Shalom friends and welcome back to This Darling Adventure! It is good for you to be here today! Some of you may be wondering by now why I always say “It is good for you to be here.” Well, the answer is quite simple: it just is. Without you, things around here would be a lot less fun. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know some of you through your comments and responses to these blog posts, and I look forward to getting to know the rest of you in the days to come. But whether you’ve been around for the last two months of This Darling Adventure, or just hopped on board yesterday, welcome all. It is good for you to be here!
Today we are going to continue what we started last week. If you missed Living Well (Part 1), no worries! Simply click the link and you can read it just like that. (Super cool!) This is part 2, though, so let’s get started!
How do we live well? How do we cultivate lifestyles of health and wellness? How do we treat our bodies well?
Well, as you probably know already there are TONS of ways out there for living healthy lifestyles. I encourage you to research it yourself and figure out what will work best for you, your body and your goals. Today, though, I am just going to briefly touch on a few: eat well, sleep well, move well.
We all like the sound of this one. Eating well is one of the top ways to cultivate a healthy lifestyle. There are numerous books you can read or videos you can watch about how to eat well, but at the end of the day, the simplest thing to do is just to not put garbage into your body. This is not to say that you can never have a burger from In-N-Out again… No, that would be horrible. But more often than not, choose to eat well. Put good food into your body – food that will make your body function well and support you in your goal to live well.
Something I have found to be extremely helpful in this is just to make meals at home, rather than eating out. I always thought cooking was not really for me. However, the more I’ve cooked over the years, the more I have grown to like it. And the best part is that I know exactly what goes into my food at all times. Andy and I do not usually buy processed foods, either, but prefer to make things ourselves (including mayonnaise, peanut butter, flour, salad dressings, etc.) Needless to say, we would much rather try out a new recipe than go out to eat somewhere for dinner because we like it that much. And most of the time, our food is full of fresh, delicious ingredients that make for some downright divine delicacies.
Not sure of how to shop for foods that will help you eat well? When in doubt, stick to the outside edges of the grocery store. Typically there you will find the majority of the food you will need to eat healthy. Sure, there may be some staples in the center aisles (grains, seasonings, etc.), but primarily sticking to the edges of your store will help you to stick to the main food groups. YUM!
This is yet another one that most of us like the sound of. I am no sleep expert, but I have noticed that it is very difficult to live well when I haven’t been sleeping well. So how do we sleep well? Here’s what the National Sleep Foundation says:
- Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time (even on the weekends!)
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual
- If you have trouble sleeping, avoid naps, especially in the afternoon
- Exercise daily
- Evaluate your room
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow
- Avoid bright light in the evening (including phones, laptop screens, etc.) and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning to keep your circadian rhythms in check.
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening
- Wind down in the evening by doing a calming activity, such as reading (not on your iPad or tablet)
- If you cannot sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired
This is where I may lose you… But really, exercising is extremely important for our overall well being. So here are some ideas of how to move well:
- Walk on your lunch break
- Run around your block
- Yoga in your living room (Check out this 30 minute flow to Let It Go)
- Join a fitness class at your local gym
- Walk your dog (or even offer to walk a neighbor’s dog if you don’t have one!)
- Do an ab workout while watching your show on Netflix (Check out this 8 Minute Ab Workout)
- Go for a hike
- Try rock climbing
- Walk to the grocery store
- Ride your bike to work/school
- Paddle a boat
- Bring back the rollerblades
- Try out some winter sports
- Do a mini-workout (Try this 3 times: 10 pushups, 10 sit-ups, 25 squats, 25 “donkey kicks” on each leg, 25 bridges, 1 minute wall sit)
- Walk to Tim Hortons
- Keep on swimming
- Play intramural sports
- Try out WiiFit or WiiSports
- Walk anywhere and everywhere!
This is not an exhaustive list, of course. These are just a few of the many ways we can “bust a move” towards living well this year and cultivate a healthy lifestyle for the years to come.
I hope you have enjoyed this second part of our discussion on living well! In addition, my hope is that you do some research on your own and dig a little deeper to find out what works best for you, your body, and your goals. Thank you so much for reading!
Comments? Questions? Anecdotes? Feel at home to comment below! Have a B-E-A-UTIFUL day! 🙂