Make a Better You

by Cathy Clements, Nutritionist & Life Coach, NASM CNC, CPT, FNS, WFS

There are a few common items we need to look at to make our bodies better: sleep, hydration, nutrition, movement or exercise, being kinder to ourselves and our mindset.

Sleep is very important, and statistically it is shown we all need somewhere between seven to nine hours. Keeping a schedule to go to bed and get up at the same times or near the same times is just as important.

Some might think it’s easier to get the sleep in during these shorter days, and it may be. But getting the sleep and still keeping a good schedule is what is important. Your body reacts better to all the stressors in life with a consistent schedule.

Hydration is important for better skin, better digestion and overall feeling better. Being hydrated is important for our internal organs and blood flow. When we have enough water in our bodies, we are able to perform better, think clearer and not overeat.

Good nutrition benefits our bodies. How many of us eat well all the time? Very few.

An 80/20 (nutritious/treats) rule works well to ensure that the majority of the time we are on track and eating a diet that benefits our bodies.

Regular physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Finding activities you enjoy can make exercise more sustainable. Whether it’s going to the gym, taking a walk, a hike or participating in a sport, incorporating movement into your routine is beneficial.

Cultivating a positive mindset involves self-compassion and mindfulness. Setting realistic goals, practicing gratitude and taking moments for self-reflection contribute to a healthier mental state.

It’s essential to be kind to oneself and prioritize mental well-being.

Remember, individual preferences and needs vary, so it’s crucial to find what works best for you personally. Small, sustainable changes over time often lead to more significant and lasting improvements in overall well-being. Simple affirmations each day can additionally help you throughout each day: I am thankful for my body, or, Healthy eating isn’t deprivation, it’s about abundance and nourishment.