Every day we see a new commercial for the next greatest weight loss drug, or an advertisement for the new book on the secret of being healthy.  The truth is, there is no one secret to living in a manner that maintains one's health.  Since personal wellness is defined differently from person to person, it is impossible to formulate a set of rules that everybody can follow, but there are certain guidelines that can be modified for most people. 

I refer to the maintenance of an able body as personal wellness.  It is a individual understanding of ones capacity to live and act in a manner that promotes an active and healthy lifestyle.

The purpose of this Instructable is to outline some broad concepts of maintaining  wellness that I personally have been able to incorporate into my life, while hopefully giving you an idea about what you can do to adapt these concepts into your own healthy routine.

Additionally, this Instructable was inspired at least in part by my mother,  a board certified Pediatrician and trained nutritional consultant.  With her guidance, I have been able to maintain my personal wellness, and I hope you can learn from my experiences.

This Instructable was entered into the "Active" category of the Humana Health Challenge. 

Step 1: The Morning Routine

The way you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day.  That is why it is important to get yourself off on a positive note which you will be able to feed off of as the day goes on.

When should I wake up?
In contrast to many of my teenage friends, I find that waking up early is one of the most important tasks that I need to do in the morning.  On days without class or work, many find it tempting to sleep in and catch up on sleep.  But when I wake up at 11am, I feel that a great chunk of the day is wasted.  Waking up early when I've had a good nights rest,  hitting the gym first off, and getting my day off to an active start is one of the best habits I've incorporated to set myself off on a great route for the day.  I'll discuss exercise in more detail in a later step.

On average, the time between last night's dinner and today's breakfast can be from 7-12 hours.  This is a huge amount of time for your body to go without any nourishment, and your body is essentially in a starvation mode by the time you wake up.  By eating breakfast, you let your body know that it does not need to feed off of it's reserves, but rather it can gain new energy from a well balanced breakfast.  We are always told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it really is true.

My breakfast  varies from day to day, but here is a list of typical breakfast options that I choose from.  (All of these breakfast options should have a side of fruit or orange juice.)
  • Yogurt/Milk with Granola
  • Oatmeal/ Cream of Wheat
  • Cereal - (Whole grain cereals,none of that sugary junk!)
  • A toasted whole grain bagel with eggs - (Typically eaten after a morning workout)
  • Quiche or a Frittata
I will stress this throughout the Instructable, but consistency is the key to maintaining your personal wellness.  Eating breakfast twice a week is not good enough.  If you have the opportunity to eat breakfast daily, it is highly recommended that you do so.  Some people are able to function with just a cup of coffee, but they are missing out on some crucial energy!


i am working on loosing 100 lbs. thank you for new information and a reminder of what i have known all my life. thank you! <br>
I love this instructable. It's well made and has very good information that I plan to follow myself, but one thing is bothering me: it's &quot;regimen&quot;, not &quot;regiment&quot; (which is a millitary term for a ground force unit). Thanks for posting. : )
This young man has his act together. At 67, I wish that I had practiced what he preaches. Perhaps I would not be taking so many pills every day. Good work
I have slowly become one of those people who lives on coffee, sugar and work stress. This reminded me how much I loved being in sports teams at school, and I love the 90/10 rule! <br>Inspired to make some changes to my lifestyle, thanks!
Very nice :-)

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