There are a plethora of hot topic environmental issues at the forefront in the media currently. I will not be going into all of those here. What I want to focus on are just 3 very simple lifestyle choices we can make that will directly improve our health, and make an impact on the health of our planet. We often think that our daily choices are insignificant. But they are not. Even our seemingly small daily choices add up over time and have real effects on our bodies and our planet.
Sometimes our days get so packed with “to'-do’s” that self-care and health habits can be pushed to the wayside. However, if we choose to start our day with a 30 minute health supporting routine, we can at least be happy we did that, as a bare minimum, on the days that other things (exercise, eating ALL the veggies, getting out in nature, etc) get neglected. So, instead of spending 30 minutes pressing the snooze button, use that time to get a head start on supporting your health for the day.
The air inside our homes is 2-5 times dirtier than the air outside. There are so many factors contributing to this indoor pollution, one of which is toxic cleaning products that are full of harmful chemicals with a whole host of deleterious health effects. This month I challenge you to detox your cleaning supplies. Every small change you make to clean up the environment in which you live can have huge impacts in your long term health. So to start with, let's clean up the cleaners.
Does spending time on social media bring you joy? Or does it do just the opposite? For some, it can increase anxiety and depression, foster procrastination, magnify attention difficulties and create distance from real human interactions. This month's health challenge is to take a break from social media. Spend time with real friends, not Facebook friends - they are not the same. You may find that your mood improves, you sleep better, have more time, are more focused, feel more deeply connected with friends/family and experience increased well-being overall.
As a whole, we as humans are moving much less often than our ancestors. And that's not good. A highly sedentary and inactive lifestyle increases our risk for numerous health conditions. This month, I challenge you to move your body every day. Further, I challenge you to make sure you are doing both aerobic exercise (the kind that gets your heart rate up, gets you a little out of breath and gets you sweating) and strength training (either using weights, or using your body weight as resistance, as in yoga or pilates).