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Health Habits Check Up

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Health Habits Check Up
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Most of us have set goals to take care of our bodies and our well being.  Take a moment today to see how you have been doing lately.

Ask yourself the questions below.  If a question represents one of the things you have wanted to work on but haven’t been taking action, look below the question to find a simple suggestion that you can implement today to get on the right track.

  1. Do you get at least 6-7 hours of sleep each night?
    • Start going to bed 30 minutes earlier every night.  If you don’t have a bed time, set one immediately, at least 30 minutes earlier than when you usually go to sleep.  Give your body the rest it requires!
  2. Are you being consistent with good eating habits?
    • Pick one day per week (for example, Monday) to be your “healthy” eating day.  Don’t worry about extensive menu planning, you can eat the same healthy meals every Monday, if necessary.  Once this becomes a habit, add a second day with different healthy options.  Get started!
  3. Do you spend time in prayer and Bible reading every day?
    • Before you check your email or social media in the morning, check your Bible reading app.  There are several free ones if you don’t have one already.  Conclude your Bible reading with prayer.  Begin with 5 minutes per day if you have to, but begin today.
  4. Are you drinking at least 6 glasses of water each day?
    • Put fresh water in your room each night (bottled or in a pitcher) and have some before you leave your room in the morning.
  5. Are you flossing daily and rinsing with a mouthwash to prevent buildup of plaque and gingivitis?
    • Studies show that our dental health influences our overall health.  Leave the floss packaging out on your bathroom counter at all times (or  attach it to something you have to use in the morning) until you have remembered to floss and rinse every day for at least one month.
  6. Are you exercising a few times per week?
    • After dinner, go for a walk for 5 minutes (or 10 minutes, or 3 minutes) everyday.  You can walk inside your house, around your house, down the street, or somewhere else.  This is just to help you begin your new habit to exercise a few times per week, feel free to replace it with other things as permitted by your fitness level when you are ready.  Until then, let’s walk for a few minutes!

Are there other things that your doctor has advised, or that you know you should do to take better care of yourself?  Try to find some small step you can take today that will help you work towards achieving your goals consistently.  If you can’t do it all at once, taking small steps towards your goal everyday, should help you begin to make the changes you are seeking.

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