Are you in Mint top condition for your life?

In 2016 in total 56.9 million people died around the world.

15.2 million due to cardiac and stroke, that’s 54% of the worlds population died because of heart and stroke problems.

The other top 10 killers are pulmonary, respiratory, dementias, cancers, diabetes, TB and road injury.

Do these fact frighten you? It's never been more important to take care of ourselves.

What healthy habits would you think about:-

Eating right - don't eat so you can look good in your jeans, but eat the right food that is going to give you energy, boost your immune system and helps your cardiovascular health. If you have children, they learn from you, you're taking care of the next generation. Remember researchers found that children who participate in gardening and cooking at home are more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Exercise -this is the one that I personally find the hardest. I've now discovered slo mo fitness. It's a 30 minute class where you do weight bearing exercises for 2 minutes at a time. It sounds easy, but it's harder than you think. I've been doing it for 2 years now, and whilst I don't love it, I do enjoy it. I like the people in my group, we all complain together and laugh about it. And that is the key, find a fitness habit that you like and enjoy and then fit it around other routines you already have. I go to the class before I go to Slimming World class. In my head they both go together.

I like walking, my intention is to walk 10K steps every day. I average 7,000 which is fine by me. I've now discovered Audible and listen to audiobooks as I'm walking to the store. I've given up my car and now I've given up the bus and walk to things instead.

Social connection are so important to our keeping us healthy. Joining a club, volunteering, being part of a community helps improve our moods and keeps us mentally active. Spend time with family, friends, loved ones and stay connected. I volunteer my time first thing in the morning, I love the fact that I give back before I do anything else.

Don’t be a stranger to your doctor, get yourself checked out regularly. I have a yearly check-up. I check my breathing levels for my asthma, a full blood count test, checking my iron levels, my cholesterol, but also I ask them to check my TSH for my thyroid (I've had problems in the past) and my FSH levels for menopause. I'm proactive about my health, and a visit to my doctor regularly ensures that I found out about any problems early. Don't wait to visit him when you're sick, it's then too late.

Sleep routine, are you committed to your sleep? What routine do you have in place? My sleep routine starts with when I need to wake up, like 6am, so I need a good 8 hours, therefore I need to be asleep by 10pm. My bedtime routine starts at 9pm, so I'm in bed, ready to sleep by 10. As the saying goes if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Without a doubt, sleep is the most underrated tool of we have for good health and great resilience.

In The Space Hoppers with Liz we're exploring being in mint condition, if you're interested, then why not join us.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. If this post has made you think and you would like to make a change, then contact me and we can have a free 30-minute chat about how I can help you.

About the Author Elizabeth Pickering is a Resilience coach, who helps people find success, focus and balance in their life. I take them from feeling overworked, overwhelmed, stuck and stressed to feeling energised, empowered and falling in love with life again.Working with sole traders, business owners and entrepreneurs, I keep them on track towards their goals, giving them energy, focus, motivation and the freedom to enjoy their life.


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