We all know that without a consistent batter we won’t be able to bake a deliciously light, fluffy and moist cake… Or if our cement isn’t consistent we’ll find ourselves with a lumpy driveway, or uneven tiling… But did you know we need to try to be consistent in different aspects of life to truly live our healthiest, happiest, most active and enjoyable lives?
Here are three areas where I believe Consistency is key to a more proactive, productive and satisfying life…
It’s recommended we get at least eight hours of sleep a night, and establishing a regular sleep pattern can do the world of wonders for our overall health.
Studies show people who sleep less than seven to eight hours a night are at far greater risk of chronic illnesses like obesity, heart disease or stroke.
Trying to fall asleep and wake up at the same time every day can help reduce inflammation, while boosting immunity and mood, and enhancing performance.
Studies show sleep improves speed, accuracy, and reaction times, while a lack of sleep has been linked to poor exercise performance and functional limitations, like slower walking, lower grip strength, and greater difficulty performing independent activities.
After implementing a consistent sleep pattern, we should have much more energy to use on a consistent exercise program.
Regular exercise provides a myriad of health benefits that can lead to a longer, and more fulfilling life.
Including cardiovascular exercise in your program will strengthen your airways, lungs, heart and vascular system, lowering blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.
Strength training will improve bone density, while increasing muscle strength and stability. This will not only lower the risk of osteoporosis, but also falls leading to broken bones.
And all the exercise will improve your metabolism, which encourages efficient elimination of waste, and digestive health.
An improved metabolism will encourage you to eat better.
Studies show exercise helps enhance your brain’s resources for executive functions like inhibitory control, making it easier for you to resist unhealthy food.
Eating a wide variety of good fats, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy, while consuming plenty of water will keep you energised, regular and in good shape.
(You can read more on healthy eating in our blog about basic nutrition HERE )
Don’t forget to treat yourself every now and again to avoid going mad… But a healthy diet will also improve your sleep, starting the cycle of my top three things that lead to a happier, healthier, more active and independent life.