Make a List and Check it Twice

A couple of weeks ago, I read a blog post written by personal trainer Harley Pasternak about what he calls his health checklist.  For those of you who don’t know who he is, Harley Pasternak is a Los Angeles-based personal trainer to the rich and famous (of which I am neither, which is why I get his training advice from a blog and not from the man himself).  In addition to his own blog, he also writes one for People Magazine Online.  Harley also happens to be Canadian, so that’s certainly a plus in his favour (I mean come on, if you can’t trust a Canadian…).

Image courtesy of Rawich / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Rawich / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

On March 6, his People Magazine blog discussed his use of a health checklist.  Everyday he asks himself a series of questions to gauge how on track he is with his health.  Here is Harley’s checklist:

Did I move enough today?
Did I eat five healthy meals and snacks?
Did I do some form of resistance exercise?
Did I get my best sleep?
Did I act to manage my stress?

I really think this is a great idea.  Lately I have really been trying to embrace the concept of being mindful.  Living in the present and being conscious of what’s going on with me right now, rather than worrying about the future or fretting about the past.

I decided to come up with my own checklist, and though it is similar to Harley’s, I added in a couple of other items to make it my own:

Did I move enough today?
Did I eat five healthy meals and snacks today?
Did I drink enough water today? (I’m awful about drinking enough water, so this one is important for me)
Did I get my best sleep?
Did I act to manage my stress?
Did I do something to exercise my brain?

I added in that last one because I think it’s important to do a little something everyday to exercise the mind, as well the body.  I think that’s part of good health as well.

So, what’s on your checklist?  What should you do or do you need to do everyday to optimize your own health?  Share your ideas in the comments section and let’s make our health a daily priority!

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