I’ve been working in the health and wellness industry for two decades. 

Even writing that is mindboggling.  

Over those 20 years, I’ve seen a LOT of “trends” come and go.

Yet, the fundamentals remain the same. The thing that has never been a trend is WHY you need to keep moving, eating and managing stress. 

Lifelong health begins with the practice of more good habits and less bad habits.

Sounds simple, right?

When we don’t overcomplicate health and stick to the basics instead, why not focus on what you can gain from being healthy instead of continuously failing to make yourself smaller.  

As we head into a new year, it’s time to rethink health so that our goals have less to do with the number on the scale and more to do with our quality of life. 

How?  Here are 4 habits for lifelong health:

1. Practice moving your body in a way that will allow you to stay strong and do any activity you want, even as you age.

Case in point, this week, I saw a motivating video that showed an older gentleman secretly practice lifting a heavyweight (a kettlebell) so that he could raise his granddaughter to place the star on top of the family Christmas tree.  You can watch it HERE (grab a kleenex, though!)

2. Practice eating in a way that nourishes your body.  

Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full and choose the foods that keep you energized to live life to the fullest while protecting you from chronic illness. A great way to change your nutrition mindset is to think about healthy foods you can add to your meals instead of restricting “unhealthy” foods. Need a list of superfoods?  Download it HERE

3. Practice self-care in a way that helps calm you down.  

Our bodies are not designed to go full tilt 24/7, 365 days a year. Rest and recovery matter as much as movement. Our muscles and joints need to recover from the work we ask of them every day. Need some ideas on strategies to control stress? Check it out HERE.

4. Practice playing for life.

Twenty years ago, I got into this line of work because I genuinely LOVE to play (exercise) and hope to inspire others to move more often.  

The benefits of this one habit (play) can transform your life in ways you cannot even imagine. 

Play makes you feel happier and younger while keeping your memory sharp.

Not only that but exercise improves your sleep, strengthens your heart and muscles, and preserves your mobility.  If you ever want powerful data to prove it, look at adding a tool like a WHOOP to your arsenal.

Plus, exercise boosts your immune system (particularly crucial right now with COVID lurking around) and staves off a host of other lifestyle-related diseases.

When you think of your reality, ability, and current lifestyle, what small actions could you take RIGHT NOW to move you closer to your health and wellness goals

Remember, focusing on what you can gain from healthier habits is often more important than thinking about what you can lose. 

Start there! And lift heavy s*&t forever.

xo Coach Jan

 

P.S. Whenever you’re ready, here are three ways I can help you:

1) If you need help now or in the new year, I’m right here – reach out and let’s see if we are a good fit to work together. To apply for coaching with me, reply to this email with the word COACHING or Click HERE to book a Discovery Call!

2) Get the first chapter of my book The Play Book:  How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health for FREE – download it HERE!

3) Looking to learn real-life, practical habits to incorporate quickly and efficiently starting now? Sign up for my FREE 7 Days of Healthy Habits Course.