7 non-negotiable health habits for modern humans

Personal Training in Ultimo - Enliven Fitness

Hey, it’s Michael here.

I wanted to take a moment to answer a question I’m regularly asked in the studio: what are the most important core habits for better health?

 

The non-negotiables? The imperatives? The must-dos, in a modern world full of extra stressors, toxins and pressures?

 

Today, I want to share my personal (and professional) priorities with you.

 

1000 years ago, the activities listed here would probably seem silly. What do you mean I need to exercise to stay healthy? I’m walking, lifting, chopping and grinding all day. Gimme a break! (Direct quote from a caveman).

 

But now that we all exist in a hyper-connected, bright, all-hours, sedentary and chemically-laden state, it’s important to bring back the basics and get our health priorities straight.

 

My 7 non-negotiable habits for the modern human

 

1. Exercise daily

 

Back in The Day, we were all actively exercising - hunting, gathering, farming, heck - even washing clothes. Since the advent of smarter and smarter technology (albeit bad for our bodies), we all move far less. And it’s hurting us! In an ideal world, we’d all be moving about most of the day, with periods of higher intensity exercise thrown in for good measure. For the modern human? Keep up with your daily workouts, and try to fit in as much incidental exercise as possible - walking to the shops, cycling to work and standing to use your computer (but make sure your posture/alignment is on point).

 

2. Fix your posture and flexibility

 

I’ve written about this at length, so I won’t lecture you again! Read my position on posture, here. Also, why stretching is so much more than just being able to bend over and touch your toes.

 

3. PROPER self care (not just a few pages of a crappy gossip mag on a Sunday).

 

If you have trouble giving back to yourself, it’s time to change to change that. It’s not ‘selfish’ - making time to have a massage, take a bath, read, spend time alone and truly nurture your solo self is imperative for health.

 

4. Re-learn how to breathe - the RIGHT way.

 

The most fundamental human practice has become problematic. We’ve forgotten how to breathe! The way you breathe has implications for your posture, your stress levels, your digestion, your mental state and focus - even your risk of certain diseases. Re-learning how to breathe can be the simplest - and most revelatory - health hack. Not sure what’s involved? Ask us in the studio.

 

5. Filter your water

 

By now, you’ve heard the news: tap water is crap water. A cocktail of wacky chemicals and potential pathogens, it’s a modern must to hydrate healthily with pure, clean, filtered water.

 

6. Get 10 minutes of sunlight every day

 

Vitamin D is the new darling of the supplement industry, and deficiency is being blamed for everything from cancer to chronic skin conditions. Don’t be fooled - the best way to get it is STILL the sun. Enjoy 10 minutes of midday sun on as much exposed skin as possible - without scaring the neighbours.

 

7. Boost your nutrition

 

It’s getting trickier to acquire everything we need from diet alone. Use high-quality supplements judiciously, to super-charge your nutrition and prevent modern diseases, before they happen. We love high-quality Cod Liver Oil, grass-fed butter, probiotic-rich foods and collagen (like broths, stocks and stews).

 

These tips sound simple, but how many of us actually achieve them? Cement these 7 foundations BEFORE moving onto the fiddly stuff and you’ll be surprised what a huge difference they’ll make in your busy, modern life.

 

Michael

Enliven Fitness 
Director
Exercise Practitioner
Functional Movement Specialist
Personal Trainer 
Holistic Nutrition Coach



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