Eight Principles of Healthy Living

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The Basic Lifestyle Guidelines

“The greatest wealth is health.”  – Virgil

The flood of information out there about health can make living a healthy life very difficult and confusing. Many Coaches can agree they often onboard a lot of clients and athletes who have developed eating disorders and negative self-perceptions because of wacky trends and gimmicks promoted by a variety of fitness providers and influencers.

Living a healthy lifestyle does not have to be very complex. It doesn’t have to be restrictive dieting, intense exercise or macro-based. There is a better set of principles and guidelines that enable clients to live better, healthier and more fulfilled lives.

These eight guidelines represent the basics of what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle inside and outside of the gym. You can find a full list of them below:

1. There are 24 hours in a day. Apply work and rest appropriately.

This pertains to everything in life, not just your gym training. You need balance in your work life, gym training, and your rest and recovery. Without a balance between all three aspects of your life, you will be unable to thrive and grow as a human being.

2. The earth spins, and our energy patterns correlate with the positioning of the sun and moon. We need sun exposure while it is up, and we should sleep with the moon.

Our body is driven by rhythm, the circadian rhythm specifically. The presence of the sun and the moon correlate with our energy patterns throughout the day. When the sun rises and is at its peak is when we should feel the most awake and active. Conversely, when the sun sets we should feel drowsy and ready for bed. So, set aside some time each day to get outside and get sun exposure. It will benefit you tremendously in more ways than a nice tan. Also, try to go to sleep as the moon is setting. Getting as many hours of sleep as possible in before midnight is crucial.

3. Everyone dies eventually. It’s time to get to living.

Part of being human is being mortal. Our time on this planet is finite. While others are dissuaded from taking risks, we are driven to do more and be more because of this truth. Stop existing in the past or the future. Live each day as if it is your last. Be present.

4. Water, moving blood and proper digestion are essential daily routines.

Humans are physical animals. The human body is a machine which requires daily nourishment practices and routines. Water, getting your blood moving and proper digestion are, and should be, an essential part of anyone’s day.

5. Drink at least half of your bodyweight in ounces of water per day, as a starting point.

Water is essential to human survival and the body’s internal functions. In humans, it acts as both a solvent and a delivery mechanism, dissolving essential vitamins and nutrients from food and delivering them to cells. Our bodies also use water to flush out toxins, regulate body temperature and aid our metabolism. No wonder then that water makes up nearly 60 percent of our bodies or that we can’t go for more than a few days without it. By drinking ½ of your own bodyweight in ounces per day, you are aiding your body’s natural functions.

6. Recovery. Blood flow facilitates recovery and healing faster. Get moving every day.

Movement is an important part of the human experience. It promotes health, allows us to heal faster, and gets essential blood moving around the body. You don’t need to engage in two-hour long training sessions in order to benefit. Thirty minutes a day of any movement or exercise will aid your body greatly.

7. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to maintain great circadian rhythm.

As discussed earlier, your body thrives on rhythm. Sleep plays an important role in solidifying your body’s internal rhythms and processes. By sleeping and waking at the same hours each day, you are setting the entirety of the next day up for success.

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin

8. Digestion. Food is a 36 to 44-hour investment. Sit down, CHEW your food, enjoy your food and set your phone aside in order to have a conversation.

Food is fuel. Anytime you eat something, you are investing in your body’s energy for the next 36 to 44 hours. That doesn’t just mean you need to be eating quality, healthy foods. You also need to be able to digest the food you consume by setting aside electronic equipment and eating in a low stress environment.

 

Luke Tagle is the marketing coordinator for OPEX. To contact Luke, email luke@opexfit.com. For more information, visit opexfit.com.