What does it mean to raise your quality of life? For some, it’s all about possessions, having expensive things and where you live. For others, quality are things that are more intangible, like good health, mental well being and personal freedom. It means many things to different people, but one thing is certain, staying healthy is often at the core. You can’t control every aspect of health, but you can do many things that improve it and stay healthier.
Sure, you do only go around once, but that doesn’t mean you should eat cake and ice cream for every meal. Treating your body with the respect you deserve is important and it all starts in the kitchen. Unless you have a laundry list of foods you hate, most people find that eating healthy is not only easy, but also satisfying. Best of all, healthy food tastes good and makes you feel good. You can even make healthy eating an adventure by trying new recipes, even ones that have ingredients you don’t like. Savor the flavor of every bite and eat mindfully.
Feel how great it is to be the master of your own body.
Exercise is more than just getting your body into shape, it’s feeling every muscle move as you mentally command it. It’s enjoying the challenge of each workout and the feeling of success when you succeed. I had a client who was a dancer. She used to describe the joy she felt when her body moved to music and she felt every muscle obey. Workout regularly and enjoy every minute of it or one day, you won’t be able to do that. The body is a miracle and capable of so much more than most people realize.
Start each day with a feeling of gratitude.
If your attitude is gratitude, your life will be happy. Staying healthy is both physical and mental. If you think you’re sick and unable to control your life or make the changes you need to make, you simply can’t. We also tend to see more of what we focus on, so if you’re grateful you’re focusing on what you have, not what you lack. By doing that, you’ll be amazed at how the quality of your life improves.
- Improve your quality of life by helping someone else. It doesn’t have to take a long time or cost anything. It might be as simple as complimenting someone or helping them carry groceries into their home. Focusing on helping others brings a higher quality of life for you.
- Wear a smile and improve your quality of life. Try it now, smile. If it feels fake, picture you’re smiling at a pet or a favorite person. Not do it throughout the day. Add laughter for more benefit.
- Treat yourself nicer. Whether it’s taking time to treat yourself to a day at the spa or something as simple as getting adequate sleep, you deserve better treatment.
- Eliminate a bad habit, like smoking or excess alcohol, and replace it with a healthy habit, like learning something new every day, or coming to 180 Fitness for a life-changing program.