A key component of your health and fitness journey is consistency. If you consistently do something – within the context of health and wellbeing – you’ll reap the benefits over time. And this month, I would like to talk about another key component: Your non-negotiables.
I think when it comes to health it is really important to be clear about what must happen in order for you to remain fit, healthy and have a good sense of wellbeing. For that reason, I have got four non-negotiables that I have set that must happen each day.
The Non-Negotiable Challenge
Before I talk about my own non-negotiables, my challenge to you is to think about what yours might be. The key takeaway from month’ tip is for you to take some time today, just five minutes, to think about what they are.
It might be that you just have one and that is absolutely fine. One rock solid non-negotiable that keeps you on a relatively even keel.
I recommend having not more than three or four. I have four, but then I have been nearly a decade in this industry and it’s kind of what I’m about. Start small and build up, as with all of wellbeing consistency is key.
Here are my health and wellbeing non-negotiables that must happen every day:
- Daily meditation, five or ten minutes, but must happen daily
- Vegetables on at least two of the three meals that I have a day
- My sleep must start with a seven, so seven hours and a minute, great, seven hours and 59 minutes, amazing. For those of you thinking yeah right! There are loads of ways you can increase your time in bed as well as your sleep quality.
- And then the last one is a minimum step count of 10,000 steps. Now that is a relatively arbitrary number, which we all tend to think about 10,000 steps being the goal, but it is a decent amount of movement. It is very approximately five miles of walking or traversing.
These are my four non-negotiables for health and wellbeing. There are lots of other things that on good days, I want to try and get done, but these are my non-negotiables. I know that if those things happen, then the day is going to be easier. I am going to be more resilient. My immune health has been bolstered. My fitness has been given a boost or at least maintenance. My wellbeing generally is going to be okay.
What are your non-negotiables or what is your non-negotiable? And be very, very clear on that. Build it in so that it happens organically, and then you can add from there. Please let us know what yours are, we’d love to have you share them with us!
That is this month’ simple wellbeing tip, all the very best, stay healthy and good luck.