Practicing Consistency Across the Health Spectrum
Living in Your OcularPrime isn’t only about maximizing eye health, it’s about putting the whole package together.
When it comes to your eyes, you want to keep them optimized so you can do your best work every day. You want to Live in Your OcularPrime so to speak. But Living in Your OcularPrime isn’t only about maximizing your eye health. It’s about putting the whole package together.
It’s about making a commitment to consistency across the entire spectrum of health. It’s about taking proper eye care measures and eating healthy and staying fit and getting enough sleep and a healthy work/life balance — so on and so forth.
Now, this article may sound redundant, but if you stop and think about it for second, you may realize that it’s actually difficult to consistently apply the fundamentals of health (and basketball). Let’s face it, everybody wants to be the Los Angeles Lakers — famous for Showtime (in the 80’s), and nobody wants to be the San Antonio Spurs — famous for being fundamentally sound.
Unfortunately, short-sightedness in our health habits can resemble selfish play in basketball. For instance, it might look good in the box score when a player gets 30 points, but what was that players FG percentage? And how many rebounds did that player have? And what about defensive play and overall hustle?
Maybe dishing out 8 or 9 assists or a solid double/double is the way to go? Especially over the course of a long season.
When it comes to our health, it’s important to keep the big picture in mind. What feels good right now might not be the best idea for our future selves. Naturally, we all make excuses from time to time, such as: I’ll catch up on sleep during the week, or it’s only one (or two) donut(s), or I’ll hit up the gym tomorrow — and hit up happy hour today, or I forgot my sunglasses at home. Now, I’m not vilifying any of the aforementioned behaviors — well, except for forgetting your sunglasses, but we all know certain behaviors are more beneficial than others.
Simply put, grasping the fundamentals help us stay in control and we want to stay in control of our health as long as possible. Of course, there are several unfortunate occurrences in healthcare and a decent amount of bad luck. But burning the candle at both ends rarely helps the situation and can certainly lead to a blowout. We see examples of that every day.
Become an expert in the fundamental aspects of health:
All this being said, consistency means something different to each person. A good starting point would be to learn about yourself and your habits, then figure out the best way to move forward. Solidifying the following fundamentals is a good place for anybody to start — so is this five step simple plan of action.
— Actually, Make a Plan
You know yourself better than anyone else (of course). That said, have a plan for the day and do your best to stick to it. It may be best to make this plan the night before.
— Be Mindful… especially of your food
Do you really want to set the precedence for a day by making the wrong food choices? Try eating something healthy upon waking, then pause for a little bit to see how you feel. Do this instead of eating or drinking something with too much sugar without even paying attention.
— Get to the Gym
The benefits of exercise can’t be stated enough. If you can incorporate an hour of intense exercise a few times a week, this will work wonders against any unhealthy eating (or drinking) habits you may have. It will also counteract a significant amount of the time we spend sitting down.
— Put Down the Digital Device
Do you want to browse social media and/or check emails in your spare time? Or would you rather learn something from reading a good book. Sure, you actually have to read the book to find the good stuff, but good things come to those who wait. Your eyes will also thank you.
— Stick to a Sleep Routine
Human beings are hard-wired for activity during the day and sleep during the night. I understand your nightlife will fight this every step of the way, but it’s something to consider if you’re concerned about your health.