Aetna recently asked me to write a bit about “What’s Your Healthy?” At first, I was like pssh, no problem. The typical stuff came to mind and while I could list out all of those things today, that would be a pretty boring post. Healthy is far more than just the typical stuff in my mind. So I’m going to break it down into two groups.
What’s Your Healthy? The Basics
1. Eat healthy most of the time
You didn’t think we’d escape this one, did you? This entire site is pretty much about healthy(ish) food, I kinda think it’s important. We’ve got one body in this short life, treat it well. As often as possible, I believe healthy is eating unprocessed, local, organic wholesome foods. Lots of vegetables, sustainable proteins and not nearly as much grains as our country seems to think acceptable. This doesn’t mean indulgences are off the table, it just means they should be the exception, not the rule.
2. Get enough sleep
This is crucial for me. I’m pretty much useless without at least 8 hours of sleep every night and preferably 9 or more. I think we underestimate how important sleep really is and far too many of us function on 5 or 6 hours a day.
3. Find a sport or exercise you love and do it!
CrossFit is almost always the highlight of my day. Even 150 pull-ups and blood pouring down my ripped hands doesn’t deter me. I.love.it. I feel euphoric after every wod. I used to feel this way about running. Sometimes I still do and on those days, I run. Yoga? I’ve tried countless times and just can’t get into it. Don’t force yourself to do something you don’t like, there are countless ways to move your body, find one you love and working out won’t be “work”.
What’s Your Healthy? The Others
1. Find time away from the phone/computer and relax social media-less
This has become harder and harder as more and more of my life seems to be tied to social media. Considering success at my job is somewhat tied to being present on social media, it’s really hard to walk away sometimes. Lately, I’m trying to leave the phone in the other room when we’re watching tv or having dinner or when I get into bed at night, I’m trying to pick up a book instead of scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram.
2. Real life friend get-togethers
Real life relationships are important. It’s crazy how many people I only “know” online and spend “talking” to on a daily basis. But nothing replaces a good lunch with a friend or wine nights with your girlfriends. Working from home, this is definitely key to my “healthy” as I can sometimes go an entire day when Ulysses is working not having actually “talked” to anyone out loud until 5pm when I walk into the gym.
3. Finding “happy” in the now
This one is more of a “I need to do this for my health” rather than an “I do this already”. Life’s short, I want to do so.many.things. Travel to all the places, eat at all the best restaurants and I want it all now. Pinterest doesn’t help this as I see beautiful pins of far off lands while I sit behind my computer screen in boring somewhat-upstate, NY. Woohoo. But seriously, there is so much that I’ve already done and already have right now to be happy about that I need to stop “living for the next thing” as much. It’s not healthy to wish your life away.
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