Through all my years of training and keeping healthy, I have developed what you can call positive habits that helped me achieve this. It does indeed improve the quality of your life.
How hard is it actually? How long does it take? How do you stop bad habits? How do we start new habits?
There are various positive habits and through my own experience anyone can adopt any habit that they want.
But, there must be a good reason for you to change. In many cases it could be a health reason, Or preventing a potential health reason.
It could be sadness, or hurt and you can’t stand your current behaviour anymore.
So I am going to write in this blog post some habits of mine and share them with you.
1. Train with weights 4 times a week.
Weight Training has many positive benefits.
A) Not only does it increase your physical work capacity, it also improves your ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). You will be able to work harder and longer with the proper weight training activities.
B) It improves your bone density. Strength training can control bone loss as you age.
C) Increases the strength of connective tissue, muscle and tendons.
D) Improves your quality of life. (1)
I have been training in the gym, particularly since I was 16 years old and have not lost any motivation.
Ideally you will want to weight train at least 3 x per week and doing full body workouts is a great example to begin with.
One of best productivity strategies there is. We all know when you focus on something it will bring us results.
So stay focused, if your not, then you will get no results.
Just be very clear about what you want to achieve, every day, every week and year.
And every day work on those tasks that you have set yourself.
3. Read Everyday.
“I can’t be bothered,” “I am too busy”, or” I just don’t enjoy reading.”
Well start to enjoy it.
Reading is an essential way to learn and of course you knew that… but did you know it is a great way to improve your thinking and writing.
And let me say, if you still don’t enjoy the thought of reading? There are many things in life that we don’t enjoy doing. So, instead of telling yourself that you don’t like to read, start a book now, and if you start doing it everyday, you will learn to do it.
Then, you will start to enjoy it.
4. Get your 7-8 hours sleep.
I work early mornings so I need to be up very early, but I will not sacrifice my sleep. I know that people can survive on just 5 hours, but many of us need more. If you can operate in the latter hours, then please make sure you are getting enough sleep.
5. Aim for those 10,000 steps.
Make walking part of your daily life, it will keep your body moving and is a positive activity.
The best part of just going for a walk is that you become a part of the world.
Bring a friend for a conversation or just enjoy the surroundings.
6. Be present in the moment.
A big issue for me is I always look so far ahead in potentially achieving my goals, that I seem to forget the here and now.
I have a family that I love, a career that I enjoy, friends and colleagues that I am grateful for, and am healthy.
But I feel that is something that we all must do more of, because yes, it’s important to make goals, but don’t get into that feeling of always waiting for the future happiness.
We all need a trigger that will bring us back to the present moment and for me it is reading books again, if I read about the struggles of the past, it makes me realise how fortunate I am to have the freedom to be able to make my choices.
7. Practice kindness and love.
Showing kindness and love to others you can spread at an unlimited amount, it will never run out.
Doing something and expecting nothing in return is very powerful and the biggest stopper to that is our ego because you always want something in return.
So give your kindness away every day, you have an unlimited amount and don’t worry about keeping score. You have enough kindness ams love anyway.
8. Stay positive.
Negative experiences, bad times will happen and unfortunately they are non-negotiable. They will happen to everyone. I have mentioned this in my last blog post. Let’s say a bad accident happens, so then it’s a moment to be thankful your’re alive. Having a bad time at work, then be thankful for having the opportunity of a job. There is also a positive side of any situation. Try to search for it.
9. Set Goal.
Setting goals is healthy and it gives a person something to work toward. Otherwise, there will never be a measurement to judge improvements. Even small goals can be effective like walking past those fast-food outlets and eating a healthy made meal in the park at lunch. Or writing down long-term goals, such as losing 12 kg over a certain time period.
Looking and reading inspirational quotes can can help you through the rough spots.
10. Stay Hydrated.
Being and staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your health. The human body requires water for all of its vital functions, hair and skin, plus boost metabolism. Focus on drinking more water than coffee or alcohol. Keeping a glass of water by bed at night is a great way to wake up feeling refreshed.