Some of you may not know this, but last week I spent five days in a hospital bed, and recovery since then has been…interesting. I don’t say this to gain sympathy or whatever, but rather because I want you to know where I am at in my life and how I am doing. That being said, I haven’t been doing well. I hate the medication they have me on, but before I complain your ears off, let’s get to the point of this post.
One thing that this experience has taught me is how important it is to take care of your body on a basic, fundamental level. I have always been a healthy individual, but my normal routes of exercise aren’t available to me right now. So, today I’m going to share with you how I am resetting my health to get back to where I was at!
I want to start on the right foot without pushing myself too hard, so this post is great for you if you’re just getting started, or you want to go back to the basics, too!
1. Drink LOTS of water
My first goal was to drink, drink and drink! Water is so great for you because your body is 70% water and it uses water for the most basic functions like metabolism and nutrient transportation. Water also helps cleanse your body of toxins and can help regulate your digestion. I could go on and on about the effects, but you get it. YOU NEED MORE WATER.
Just how much? There is varying research for how much water an individual should be drinking a day. Conventional wisdom says 8-8oz glasses of water a day (64oz total). Those in the fitness industry suggest a gallon of water per day is essential for athletes (128oz). Others say you should drink your body weight in ounces of water (I weigh ~123lbs so I should drink 123oz of water a day.) Therefore, I try to stick myself anywhere between those three numbers, with my goal of drinking at least 64oz of water total in a day, and my goal to be towards the higher, 128oz.
Let’s be real, it can be hard to get that much water in a day so I just stick to drinking when I’m thirsty, and having water with every meal. If you go out to eat, ask for a water instead of a soda pop or lemonade! It seriously makes all the difference. My final tip is to carry a water bottle with you. I put a carabiner on mine so that it can come literally anywhere. It holds 21oz of water, so I know I need to drink at least 3-6 a day. This helps me keep track and stay motivated throughout the day!
2. Eat whole foods
I woke up yesterday morning after a few weeks of eating out more often than I should have simply for the convenience of it, craving whole foods. Really all I wanted was a fruit smoothie with my greens powder in it. So, I listened to my body and that’s what I had for breakfast!
My tip to eating more whole foods is to shop on the outside of your grocery store. Usually, the produce, nuts, and meat are all along the perimeter of every store, so the more you stick to those aisles to get your food, the more whole you eat. Basically, if it comes from the ground or a tree (or an animal if you’re not vegan/veg) then you’re safe.
Get stuff that isn’t prepackaged, like bulk beans instead of canned ones. That way, you can cook them yourself and be sure there aren’t any added preservatives.
3. Re-examine your goals
After I came back from my vacation-hospital-vacation saga, I took a good, long look at my goals. I realized the healthy things I was chasing after before weren’t really for me anymore. They weren’t going to work for this reset.
So, I sat down and really thought. I envisioned my life and dared ask what my best self would look like. What activities would I be doing? What skills would I have accomplished? Where would I be most successful? What do I hope people say about me when I’m not around?
I asked these questions in reference to fitness, career, relationships, and life in general. I decided I wanted to get outside more. Hiking is something that I enjoy, and I want to incorporate it more into my life.
4. Get moving
For the first week after my hospitalization, I wasn’t allowed to do any intensive exercise. My boyfriend and I decided that we would go on walks every day during the time of the sunset so that I could still keep my body moving. Honestly, it has been a game changer for me!
10,000 steps a day turned out to be somewhat of an arbitrary number, but it’s on everyone’s fitness watches. I set a goal to hit those 10,000 steps because I have a sedentary job, but I wanted to stay healthy.
The results have been incredible for me so whether you decide to go on a walk, run or lift, get your body moving!
P.S. I am in a group coaching program called the #chasingfreedom movement led by a fantastic trainer, Tanner Hobbs. Every morning, she encourages us to get out #morningmovement in, and I find that to be a great time to get a walk in! Find what works for you.
I hope this post has helped you find some ways to reset your health! Do you have any tips you use? Comment them below!