The new year gives us a fresh start, a chance to evaluate the year behind us, take the lessons, and craft a vision for the year ahead.
In terms of our health and fitness, it is also an opportunity to begin the work of letting go
of habits that no longer serve us and creating new ones that will move us toward the
vision we have of our fittest selves, living our healthiest lives.
The 5 Factors of Health
There are 5 areas worth looking at to make a plan for our healthiest year yet. Let’s use the next five week to look at each one and take stock
of where things are, define what we have control over in terms of
changing it, and make a plan of attack.
Breaking bad habits and creating healthy new ones
starts one small step at a time, and with brutal honesty about how we sabotage ourselves.
The 5 Factors :
The 5 Factors of Health: SLEEP
GOAL: Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night
Arguably the most important influencer on our health is the amount of sleep we get. Less than 7
hours a night increases risk of cancer, early death, dementia and cognitive decline, and other
chronic diseases. Busy is not an excuse. It might make it harder to prioritize time in our day for
sleep, but it doesn’t make it impossible.
1. How many hours, on average, of sleep do you get every night?
2. Below are all things within your control that can be used to help you reach the optimal health sleep goal:
Go to bed at a consistent time
Sleep in a dark and quiet room
Make sure your bed & bedding is as comfortable as possible
If you are a clock watcher, hide the clock
Silence your cell phone notifications until morning
Establish a soothing pre-sleep routine
Do not watch TV or look at other screens while in bed.
Listen to relaxing music or guided meditation to help fall asleep
Avoid caffeine after lunchtime and alcohol at night (which may help you fall asleep
but destroys the quality of your sleep)
3. Let’s figure out your optimal bed time:
What time do you have to get out of bed in the morning to make your day work?
Including 15 minutes to wind down/read/get settled, what time do you need to be in bed to be able to get up at that time and still get 7 hours of sleep?
4. Which of the habits above are you willing to try to work on to improve your sleep?
LEARN MORE: Read ” The Sleep Revolution” by Ariana Huffington
Use this week to consider your sleep habits and develop actions steps for getting sleep in both quantity and quality that supports your overall health!
Next week, we’ll look at the 2nd factor of health:
(If you want help with this one early, consider joining our 4-week nutrition challenge that begins on January 13! Get more info
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The concept of the 5 Factors of Health was coined by Ben Bergeron.
This PDF was created as a self evaluation and goal setting tool by Rachael
O’Donnell LCSW, LADC, CrossFit level 2 Trainer, and Pn1 Nutrition Coach.