Developing a routine can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health. It helps create healthy habits, aids in coping with change, and allows us to feel more in control of our overall health and wellbeing. It also provides structure in how we live our lives and conduct our daily activities.
Since a routine is something that you do repeatedly, it eventually becomes a habit. This increases efficiency in our lives and enables us to do things without always consciously thinking about them. Here’s how a healthy routine can improve the following MacroHabits of Health, which can be referenced in Chapter 2 of Dr. A’s Habits of Health®:
Healthy Mind. A routine allows us to feel more in control and less stressed. Knowing that we’re preparing our evening meal at 6:00 p.m. and going to bed by 10:00 p.m. provides comfort and helps to eliminate uncertainty.
Healthy Eating & Hydration. A routine allows us to block off dedicated time for meal planning and eating. Try setting an alarm every two – three hours as a reminder to have a Fueling. Also dedicate some time on the weekends to plan your Lean & Green meals for the week ahead.
Healthy Motion. It can be difficult to fit healthy motion into our schedules when life gets busy. By having a routine, even if it’s only a couple of days a week, we can create time to incorporate NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) or EAT (Exercise Activity Thermogenesis).
Healthy Sleep. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day allows are bodies to get used to a regular sleep-wake cycle. It’s important to establish a regular sleep routine to feel well rested and to allow your body to recharge. Dedicate some time to winding down before getting in bed and aim to get between seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
Ask us, your Health Coaches, about other ways you can develop a routine as we head into the summer months!