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13 Simple Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Busy People

13 Simple Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Busy People

Many people use the argument that they’re too busy to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and in all honesty, I’m a bit sick of hearing the excuses.

“But I do am busy,” you may say.

This is something I hear all too often, and usually from people that have taken it upon themselves to have a certain career type, or birth a child, or adopt a pet without total consideration for the outcome of their decisions. What I truly don’t understand is how one can take on all sorts of responsibilities and then allow them to supersede one’s own requirements for health and well-being.

Simply put, there should not be a ‘too busy’ if one puts themselves first.

Why should someone put themselves first? Well, because each individual is the foundation of their own life – if the foundation is not solid, then everything above will come toppling down. If someone has taken too many responsibilities, and neglected their own health and wellness, they’re missing the most important (foundation) responsibility entirely.

A healthy lifestyle goes beyond just maintaining a healthy diet and activity levels, but also includes managing stress, sleep, and even the amount of information you consume each day. In this modern age of technological devices left, right, and center, that final point regarding information consumption will be something I heavily focus on in this article.

A healthy lifestyle is one of balance, meaning maintaining necessary self care while also accomplishing daily tasks which need to get done – work, taking care of children, pets, and all other items which may popup throughout the typical day. Self care simply means putting your health and wellness first – mentally and physically, and thinking about the short as well as long term impacts on your daily decisions.

So here, I will cover 13 straight forward healthy lifestyle tips. You don’t even need to implement all of the suggestions, but if you can start with just a few, you’ll be on the right track to a healthy lifestyle.

1. Create a Schedule

This is where it all starts.

One of the best ways to stay organized and maintain a healthy lifestyle is to create a schedule and use lists as much as possible to ensure you stay on top of important tasks. Your schedule will dictate how you go about completing each task throughout the day, and where you can slot-in your healthy lifestyle activities.

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2. Maintain Healthy Sleep Habits

Studies show that the majority of recovery and repair is done during sleep time.[1] This isn’t just recovery of your body’s muscles, but recovery and repair of the brain! With that in mind (no pun intended), it should be at the forefront of importance to get adequate sleep every night.

If you don’t get proper sleep, your body and brain will not be able to function at its full capacity – which means your decision making process will be compromised.

Focus on high quality deep sleep and remaining within REM Sleep cycles (not awaking sporadically throughout the night). Some supplements can help with improved sleep, which I will discuss a bit further below.

3. Drink Lots of Quality Water

This is something that cannot be overlooked since 60% of the human adult body is water.[2] The brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery: 31%.

Simply put, you run on water and without this very important fuel, you will not be able to operate effectively and you may even start to develop illness.

The quality of your water is also quite important – and I suggest looking at natural spring water as your primary source of nourishment. Keep in mind if you use Reverse Osmosis that removes the largest spectrum of contaminants of any water treatment process. It does remove the minerals, which you will then need to make-up for with supplementation.

4. Incorporate Intermittent Fasting

I’ve written articles about the benefits of Intermittent Fasting (“IF”), and discussed on popular youtube videos. IF has undeniable benefits and much research is starting to come to the surface to support this.

You can learn more about IF here:

5. Exercise Daily

There’s varying degrees of exercise, and I’m not suggesting to deadlift or squat heavy daily. What I suggest is light steady-stay cardio daily at a bare minimum – which means a low pace walk for minimum of 20 minutes per day. You can split this up into two 10min walks, but keep in mind this is the bare minimum!

I encourage you to challenge yourself and set a firm goal such as losing X-amount of body weight, or lifting Y-amount of weight during a workout.

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We need goals to stay on track, and I suggest also aligning to others on social media that are supporting your journey – here’s where I plug my Instagram to help others achieve their healthy lifestyle goals:

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    I also suggest downloading fitness apps that will help track your progress.

    6. Maintain Healthy Eating Habits

    You’ll notice how I didn’t use the word ‘diet’ here, because this has truly become a fad in itself – the concept of going on and off diets.

    The healthy lifestyle approach is to establish a sustainable healthy eating regime. I’ve been suggesting the use of meal tracking apps such as MyFitnessPal for years, as it holds one accountable and tracks progress.

    A healthy eating habit is one of balance and maintaining proper macro nutrient and micro nutrient intake. Calories are also quite important, and using apps to track them will help. It’s safe to say healthy eating entails consuming foods across the full color spectrum, and ensuring enough high quality protein is being consumed.

    7. Maintain a Healthy Gut

    Many consider the gut as the second brain. Much communication occurs between the human gut, and the human brain. One could argue that much of the decision making process begins in the gut, and if it’s an unhealthy gut you can be sure the decisions will also be quite unhealthy.

    You can maintain a healthy gut by using probiotics such as all natural (plain) Kefir greek yogurt, or kombucha – which is a fermented, slightly alcoholic (sometimes non alcoholic), lightly effervescent, sweetened black or green tea drink commonly intended as a functional beverage for its supposed health benefits.

    8. Don’t Overcook Meat

    This one is really simple and easy to achieve. When you overcook food, and meat in particular, you are welcoming unnecessary and unwanted carcinogens.

    One approach to reducing this is if you use coffee rub on your meats to reduce the amount of carcinogens in any overcooked areas.

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    9. Use Supplementation

    I strongly believe the first line of defence is food. However, if you cannot consume all of your micro-nutrients, then supplementation is a great alternative.

    Please ensure you do your research prior to purchasing any supplement, to ensure it is not just ineffective ‘snake oil’, and that it is proven to actually be effective.

    Important vitamins to consider are D3, B6, B12, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Calcium, Protein, and others. Other popular substances are becoming widely adopted as well for their proven results such as CBD Oil,[3] and I personally have incorporated its use to improve deep/REM sleep cycles.

    If you’re interested in a follow up article on the best and most important supplements – please reach out and let me know!

    10. Spend Time In Nature

    Forest and Nature Bathing is extremely effective in treating physical health and especially mental health. Shinrin-yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

    Researchers from the University of East Anglia, looked at data from a slew of studies[4] —103 observational studies and 40 interventional studies – 290 million participants, from 20 different countries. The study data concluded that spending more time in green spaces was linked to reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lower heart rate, reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, reduced risk of type II diabetes, reduced all-cause mortality and death from heart disease.

    Even more amazing data was found in women who were pregnant – more time spent in forestry was linked to reduced risk of “small size for gestational age” in the baby as well as preterm birth.

    Finally among all the participants, on average, there was an increased likelihood of self-reporting one’s health as “good.”

    11. Incorporate Meditation

    You don’t need to sit in lotus pose in silence to perform meditation. In Buddhism, there is a practice known as Meditating in Four Postures, and its aim is to simplify the concept.

    Meditation can be performed in any of these four postures – Sitting, Standing, Laying Down, and Walking.[5] The aim of meditation here is to simply remain mindful throughout the day, and you can support this by additionally performing the more commonly seen ‘sitting in lotus pose’ meditation which basically emphasises stillness and silence (of mind).

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    Here’s a meditation guide for beginners: How Do You Meditate? 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

    12. Spend Time with Friends and Family

    This one has become tricky in our technological age simply due to the amount of distractions. Next time you are spending time with close friends or family, put the devices down and become totally devoted to the conversation at hand – immerse yourself in it.

    By spending time with friends, family, or even pets, you are supporting the human need for community and social interaction. When you immerse attention in this way, you can begin exchanging Biophotons (subtle energy)[6] between other living organisms.

    13. Consume Quality Content and Information

    This one you’ll need to stay on top of! Controlling the information you take in is super important.

    I’ve been focusing a lot on attention hijacking, which is basically when some external stimuli distracts or takes one’s attention away from the primary task at hand. Examples of attention hijacking is unexpected phone calls, or even emails, which distract from what is being worked on.

    Aside from hijacking, many people actually choose to consume low quality content and information. What I’d deem low quality is mind-numbing TV programs, or news channels. What I deem high quality is consuming information that is going to lead to elevated awareness of oneself or one’s situation, and inevitably aid the individual in making improvements to their lifestyle.

    Quality books, audiobooks, documentaries, online courses/lectures, and podcasts are a great starting point!

    The Bottom Line

    Each of these suggestions will benefit you in different ways, and I’ve briefly detailed the benefits of each.

    If you’re truly interested in maintaining an optimal healthy lifestyle, you’ll work towards implementing all. When you start to see the results of your actions, you’ll be so excited and want to continue to improve day over day. Sooner or later, you’ll be a freight train of health and helping others do the same.

    If you haven’t been taking your health and longevity seriously, now’s the time to start! You can take small steps each day to make improvements, and over time, those will compound to huge results. Look back in a year, two years, 5 years and be blown away at how much healthier and happier you are after having executed a strategy for healthy living!

    Featured photo credit: Morgan Sarkissian via unsplash.com

    Reference

    [1] National Sleep Foundation: What Happens When You Sleep?
    [2] H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158: The Water in You: Water and the Human Body
    [3] Wellness Co: Have an Overactive Mind Before Bed?
    [4] University of East Anglia: It’s official – spending time outside is good for you
    [5] Integral Awakenings: Meditating in all Four Postures
    [6] Int J Yoga.: Biophotons as Subtle Energy Carriers

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    8 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important to a Fulfilling Life

    8 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important to a Fulfilling Life

    The importance of effective goal setting cannot be overstated on our personal journeys towards success. This is why there are countless articles out there on how to set your own SMART goals and even why it’s a skill commonly taught to a small degree in classrooms.

    Learning the importance of goal setting and the benefits of sticking to those goals can be the defining factor determining whether we truly embrace the importance of goal setting. The more willing we are to embrace this method, the more likely we become to reach our personal definitions of personal and professional success.

    Thus, today’s article is going to walk you through some of the benefits you’ll see from learning to set goals for yourself and answer the question, “why is goal setting important?”

    1. Goals Guide and Align Our Focus

    It’s hard to get to where you want to be in life if you don’t know what you’re aiming for. Some people believe avoiding goals means living a more care-free life. How many times have you heard the phrase “If I have no expectations, then I can’t be disappointed”?

    But is that really what our lives have come to? Living just to avoid disappointment? It doesn’t seem like an overly optimistic view in my opinion. And since you’re reading this article, I’m willing to bet that you agree with me.

    Without goals, we lack a degree of direction and focus. Sure you may be able to avoid disappointment, but just avoiding disappointment doesn’t mean you are necessarily happy.

    Without goals, we will pointlessly waste our time, energy, and efforts. Listen to anybody who is the top of their field and they’ll tell you something like this,

    “Yes talent is important, but often your success depends much more on what you decide to do with that talent.”

    And what you will do with your talent largely depends on your focus.

    Your goals give you direction. Your goals give you something to shoot for. This direction and target you create in your mind will help you to progress towards your main life goals rather than simply wander around aimlessly. These goals will help you align your actions and behaviors as you continue moving forward.

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    So, why is goal setting important? Because it gives you direction, alignment, and purpose!

    2. Goals Help You Avoid ‘Shiny Object Syndrome’

    Basically, shiny object syndrome is always being in pursuit of the next big thing, constantly switching your goals based on what you feel is most fun and interesting at the given moment, but never actually giving yourself time to accomplish any of those goals.

    You don’t get anywhere because you continually change the direction you are heading in. This is one of the consequences that may result if you decide to live a life without goals.

    Your goals can sometimes help you to create mental barriers, or blinders, that help you to remain focused on what you think is important and avoid the things that are second priority. When you outline goals for yourself, you are better able to avoid things that distract you from achieving and accomplishing those goals.

    Setting goals helps you to step around the other shiny objects because you’ve taken the time to make some mental notes that remind you what it is that you want from your life. Your goals act as subconscious deterrents to anything less than your main priorities. This is what helps you to reach your personal definition of success.

    So, why is goal setting important? Because not only do goals tell you what you want from life, but they also help you realize what you need to give up and avoid to achieve that.

    3. Goals Turn Our Largest Goals into Manageable Steps

    A lot of us have big hopes and dreams. It’s one of the things that make our lives exciting!

    But a lot of us never take the time to figure out how we can effectively get from point A to point B. So, sadly, we never fully achieve those goals. We look at our dreams and convince ourselves that only a select few people ever achieve them, so we write ourselves off as people not meant to reach that level of success. Looking at the end product of a goal can be intimidating, daunting, and discourage us from even pursuing them.

    Thankfully, goal setting helps us break large intimidating goals into smaller ones. These small steps and more achievable goals will help us to build momentum and will encourage us to keep working towards the next phase of our goal. The form the foundation from which we can begin building the life that we truly hope to have for ourselves, our families, and may even for our communities depending on how big your goals are!

    Whenever I get talking about this aspect of goal setting, I can’t help but think about the mountain climbing analogy, and that the easiest way to climb a mountain is simply step by step.

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    So, why is goal setting important? Goal setting gives you a list of manageable steps that you can take in order to take your life from where it is now to where you want it to go both effectively and efficiently.

    4. Goals Encourage You to Take Action

    This builds on the last benefit of goal setting. Not only does effective goal setting help you break down your larger goals into smaller, more manageable ones, but it also encourages you to actually begin taking action on those goals. After all, a plan is completely worthless if you aren’t willing to invest the effort required to execute it.

    Setting your goals and putting your plan in place motivates you to begin taking action towards achieving them. These goals give you something to plan and work towards. Essentially, they help propel you forward.

    What I like to do is write out and place my goals somewhere that I’ll regularly see them. This constantly serves as a reminder of my top priorities. It allows me to focus on taking small progressive actions towards achieving these goals daily.

    This ensures that I don’t fall into the trap of setting a goal, beginning to work towards it for a while, but then having my motivation fade resulting in me falling off track. This is exactly what many people see happen when it comes to their “New Year’s Resolutions.”

    If you want to learn about how to take action towards achieving your goal, here’s how: How To Take Action Towards Your Goals Right Now

    So, why is goal setting important? Because goal setting actually motivates you to stop thinking about your goals and actually get out there and achieve them!

    5. Goal Setting Helps You Continually Improve

    This is something that a lot of personal development and self-improvement writers talk about, continual improvement. For those of you who are not aware of the term, continual improvement is exactly what it sounds like — taking small steps towards improvement as frequently as you can to develop into the person you want to become.

    What’s the point in improving a little bit each day if you’re not improving in the areas that you want to improve in after all?

    The goals that you define for yourself will inevitably shape you into the person who you want to become. They’ll shape your character. Your goals can help you measure your progress as you strive for this type of development.

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    Essentially, having goals helps you determine where you started, where you are now, and how much further you need to go. In this manner, your goal setting can serve as milestones and benchmarks that help you determine how well you’re progressing towards your most important goals!

    So, why is goal setting important? Goal setting helps you make improvements each day that will slowly transition you into the person you want to become.

    6. Goal Setting Keeps You Accountable

    Not only does setting goals help you measure your progress, but it also is a means through which you can keep yourself accountable. Too many goals fail because they lack this crucial aspect of outlining accountability.

    For example, if I have the goal to do 50 push-ups, that’s great. Most people would support that goal. However, this goal lacks accountability. When do I want to accomplish this goal by and what steps do I take to get there? These are important questions that the original goal leaves unanswered.

    A much more descriptive and specific goal could be to do 50 push-ups within the next 3 months by starting at 5 push-ups, and then adding 5 each week. This goal outlines the deadline as well as the steps I’m going to take to achieve it. This plan will keep me accountable because if I fail to retain my progression schedule, I will know that I’m not going to achieve the goal on time.

    Additionally, it can serve as a marker helping to signify when something is impeding my progress that I may not have initially accounted for. This tells me that I need to re-evaluate what I’m doing and figure out what adjustments I can make to facilitate my success.

    So, why is goal setting important? Setting goals is key to keeping ourselves accountable and on-track towards accomplishing our goals according to the schedules and deadlines we set for ourselves.

    7. Goals Make You Feel Good

    Trust me, the progress you feel as you set and achieve goals can become super motivating and super addicting (in a good way)! The dopamine release you get from achieving your goals is like a little reward for our brains that continually motivates us to try and hit that next goal!

    Having some clearly defined goals will help you to feel better about yourself and your life in general, especially when you stick to those goals, actively work towards achieving them, and end up accomplishing and surpassing your initial expectations. I’m not the oldest book on the shelf myself, but I can attest that there are not many feelings quite like the one you experience when you truly get on a roll!

    Additionally, our goals give us an endpoint to shoot for. Rather than progress for progress’s sake, you can actually see where you’re heading! That’s so much more rewarding. Think about a long car trip as a kid. You ask “if you’re there yet?” ever 20 minutes. It seems like the drive drags on forever.

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    If you don’t know where you’re going, you risk the journey becoming tedious. It doesn’t tend to be much fun wandering around aimlessly. Goals make us feel good about where we’re directing ourselves.

    So, why is goal setting important? Because setting goals and accomplishing them plain and simply make us feel better about ourselves and our lives!

    8. Goals Help You Live Your Best Life

    I’ve talked a lot in this article about how goal setting helps us progress towards our top priorities and live the way we truly want to live. So I think it’s fit to end the article with this goal because, in the end, I feel it’s the most important one.

    Setting your goals and clearly defining what they mean to you will help you live a life that is tailored to your beliefs and values. Your life will become directed towards the things that you most want to achieve.

    Life is a tricky game and only in very rare circumstances are things handed to us on a silver platter. Often it takes a great degree of work, planning, and effortful execution of both.

    There is no point clinging on to things in your life if they don’t bring you happiness or help you accomplish something that, in some way, aligns with your goals.

    Simply put, setting goals helps us live a life that allows us to pursue the challenges and rewards that we truly want to achieve.

    So, why is goal setting important? Because our time is always limited, and setting clearly defined goals can help ensure that you make the most of your life and live to the fullest! Find out more here: How to Use SMART Goal to Become Highly Successful in Life

    Final Thoughts

    These are just a few of the benefits of goal setting that outline why it truly is so important. If you take a moment or two, I bet that you can even think of a few more benefits yourself that you could add to this list.

    If I could leave you with something, it would be this:

    Goal setting has the potential to take us to some amazing places in life because we all have talent and ambitions. To achieve your biggest dreams, you need to be willing to sit down and create a life design uniquely tailored to you that will help you achieve them!

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