I’ll tell you mine, if you tell me yours!
I’m going to start with my top 3 best health habits so you’ll think I’m great for a couple of minues, before I totally disillusion you with the bottom 3!
#1 I walk
I walk the dog at least one a day; when I’m going to work I park the car at the far side of a little wood and walk from there; I usually sneak out for a walk instead of a coffee break; and I park at the farthest end of the supermarket. In my spare time, I quite like to go for a walk ….
#2 I floss
I confess that I used to be an occasional flosser (usually when I had something stuck in my teeth!), but one time after a hygienist appointment I decided to see if flossing every day would keep ‘that dentist-clean feeling’. It pretty much did. Then after reading Younger by Sara Gottried I was convinced that I needed to get into the habit of flossing twice a day (I’ll write more about why another day). So now I do, unless I’m really tired or in a big rush – lets keep it real here – and I’m in and out of the hygienist’s office in record time. Result! Who wants to have their teeth poked for half an hour?
#3 I hydrate
Fancy way of saying that I drink plenty. I start the day with a pint of water and a dash of lemon juice, and end the day with a big glass of water swigged throughout the evening. And of course water and green or herb tea throughout the day (and a couple of coffees too). It’s a wonder I don’t spring a leak! Read more about keeping hydrated at work here.
That was the easy bit, now for the ones I find a bit more ‘challenging’!
#1 I don’t move enough of myself
I certainly do lots of walking, but I don’t do enough of other types of movement – the ones that build strength and flexibility. I love yoga, but have got a bit out of the habit with having back and wrist issues this past year. I keep hearing that strength training is really important as you get older, to counteract muscle loss and speed up metabolism, but I’m a bit scared of it and think maybe I need a personal trainer to get me started (this is called procrastination and making excuses!).
I’m not sure why I didn’t make this #1 – actually it could have been #1, #2 and #3! I’m a sugar monster. Mostly sweets and chocolate, I was never too bothered about biscuits and cakes. Chocolate shows me who’s boss on a regular basis. In the last couple of years I’ve done a few sugar fasts, usually for a month or so, and sometimes the momentum keeps me going for several more months and sometimes I end the month with a chocolate feast and I’m back to square one.
This might surprise those of you who know me in real time. People comment on how calm I am on a regular basis but I actually don’t cope with stress very well and this has shown up health-wise for me at different times in my life as tension headaches, high blood pressure, digestive problems and eczema. I put it down to an over-developed perfectionist streak. Having a regular meditation practice has certainly helped me to identify that – now I just need to get my chill out on!
So, anyone brave enough to share some of their victories and challenges? Tell you what, I’ll let you choose whether to share a good habit or one that needs a bit of work! We’re all friends here ….
PS – thank you so much for positive response to my blog launch last week! For those who asked for a subscribe button (and even if you didn’t!) there is now one on the Blog page. If all has gone well, you should also see a Bloglovin link at the bottom of the post.