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1. Find and Make Nutritious and Delicious Recipes
Make it a goal to find 2 healthy recipes/week that you (and maybe your family/friends) love. You could also try to find healthy delicious snacks that you can eat pretty much any time and know it’s actually going to build your health, rather than take it away. Here are some possible resources to recipes you might want to try:
Makers’ Diet approved recipes on Pinterest (The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin is one of my favourite books on physical health.)
Paleo Recipes by Paleo Leap
2. Start with the Tiniest of Habits
If you’d like to form a habit that may be difficult for you to get started, perhaps break it down so that you start very very small the first week, a little more the second, and so on. For example, if you want to get up 3 mornings a week to take a walk, maybe first set the goal of putting your running shoes beside the door each evening before your “walk” and then put them on in the morning. That’s it! Crazy, I know.
But according to “Tiny Habits” creator Dr. B.J. Fogg, if you set a super-easy goal for yourself and then reward yourself by saying “Good for you!” or something and mean it, you will be building the encouragement and momentum you need to continue to the next step next week–such as stepping outside, walking a few steps and coming back. By the end of the month, you might be walking around the block 🙂
3. Track Your Habits
To track a habit, you may want to use my Monthly Habit Tracker. This is often motivating for me when I use it.
4. Functional Fitness–Not So Strenuous
If you know you need more physical activity in your life, but you don’t like strenuous exercise, there is a wonderful type of exercise being encouraged now called Functional Fitness.
Not only is it effective in raising your heart rate, but unlike traditional weight-lifting, it is awesome for preparing your joints and muscles for doing the day-to-day tasks you might have to do, like lifting a box (or toddler) or climbing stairs. It is also doesn’t give the wear and tear on your body that more physically demanding exercises, like running, can.
5. Fun Activities for You (Done with Alone or With Others)
Maybe you don’t like traditional “exercise” but there is a sport or fun activity you’d like to try. Perhaps you could even do it with a friend, if that suits you. Some ideas: a simple walk a few times a week, hiking in the woods, canoeing, swimming indoors (or outdoors if it’s warm enough in April where you live), badminton or tennis, volleyball or shooting hoops with your kids, gardening, or spring-cleaning 🙂 Perhaps there are some hiking or sports clubs in your area? What other ideas do you have?
6. Get more Sleep and/or Clean Water
Perhaps you’d like to read my latest blog post with some tips on focusing on your physical health in the morning. In it you’ll find some articles on the benefits of getting more sleep and ways you can increase your hours. Also, here’s an article on why and how to get more water.
I used to get headaches regularly while riding home on the bus as a teen. But I read later that dehydration can easily cause headaches, and now that I try to watch my water intake, I rarely get headaches. Of course, there are more reasons you can get headaches (including being gluten-sensitive), but why not try it?
7. Some Website Resources
Some of my favourite websites about physical health:
8. Some Great Books on Health
Some of my favourite books dealing with physical health:
8. Push the Reset on Your Health
Have you heard of the Daniel Fast? If you really want to push the reset on your health, and gain some spiritual benefits as well, this may be for you. I did it a few years ago and found it doable and rewarding.
Being in ongoing stressful situations (including just plain over-busyness) can really impact your physical health.
What are some ways you can get some relaxation time that you enjoy? Perhaps you’d like to try a bath a few times a week with some some epsom salts or a few drops of essential oils (make sure to only use kinds safe for topical use in the bath). Maybe you just would like to sit down with a good book once a day. Or maybe a walk in a beautiful natural area periodically would help you de-stress. What other ideas do you have?
10. Life Coaching in Physical Health
As always, I’d love to help you live your best life in all areas of life. If you’d like some assistance in thinking about your situation, setting doable goals and receiving encouragement and accountability (as well as help adjusting them over the weeks), I’d be happy to coach you in this! Loving My Life Challengers get a special discount on coaching pertaining to that month’s challenge, so ask about that and book your free 20-Minute Discovery Session to see if coaching with me is for you. You will be under no obligation to continue.
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