Ten Habits of Exceptionally Healthy People
Those that radiate outer health because they treasure inner health.
For the simple fact that you are viewing this site, we know that a healthy lifestyle is always on your mind. You can’t help but think about it or suppress it–consciously or not–every time you look in a mirror, step into a workout for the day, or prepare your meal. It drives many of the decisions you make about exercise and eating, and it determines how you choose between spandex and sweat pants.
This kind of health really isn’t just about looking good. Outer beauty serves as proxy of how healthy you are; it’s the message you send to others about your health. When we spot a particularly healthy looking person, somewhere deep in our reptilian brains, an alarm goes off. We want to look as healthy as that person. How and why do these people shine? It’s about how ALL the parts of inward and outward physical condition and emotional health work together to form the whole. The whole you.
In this article we will reference sites for you to further unpack the healthy habits in more detail. If you are a member of our subscription page, you will notice that many of these references are found in our courses and articles (in particular our course entitled “Intuitive Living 28-Day Experience”) because we believe strongly in the application of continuing information and education.
Ten Habits of Exceptionally Healthy People…….
1. They make health a priority in their life
There is a reason that this is number one. Healthy people aren’t just born that way–they make the choice to live a healthy lifestyle one day at a time. As healthy people, we will slip up and revert to bad habits from time to time. But, healthy people know not to let one setback hold them down, and that a healthy lifestyle is a daily choice.
2. They don’t believe in dieting, but rather mindful eating
In our article on Mindful Eating (found in the Nutrition section of the basic subscription and also in our Course “Intuitive Living 28-Day Experience”), we learned that mindfulness has been associated with a multitude of beneficial health outcomes and improvements in cognition both in clinical and non-clinical populations. Interventions like mindful eating may bring about better management of emotions, reduce compulsive behaviors and stress, assist in weight loss, ease digestion, help with disordered eating and promote behavioral flexibility.
Unpack more by reading: 6 Ways to Practice Mindful Eating
3. They surround themselves with happy and healthy people
Happiness and health are and always will be cherished, yet elusive. We search, but often end up disappointed. Happiness and health aren’t just given to us, nor do you need permission to get them. They are for anyone, once they realize they can be developed on a daily basis through intentional actions and choices made. We are the sum of our network. If we are surrounded by negative people, then we have a higher likelihood of adopting that outlook on the world, which can affect our health and happiness. Emotionally healthy people strive to have a team of support and inspiration, rather than a team of discontent and limiting beliefs.
Unpack this more by reading: The 8 Healthy Habits of Happy People
4. They don’t make excuses
What we often don’t realize is that making excuses is detrimental to our mental and physical health. Excuses become our reality. We find ourselves constantly layering more excuses to get out of the one we have just made. Making excuses begins to dictate our lives. Why isn’t it good for our health? Because it begins to weigh us down. We lose our sense of self as we are unable to take responsibility for our own behaviors. When we keep making excuses, we lose trust in ourselves and others. It keeps us on edge and irritable. We are forever second-guessing ourselves! When we stop making excuses, we feel so much lighter and in control of our life. There will be a spring in your step as you now know that you have the confidence and courage to no longer keep making excuses. You will begin to recognize your excuses and stop yourself from making them. Your relationships and friendships will improve as there is honesty and openness again. And above all, you will love and trust yourself again.
5. They get plenty of sleep
Research shows short sleep (less than 7 hours/night) affects weight loss and body composition by dis-regulating hunger and satiation hormones, compromising impulse control centers in the brain, increasing high calorie food consumption, decreasing feelings of satisfaction after eating, and preventing fat loss with an increase in lean mass loss on calorie deficit plans. Sleep plays a very important role in good health and well-being throughout our lives. Getting enough quality sleep on a consistent and regular schedule will help protect our mental, physical and emotional health. Unpack this more by reading: Diet and Its Effect on Sleep
6. They eat healthy snacks
Even though snacking has developed a bad image, snacks can be an important part of your nutrition plan. They can provide energy in the middle of the day or when you exercise. A healthy snack between meals can also decrease your hunger and keep you from overeating at meal time. There are many snacks to choose from and certainly not all snacks are healthy or help you manage your weight. Try to limit the unhealthy snacks you bring into the house. If they are not available, you will not be able to snack mindlessly.
7. They balance work and play, including quiet time and meditation
We’re not designed to sit in front of a screen all day. It’s killing us. Health and happiness are directly linked to physical activity. Balancing work and play can be difficult, but necessary. If you feel trapped, work yourself out of the situation, or it will be the death of you! Outside activities are just as important as actual work. While playing may be considered unproductive, it’s productive for your mind and body. This is an intriguing quote from Dalai Lama: “We sacrifice our health in order to make money. Then sacrifice money to recuperate our health. And then we’re so anxious about the future that we do not enjoy the present; the result being that we do not live in the present or the future, we live as if we are never going to die, and then we die having never really lived.”
8. They drink lots of water
The advice found that makes the most sense is, at a bare minimum, and if you are not very active, aim for half your current body weight in ounces daily as a starting point. A good rule of thumb is an extra 32 ounces for every hour of exercise/activity. If you rarely feel thirsty and produce 1.5 liters of colorless or light amber urine a day, your fluid intake is probably adequate. The biggest key is being consistent with the amount of water you take in daily. Our bodies are constantly trying to find “equilibrium”. If you get very consistent with water intake over time you will be able to tell if you need more water to function optimally.
9. They practice mindfulness in their emotions and nature
Nature serves as a refuge to inspire, reflect and heal. Studies reveal that being in nature has a powerful positive effect on our mind, body and spirit. The statistics on the health benefits are remarkable, for adults and children, and in many ways not surprising. Outdoor activities increase physical fitness and cognitive function, raise levels of Vitamin D, elevate mood, and improve vision. Strive to be active outdoors for 30 minutes daily–the options are nearly endless. “Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”–John Muir
10. They treat others with love, kindness, and respect and practice gratitude
Unpack more gratitude by watching this short YouTube video: