My whole life is just a series of healthy habits…where do I start! I’ll break it into three categories: eating, exercise and personal.
My healthy eating habits
Other than eating too much sugar (which is the devil these days apparently), I have fairly healthy eating habits. I typically eat 5-6 times a day, and smallish amounts. My daily intake goes something like:
- Breakfast: Cup of sultana bran, 1/2 cup milk, coffee
- Morning tea: Oaty slice, coffee
- Lunch: Chicken and rice or salad or sandwich, fruit
- Afternoon tea: cereal bar
- Pre-gym: Protein shake
- Post gym: Toast or cereal or sandwich or salad or something random that I feel like eating
I’ve been eating like this so long I can’t even remember how I did it any differently.
My healthy exercise habits
Exercise is a cornerstone of my healthy life. In 2002 when I changed my life by beginning to lose weight, regular exercise was key. It wasn’t just about weight-loss – exercise makes me feel happy and healthy and strong.
When I started playing roller derby and was training 3 x 2 hours a week, I had to give up a lot of the other kinds of exercise I was doing, and it made me feel unhappy and I gained weight. I’ve learned that what’s best for my body is regular exercise and lots of cardio. So I exercise a lot – but aim for variety. At the moment, my typical weekly exercise is something like:
- Monday: 30 min run or 45 min cross training class + 60 mins yoga
- Tuesday: Game of ice hockey
- Wednesday: 30 min run + 60 mins yoga
- Thursday: 50 min spin class
- Friday: 45 mins yoga
- Saturday: 30 min run + 60 mins yoga
- Sunday: 30 min cross training class + 30 min strength class
Sometimes I will miss one of these out if I’m tired or if I’ve had a busy week, but I have built a life around doing at least 30 minutes of exercise everyday. It truly is a habit now – I feel weird not doing it.
My healthy wellbeing habits
This is all about taking care of my psychological health. Here are the things that I specifically do to ensure that I’m happy on the inside:
- I practice daily mindfulness each morning – taking 10 minutes or so for reflection on the day ahead, which helps me to manage my emotional health
- I am purposeful about how I spend my free time and who I spend it with: I spend time with people I care about and make specific time for my relationship with my husband
- I aim to get eight hours sleep a night
- I have regular massages – I can’t emphasise enough how important this has been to my stress management and general sense of wellbeing
- I try to pause when I am agitated and figure out why I am upset and what I need to do to resolve it
- I actively take time to enjoy moments – warm sun on my face, a good cup of coffee, a comfy chair, literally smelling roses when I get the chance