Monday, January 9, 2012

Bob Greene's 4 Pillars of Living Your Best Life

Nutrition

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." -Michael Pollan

"Eat foods that spoil, before they do." -Nina Planck


Exercise

It's a cliche by now but if you really want to stick to exercise and see results, do something you enjoy.

For example, I've never loved spinning (stationary bike riding) or pilates- I gave both a try many times over the years but couldn't stick to it...because I didn't enjoy it that much.

When I discovered yoga, I not only enjoyed it but looked forward to doing it again. That's what you should look for. Try everything once but don't force it.

Skin Care

It's a little redundant to have skin care as a pillar since it should/could be under the other 3.

However, it is something everyone cares about and is simpler than you think. The key is consistency. If you have "normal" skin (dry sometimes, oily sometimes, a zit sometimes but overall not problematic)- here are the two keys:

1. sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) on your face every single day- winter, spring, summer, fall- rain or shine.

2. the other pillars! (drink filtered water throughout the day, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, get at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night)


Sleep

-always rinse face off before going to sleep

-at least 6-8 hours every night, even on weekends

-make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet (put your pets in another room if you have to)

-don't eat too close to bedtime- digestion is work and your body should be shutting off when you go to sleep for the night. Also, digestion uses gravity - your body can not digest food well while you are horizontal- that's why eating too close to bedtime leads to indigestion, acid reflux and heartburn.

-shut off TV and other electronics (especially cell phones) at least an hour before bed- the stimulation your brain gets from the bright screens will disrupt your sleep

-never use the snooze button- just confuses your body and makes you feel twice as groggy when you finally get up

-first thing out of bed- stretch, splash face with warm water, rinse out mouth, drink a tall glass of room temperature water with a squeeze of lemon (stimulates digestive system)

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