Do your health vision and goals stay in the rear-view mirror when you leave home in search of some rest and relaxation? It’s easy to step away from our healthy habits when traveling. Our routines get disrupted, leading us to feel out of control. And once we've had a little too much __(insert tempting food and beverage here) __ or stopped exercising, it may be tempting to let other habits … [Read more...] about Step 7: Pack Healthy Habits for Traveling
Often we take a tunnel-vision approach to our health, thinking "if I just exercised more ..." or "if I just ate better ..." But humans are multi-faceted, and so is our health. Our lives involve more than just moving and eating. The Wheel of Health, a tool developed by Duke Integrative Medicine, helps us consider our whole selves and see how weakness in one area can lead to some wobbliness in … [Read more...] about Step 5: Explore the Wheel of Health
Once you've determined your health vision and set some goals around it, it's time to set yourself up for success. Yesterday's step focused on creating a healthy-living "echo chamber" to help keep our minds focused on healthy habits. Next step: Pay attention to how our home and work spaces serve us. I've found that we must prep our environment so that it supports our efforts. So what's … [Read more...] about Step 3: Prep Your Environment for Success
If you've got a soda habit you can't kick, try crowding it out. It can feel overwhelming, depressing, and impossible to think about giving up your favorite soft drink altogether. So start with a smaller change. Add different, healthier beverages to your routine. And find some new-to-you beverages that nourish your body, leave you feeling better, and reduce the number of times you reach for the … [Read more...] about Got a Soda Habit You Can’t Kick?
When I think about what health coaching did for me as a client, I look around my home in amazement, and with a sense of peace. I had been stuck for a long time in one particular area of my life. But I never considered how it might be affecting my health, because it wasn't in an obvious "health" area such as nutrition or exercise. When I enrolled in the professional health coach training … [Read more...] about What Health Coaching Did for Me
When starting or staying true to a healthier lifestyle, one must have deal breakers. Right? Boundaries. Lines that cannot be crossed, at least not often. Perhaps you've set out to change the way you eat or decided to get more exercise. Maybe you're swearing off fast food. Or you're planning to take 10,000 steps per day. Or you aim to get 7+ hours of sleep each night. How strong is … [Read more...] about What Are Your Deal Breakers for a Healthy Lifestyle?