I’m writing this blog because I want to talk about the simple acts and habits that contribute to the overall behavior of being healthy. The daily practices that you do or not do are what make you healthy or not healthy; it is not a single workout or a month of intense dedication followed by a month of rest that make you healthy – it’s the little, healthy practices (or rather, the avoidance of non-healthy practices) over time that ultimately determine your health.
1) Eating healthy.
If I don’t eat healthy, I know it. My body, my head, and everything just feels like crap. My stomach hurts, my head begins to throb, and I can’t think clearly. The clarity that comes with eating healthy makes it so you’ll never settle for anything less when you’ve had it long enough. Pick a few foods that work for you and keep it simple. (Want to know what my diet looks like? Click here to check it out.
2) My Enagic water machine.
I paid over $4000 for a water machine, and I’m totally proud of it. It’s an Enagic Kangen Water machine, and I can’t even begin to explain the benefits because I’ve never made the effort to sell it to anyone. The basics are that it turns your water into 9.5 pH alkaline water, loads it with antioxidants, and basically turns tap water into super water.
I stand up at a desk all day. Even if I’m tired. It helps keep me awake. It saves my lower back. It helps me stay focused. I can’t imagine not having it now. Click here to learn more about using a stand-up desk with a blog I wrote last year.
4) Meditation / Journaling
Compartmentalizing my thoughts at the end of the day keeps me sane. I know that I have to spend at least 15 minutes per day focusing on calming my mind and tuning out the incessant thinking that goes on in my head, or I’ll start to turn into a cranky and removed individual. It’s not that I have negative thoughts; I just simply have a to-do list that is totally unrealistic. Meditation and journaling help me control it.
5) Stretching / Movement
At this point, I can’t even go for one day without doing some form of yoga or exercise. My legs get stiff, my back starts to hurt, and my neck gets angry if I stay inactive for too long. I move my body at least three times per day, because that’s what I know it needs. Otherwise it’ll start to hurt, and I’ll have to double my movement to fix it.
Book I’m reading right now: The Way of the Superior Man – Do yourself a favor and get it!!!
I think I might just read a chapter from this book once a week for the rest of my life. It’s keeping me totally grounded. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and get it.
Fitness focus: Ankle Stability
Yup, I’m still working on this. This week was the first week that I’ve only used shoes with no arch support for as long as I can remember. It’s taken a long time to break my addiction to shoes with support, but I’m hoping that with all of my ankle & calf strengthening my lower legs are ready for it.
Finding inspiration from: My new help.
Last week I made my first serious hire for Man Flow Yoga. Joshua Vanderhoof, a Manbassador who has been with Man Flow Yoga since the Manbassador Program began 2 years ago, has stepped up to the plate and is helping me as the Director of Operations. I’m looking forward to him taking some of the workload of day-to-day stuff so I can focus on creating content and growing the brand.