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April fool’s day- time for a health tune up!

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Welcome April 1, 2014! Today brings a new opportunity for trading bad habits collected over a cold and dreary winter season and to start including some new healthier ones. My first recommendation is to stop all the social media for a few minutes and make a list on paper of what brings you joy and what you dread. Here is my list and I invite you to check it out so that maybe it will inspire you to create one of your own.

Here is the dreadful:

1) Clutter- I have piles of newspapers and mail of all kinds that require my attention and I have not dedicated time to sort. Nor do I have a great system for storage as we transition to a paperless world.

2) Kitchen cupboards- Over the winter as I have tried to use food to raise my mood during the cold weather and I am now left with a plethora of items half eaten-again more clutter

3) No motivation to exercise-I have resorted to using my elliptical during the bad weather as I have not felt like driving in the cold weather to the gym and I do not like to run outside in temperatures below 60 degrees

Wow, I am depressed just reading this. How can I fix this? Read below for some good suggestions:

1) Look at your day and find 15 minutes of dedicated clutter clean up time, such as throw out the junk mail as you look at it, or make time to switch to paperless billing and autopay; it really cuts down on mail and the stress.

2) Twice a year at the Jewish holiday time of Rosh Hashanah and Passover, a complete clean out of the kitchen cupboards and refrigerator takes place. This coincides with a fall and spring clean out and it gives me an opportunity to check usage dates and labels to throw out expired food.

3) Exercise motivation-this one is really hard. I tell my patients/clients that you have to treat exercise like a pill that has to be taken every day. You just have to do it. There are no prizes or incentives or bonuses no matter how many articles you read on the internet. Your reward is being able to get out of a chair on your own at 80 or 90 years old. To walk down the hall without a walker or climb a set of stairs so that you can stay in your own room in your own home. That’s it. That’s the prize no matter how cool you think you are running marathons or showing off six packs. You, too, if you are lucky, are going to get old, it is just a matter of how.

OK, I just depressed myself again, but look, here is the good news and this is easy and it’s free! No buying meals, no bullet smoothie makers, and no “kill yourself in 30 minute” workouts, just some common sense advice for us all and if you want to relax with a good book and a cup of tea so much the better.

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