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Three habits of the outrageously healthy

iStock_000008268946MediumFor more than 15 years I have had the pleasure of working with people from just about every background, from elite athletes to the very unwell, from millionaires to those on welfare.  Regardless of the background, when it comes to expressing abundant health (or regaining it)I have noticed a few similarities and I thought I would share three of them with you today.

1.They look at failure differently

The one thing that is a certainty when it comes to your health is failure.  We all have days where we don’t feel like exercising, where we sleep in or eat too much chocolate.  This is a part of life, what is important is what you do when you fail.  Healthy people tend to have the ability to not let that one bad day become a bad week ( or even that bad week become a bad month).   Psychologists have discovered that one of the best predictors of how someone will go with their long term goals is by seeing how they respond to failure.  Surprisingly beating yourself up only leads to more failure.  Next time you find yourself staring at an empty packet of Tim Tams try to be a little compassionate instead.  We all make mistakes – remember tomorrow is another day and as the saying goes “it’s now how many times you fall it’s how many times you get back up”.

2.They don’t do diets ( in fact they don’t do fads)

The problem with most diets (and fads in general) is that they tend to be unsustainable.  Of course you will lose weight if you drink nothing but lemon juice for a week but this isn’t going to bring health or a long term solution.   Your eating plan has to be sustainable, asking yourself is this something that I can see myself doing for the rest of my life is a great place to start.  30 day challenges can be fun and whilst you can certainly lose some weight or gain some health in 30 days, health comes from something greater and a more long term approach.  Regaining optimal health is a marathon not a sprint.

3.They get a good nights sleep

So often we try and make health complicated, we search for the ultimate exercise routine or the latest wonder food when in many cases the things that can have the biggest impact on our health cost us nothing and are right at our door step.  Our crazy modern lifestyle almost idolises those amongst us that survive on the least sleep.  The research is now very clear if you are not getting enough sleep you are increasing you risk of early death.  For most of us a good nights sleep is 8 – 9 hours a night and whilst we can “survive” on less than this you cannot “thrive”.  If you are having difficulty sleeping make sure your room is DARK and I mean pitch black.  I recently started hanging up towels over my blinds and my sleep and really improved.  Another tip is to develop consistent wake and sleep times – get into a routine.  If for whatever reason you’ve had difficulty sleeping at night then a 20minute nap during the day may well be the best medicine.

Hopefully one of these three tips stands out for you.  Make some changes and enjoy the benefits and remember it’s OK to fail.

 

Yours in health

Angus

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