How to approach something is where I often get stuck with a goal… and where I stop. And I wonder why my To Do list is always so long.
But when Me You Health contacted me about a participating in a challenge to take a small action every day for my well-being, I thought, easy! I already take small actions every day for my health. All these small decisions involving nutrition, exercise, sleep, and hydration add up to my long-term good health.
But it did occur to me during the challenge – and as I didn’t actually do some of the small actions – that it’s not as easy as it sounds to change even one little thing about your daily routine. And that’s why so many of us stay blocked, including myself.
The small actions in the challenge were small – eat something with carotenoids in it, stretch your spine, gather what you’ll need to stay hydrated the next day, smile at three people. Many of these I do without even thinking about them, or I do some variation of them.
But others, such as, “Spend 10 minutes looking at your books, and set the ones you no longer want aside for donation,” sounded like something I should pay more attention to. Not that I have so many books for donating, but it made me realize that just spending 10 minutes on a single task once a day or several times a week could change the entire course of a goal. Or simply make things happen.
I thought about my workouts and how I often ignore my training journal until I’m at the gym. I do think about my goals on an ongoing basis, but I don’t do this on a weekly basis. If I spent just 10 minutes a week planning my workout, I’m betting I’d see more tangible progress on more tangible goals.
My top things can you do each day to influence your long-term health?
- Foam roll your IT band.
- Eat a super food.
- Drink 3 quarts water.
- Get 30 minutes of exercise.
- Have good posture.
All the small actions might not have gelled perfectly with my own routine, but that’s the point. Doing something slightly different each day for a different outcome. Now that’s something I can handle.