that promote health and longevity.
Memory retention, neurological cleanup, tissue repair, muscle growth and recovery are just a few of the things that happen during sleep.
When you don't get enough sleep, those processes are cut short or never get a chance to happen at all.
In the short term, lack of sleep will affect your mood, your appetite and your mental performance.
And in the long term it's associated with obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a several neurological diseases.
Not getting adequate sleep will literally kill you, so turn off the TV or computer and start going to bed earlier.
Everything you do or don't do each day affects your health.
So make sure you're cultivating daily habits that promote optimal strength and health.
Move your body daily, train consistently, eat right, go out in the sun and get a full night's sleep.
These are simple habits to incorporate into your life that will have a drastic impact on your health.
In Strength and Health,