Thursday, January 24, 2013

7 Healthy Habits for 2013

I thought about doing a whole series of blog posts on 7 things in 2013. I don't know if I'll follow through after this one, but I had this list written up already, so... Why 7? Oh, it's a nice, round number, don't you think? :-)

Yep, I'm a nerd.

7 Healthy Habits

1. Drink your water!! Tips on why, tips on making it tasty and pretty.

2. Get some exercise!! One of those super-common New Year's resolutions, but seriously, any movement is good movement. To give you some ideas, Audrey posted her workout schedule idea, Lauren (don't tell her I'm telling you this, but you can help us keep her accountable...) is going to the gym regularly and has started the Couch to 5K program that I used last spring! I'm so darn proud of her! Amber is...growing a baby and is about to have some serious exercise in the form of labor... :-) And I do Zumba twice a week and running once or twice a week. Find a video, a class, an easy workout on Pinterest, a walking buddy, whatever! Just do it!

3. Get creative!! Audrey has written before about how important it is to incorporate creativity in your life. Lauren shared with us how much she loves playing the piano and that she's made it one of her goals to practice and play for fun every day. I always get a little burned out after all the Christmas creativity, but I feel like I'm ready to jump back in, and lately I've been exercising my creativity in the kitchen with cooking new stuff. Whether it's scrapbooking, home decor, sewing, cooking, music, or putting together outfits, find time to exercise that part of your brain and enjoy yourself!

4. Do your routines!! We've blogged before about how much easier life is when you have cleaning routines in place, and we've even showed you lots of ways to get started and how to make it easier and why it's important for your kids to help. But it's not just about cleaning! Having routines in place for getting everyone ready to leave the house, getting meals on the table, even blogging, make things run so much more smoothly.

5. Practice love!! I'm not just talking about marital sex, though that's incredibly important as well. I'm talking about practicing love in the wider sense of making an effort to move out of yourself to show others they are important, that they mean something to you, and that you, well, love them! Do this with your kids, your spouse, your friends, your family, and other members of the community and beyond. There are plenty of ideas out there. It's good for you and it's good for the world (and it's a command from God in the form of the second greatest commandment.

6. Smile!! Amber blogged about this last year, and it is still so applicable!!

7. Connect with God!! This isn't the least important, but it's another one that is frequently on the resolution lists of many Christians and other religious people. Now whether the terms "daily devotion" or "quiet time" are ones you gravitate to or away from, most experienced Christians will agree that making an effort at connecting daily with God through prayer and Bible reading is an important part of both Christian growth and daily focus. It can be as simple as reading a few verses and speaking your heart to God, or it can be as involved as singing hymns, praying through the prayer request list from your church bulletin, reading through the Bible in a year, all at a specifically scheduled time in the day. Go with what works for you and your relationship with God in this season of your life. He blesses the effort.

Okay! I know these probably seems a bit broken-record-ish, but I'm a firm believer in positive reinforcement, and reminding myself what I should be doing. I guess you could say these are my New Year's goals I said I'd think about! :-)

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