4 Things you need to manage to live a healthy and high performing life.

This is a list that I have thought about that all people need to improve the quality of their life and get the most out of their daily life.

  1. Nutrition 
    As the old saying goes “You are what you eat.” Nutrition is vitally important to the well being of your life. Even in present with the abundance of food and information. We are still plagued by many preventable diseases. Many of these diseases can be managed through proper changes in diet.  This is why it is even more important  for you to get your nutrition in check. Easy changes that need to be made to your diet. Drink water…. Period Plan and simple either your drinking water or drinking water. Most people don’t consume enough water on a daily. If you need  a guide line  Men need 3 liters and women need 2 liters of water daily. Protein and vegetable( corn and peas do not count) at every meal.
  2. Exercise                                                                                                                                      If you have a sedentary job or a job period. You need to get daily exercise. When I say exercise. I don’t mean jumping on the elliptical for 30 mins while watching Netflix.  Exercise that requires physical and mental focus. 1 hour a day should be committed to build up a good sweat and putting resistance against the body.  As you age you lose muscle. You lose muscle, you lose strength, no strength means unable to get off the toilet. Once you lose your ability to get off the toilet you end up in the nursing home. Do you want to end up in a nursing home? Then go lift weights and work up a serious sweat  5 days a week. If you don’t know how to workout go find a personal trainer and they will make you sweat.
  3. Stress                                                                                                                                           Everybody  has stress. Many people do not show that stress but inside they are fighting the secret war. Learning the ability to manage stress is key to healthy life.  Stress will always be in your life. Not allowing stress to control you life is Key. Many chronic diseases stem from people who are unable to manage stress daily.  Finding an outlet to alleviate pent up stress is very important. Some people exercise, use the arts, or meditate. Find a way to get rid of stress. Sometimes  that means making major changes in your life such as: cutting people off, Moving to a new town, quitting a job/hobby.  Mental and Physical stress manifest the same way in the body. If you are stressed about something it will eventually wreck you body in the long term.
  4. Sleep                                                                                                                                            If you don’t sleep 8 hours a night you are doing a disservice to your body. I understand that you want to finish that football game or see if someone will finish the course on the next Ninja Warrior. Your body needs rest. Rest is important to allow the body to recover and rebuild from the day. Many people get between 4-6 hours of sleep and then chug down a boat load of caffeine and sugar to get through the day. Eventually your body will force you to crash. Allowing the body to restore itself will give you optimal performance and longevity. So DVR those shows or games and get some rest.                                                                                                                                                                 Learn to manage these for 4 areas of your life and you will see great improvement. It is easier said than done, but it can be done.

Author: Smithfitness

A former basketball player now fitness professional. Alex holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Kinesiology and certified NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS). Alex loves lifting heavy things repeatedly and going for long runs or rides and helping others achieve high levels of fitness and health. If you love fitness and health follow this blog and submerge yourself in all the fitness and health knowledge.

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