As adults, we carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. We are responsible for taking care of ourselves, our careers, our families, and our households. That is a lot of responsibility to carry around day in and day out. As a result of this, we NEED to feel our best and on top of our game each and every day. Here are my top 4 health hacks to help you feel your best and bring your “A” game so that you too can rule the world. Kidding. So that you can be as happy and healthy as possible and be a productive member of society because let’s face it, adulting ain’t easy.
At the top of the list is: Sleep More – This is no surprise. You need more sleep to feel your best. I know, I know, easier said than done, right? Let me tell you how you can achieve this: let some things go. You have to make sacrifices to get more sleep. For me, I’ve learned that when my kids are napping at the same time (which RARELY happens nowadays), I’d better take advantage of it and shut my eyes for a bit too. The dishes and laundry can wait. The floors can be swept later. Emails can be prioritized and put on hold if need be. In order to improve in one area of my life (like get more sleep), I have to bomb some other areas of my life (like chores, laundry, stalking people on IG, returning dumb emails, etc.) and that’s perfectly ok.
Next up: Exercise More – This is a no brainer, right? However, pay close attention to this: you MUST exercise DAILY. Most of us think that if we can’t dedicate at least 30 minutes to a workout, then what’s the point, right? WRONG! 10 mins of exercise daily will do wonders for your health and your overall well-being. Remember, 10 minutes is better than no minutes. Shoot for 10-15 mins of moving your body: Every. Single. Day… And, see above about bombing certain areas of your life to improve in others.
Feeling A Little Hangry?: Use The Hunger Continuum – Rate your hunger on a scale from 1-5: 1=Hangry, 2=Hungry but not irrational, 3=not hungry but not full, 4=Full but not stuffed, satisfied, 5=Stuffed and uncomfortable. Most people live in #1 or #5, and the goal is to live between #2-#4. Try to eat before you are ravenous and irrational. When you eat like this, you are more likely to make poor choices when it comes to your food because you will eat anything that is in front of you. Also, stop eating when you are 80% full. Often times we eat too quickly and our brain needs to catch up to our stomach and realize that we are full. Notice how it feels to stop eating when you are 80% full and give your body and mind time to process this.
Last, but certainly NOT least: Properly Hydrate – This is a big one! Being properly hydrated helps you feel full, helps with your energy levels, and can aid in weight loss. I challenge you to chug a glass of water when you’re feeling tired instead of that extra cup of coffee and see how much more energy you will have. Aim to drink ½ your bodyweight in ounces of water per day. If you have a hard time keeping track of your water intake, every time you finish a bottle of water, put a rubber band around the water bottle. This allows you to track how much water you have had. For instance, if your water bottle holds 16 ounces of water, and you weigh 150 lbs, you need to be drinking AT LEAST 75 ounces of water. That’s about 4 and ½ of your 16 ounce sized water bottle. So, every time you finish your bottle of water, put a rubber band around it and then refill it. So, at the end of the day, you should have 4-5 rubber bands around your water bottle. Then you know you hit your goal.
I also have to give credit where credit is due. Here is a little secret about me: I listen to The Shameless Mom Academy Podcast almost daily as part of my routine. In her podcast, the host, talks about these health hacks. She inspired me to write this for those of you out there who don’t listen. With these 4 health hacks, you will feel a little better. And isn’t that what we all want? To walk around every day with a lot of sleep under our belts and the perfect bod? Nope, just me? Well carry on then and do your thang.
So there you have it! My top 4 health hacks to help you be your very best self, each and every day. I have a crazy chaotic life. I am mommin’ it with 2 kids under 4, running my own business, blogging here and over at East Valley Moms Blog (@eastvalleymomsblog), AND I am in prep for my first OCB bikini competition. So I need to be on top of my shiz ALL OF THE TIME if I’m going to navigate my current crazy world successfully. I can’t be walking around tired, stressed out, and hangry!
Therefore, I will leave y’all with this: I challenge each and every one of you to give my 4 health hacks a try yourself. I promise you, you won’t regret it!
Written by Rochelle Sonberg
Owner, Unique Performance
**Original blog written for East Valley Moms Blog (eastvalleymomsblog.com)