It's all too easy to feel overwhelmed about the amount of health information we see on social media. Too many of them promise quick fixes by either eating certain superfoods or difficult to maintain diets or exercise regimes. How many times have you put off starting a new exercise plan because you felt it was 'too difficult' or couldn't commit to it? We've come to learn that the small changes we make into habits are actually the secret to a foundation of health and wellbeing.
The Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said regarding doing good deeds, '… the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.'
Habits and consistency are what turn into our identity. Do something that can become your habit. Here, we give you two suggestions that if done every day, will lead to long lasting health benefits.
1. Morning movement: Do a series of intentional, controlled, isolated movements that wake your body up in the morning. This will help with aches and pains and body stiffness and improve overall flexibility. Try some yoga or pilates for 5-10 minutes.
2. Physical activity does not mean going to the gym: It can be difficult to get regular ‘exercise’ into our busy schedules. What is easier but requires a conscious mind shift is increasing our physical activity. Essentially, this is any movement of the human body requiring a level of effort beyond one’s resting heart rate. Physical activity adds up way more than you think. If you begin to make small decisions to implement movement throughout work and recreational life, you may very well double your activity for the week. While each bout may not be considered ‘exercise’, you’ll be designing a system that will greatly improve your health. Examples are parking your car further away, taking the stairs, doing some lunges while brushing your teeth, taking calls while going for a walk.
What habits will you start implementing? Share it with us!