Simplify active living to make it a lifelong sustainable lifestyle.
Not too long ago I was the queen of making things complicated which meant unsustainable. Too short term doable.
No longer does the queen reign supreme. I’ve simplified. I trust what I know. I keep it simple and sustainable.
I don’t expect perfection, but I do expect a life lived with intention.
How have I simplified? At first glance it may seem like a lot, not so simple. But, in the grand scheme of things [and if you knew how complicated I used to make things] the philosophy of active living is quite simple. There’s a whole lot of “stuff” I added in, at one time or another, that really wasn’t necessary.
One final note, how I started living an active lifestyle was, and continues to be, inspired by Lorna Jane Active and the daily intention to Move Nourish Believe.
So, how have I simplified active living?
Menu Planning. Weekly menu planning makes life so much easier especially during the work week.
Sleep. Everything seems easier and less stressful with a good night’s sleep.
Stick to the Basics. Eating a healthy diet doesn’t have to be complicated. Generally speaking, a protein, healthy source of fat, and vegetables make a meal and there are thousands of combinations. Training/exercising doesn’t have to be complicated either. Being active is really quite simple.Know your body and find the things you love to do.
Maximize the time you have. It’s not all or nothing. If you only have time to run 3 miles instead of your planned 6, then run 3 miles. If you only have 25 minutes to spare in your day do a high intensity low duration HIIT or circuit training. 4 miles is better than none and 25 minutes moving is better than 0.
Know your values and priorities. Decide what is most important to you and align your life based on those things/people.
Limit Negative Relationships. Removing toxic people from your life as much as possible can help you create a healthier more stress free life.
Be present. Who knew just 2 simple words could have such a big impact on living a healthy life? Living here and now, in the moment, keeps you aware and appreciative of life, of what is going on around you and within you.
Establish routines. A key to keeping your life simple is to create simple routines. I have a morning routine that happens, almost without fail, every single day. It’s a calming, positive start to my day.
Make a short list of daily intentions. Every morning I set 3 specific intentions to Move Nourish and Believe. It’s not a long list. Just 3 things that can be accomplished during the day. 3 things that are important to you.
Learn to destress. Life is filled with stress. Maybe it’s inevitable. Since it’s not always preventable limit the negative affects by teaching ourselves to decompress. Stress. Decompress. Move on.
Get outside as often as possible. A breath of fresh air clears the mind and rejuvenates your body.
Does it seem too complicated? What would you add to the list to make active living a sustainable part of everyday life?
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