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How Can You Improve Your Physical Health In 2014?

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How Can You Improve Your Physical Health In 2014?

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Have you defined the actions you will take during 2014 to improve your physical health?

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In this and future newsletters, I will provide insights and tips on how you can improve in several elements of your life. If you haven’t done so, read my previous newsletters, in which I provided insights to strengthen your family relationships and accelerate your career progress this year.

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This month, I will continue with your physical health, an area that often ranks high on our priority list but which tends to be neglected in our hectic day-to-day lives. Time tends not to be on our side, so not doing anything usually translates into going backward in our health.

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Here are a few suggestions on how you can improve your health in 2014:

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1. Assume 100 percent accountability. As in every aspect of our lives, we have a choice to make: Maintain the status quo, or do something about it. The challenge most of us face is that maintaining the status quo can easily translate into gradually diminishing our physical capabilities. Even if we are doing several good things today, as we age, it gets harder to exercise and easier to overindulge in our eating. Likewise, our sleeping routines may also be affected as the years go by. My invitation to you is to take a contrarian view to your physical health: Why not aim for being healthier as we age? Why not commit to a continuous learning mode to educate ourselves on what will move our health in the right direction?

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2. Define specific areas for improvement. One approach is to look for the most recent set of data on your health: When was the last physical you took? How were your lab test results? What was your doctor’s advice? Regardless of the data sources, I suggest for 2014 you choose to improve in at least one of the three broad areas typically associated with physical health: food, exercise and sleep. Here is a summary of what has worked for me and can work for you. Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor, so please do not take this as professional health advice.

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  • Food: After reading and practicing several “diets’ over the years, I switched gears to learn more about the most important nutritional groups. I developed some basic, directional goals: less saturated fats, more unsaturated fats, more proteins from vegetables, more fiber, less sugar. This translated into less meat, more fruit and vegetables, and more whole grains, all within reasonable quantities.
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  • Exercise: It’s been over a decade since I have made running part of my life. It has helped me maintain a reasonable weight and has translated into higher energy levels to execute my different life priorities. I have developed the habit of running before breakfast, since I recognize that any other time of the day greatly increases the chances of skipping exercise.
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  • Sleeping: This tends to be an underrated element of health. Look into both the quantity and quality of your sleep. I had not paid enough attention to the latter, until I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea. I was prescribed breathing strips that have significantly reduced my snoring (my wife is much happier now) and improved the quality of my sleep.
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3. Commit to a plan. What is the one thing you will do differently during 2014 to improve your physical health? Don’t rush things, but make sure you identify at least one action that will get you moving in the right direction. It could be eating more vegetables, walking for 10 minutes every other day, or going to bed 30 minutes earlier. Whatever you choose, start now. If you are tempted to wait until later, go back and reread item number one above. As suggested in previous newsletters, start with baby steps versus making drastic life adjustments.

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In the next newsletter, I will share suggestions to enhance your mental capabilities in 2014. Stay tuned!

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I want to close this newsletter with a quote from Thomas Edison: “The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease.” As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.

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Percy M. Cannon\nAuthor, Business Consultant and Professional Coach\nwww.cannonbalance.com

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