7 Habits All Healthy People Have in Common

My years as a physical therapist specializing in helping older adults age well have given me insight into the daily habits all healthy people have in common (and all the habits unhealthy people have in common, but that’s a story for another day).

The reality is, their habits have more to do with their mindset than any specific approach they take to their health.

I’ve seen healthy people who lift, run, or have no formal movement practice. Some are yogis and some swear by Tai Chi. Some are vegetarians while others are keto or low carb.

So if the answer to health doesn’t lie in a specific approach, then where can you find it?

It’s all about the ways in which you view the world and what you have control over. Health stems from a mindset.

Here are the 7 habits all healthy people have in common:

1. They embrace discomfort

"The less convenient, the more it pays." -Seth Godin

You can’t be healthy unless you’re willing to experience discomfort....

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3 Principles of Healthy Aging with Better Mobility

 

How much time do you spend thinking about how you move throughout the day? If you're not getting the health results you want as you age, your movement is likely a huge factor! 

Movement really comes down to a matter of convenience. Today, moving more to accomplish daily tasks is viewed as an inconvenience.

We now have access to devices serving the sole purpose of making our lives easier, from electronic kitchen appliances, to phones, to vehicles. These devices externalize the work of our muscles, effectively outsourcing the work of our body. And we tend to rely more and more on these devices as we age. 

“Upgrading” our products results in doing less work throughout the day. This is promoted by advertisers as a sign of status, progress, and luxury. A device that results in less work is the ultimate end goal and this message is thrown at us from every direction.

However, these "conveniences" come with a major downside...

Humans were intended to move. Our movement...

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