Our small, daily habits add up to big impacts over time.
The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of chronic illnesses (heart disease, stroke, diabetes) and 40% of cancers are rooted in our lifestyle choices. It's our daily habits that have the biggest impact on our wellness. Being intentional with these key areas really matters over time:
Here are two real-life examples of planning ahead and environmental responses that have both positive and health impacts:
1. We planned an afternoon at an outdoor fair and expected there wouldn't be much in the way of healthy food offerings. Instead of leaving things to chance, we packed a small cooler with fruit, sparkling water and sandwiches. Not only did we save money, but we stayed focused on our healthy eating goals and enjoyed the fair in non-food ways.
On the opposite side ...
2. We walk into the office kitchen and spot a plate of cookies. Suddenly we can't resist them and are indulging because a colleague is celebrating a birthday. We put ourselves in a sugar coma and spiral out of control the rest of the day out of guilt and skip our planned evening trip to the gym.
My invitation to you:
Select one habit this week that you want to shift that will impact your wellness in a significant way. Make a specific plan and keep yourself accountable to it. Celebrate your progress and build upon it.
To your good health!
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