What if a simple health test told you where and how to improve your health? Would you take it? Most Americans fail the test. Many of them live the SAD lifestyle. Surprisingly, a lot of health conscious people come short as well. Here is a simple and easy way to find out what health areas you could definitely improve on.
Weimar Institute in Northern California facilitates an amazing lifestyle program called NEW START. This program teaches the guests how to create healthy habits under a watchful eye of naturopaths and physicians. The name NEW START is a clever way to point out the ‘8 natural doctors’ that aid people in getting healthy again. NEW START is an acronym for the 8 habits one should live by to stay healthy:
N – nutrition
E – exercise
W – water
S – sunshine
T – temperance
A – air
R – rest
T – trust in Divine Power
Together with Gratefulness and Selflessness, they create the 10 Health Laws I followed on my journey when I was healing from crippling rheumatory arthritis. However, the above 8 is enough to see wether you should improve your health habits or not. Shall we begin?
The Simple Health Test
On a piece of paper write out the NEW START acronym vertically, just as you see it above. You will evaluate your own habits for each of these 8 categories and you will give yourself a grade for each one:
A – I do it without exceptions
B – I do it most of the time
C – Sometimes I do it, sometimes I don’t, it depends
D – I rarely do it
F – I don’t do it at all
Now lets look at the NEW START acronym a little closer and see what exactly each of the steps mean.
N – eating plant based nutrition, no animal products such as meat and dairy, staying away from synthetic sweeteners, additives and artificial flavors
E – exercising at least 3 times a week, doing both aerobic (increasing heart rate) and anaerobic (weight or strength training, sprinting) activities
W – drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, avoiding diuretics such as tea, coffee and sodas
S – getting at least 20 minutes of sunshine a day (without sunscreen) during low burn hours (early morning or late afternoon)
T – being temperate (moderation and self restrain) in all activities, including abstinence from alcohol and tobacco
A – getting a good amount of fresh air in your lungs every day
R – getting at least 6 hours of sleep a night, and falling asleep before midning
T – trusting in God’s healing powers and His ability to heal you from all diseases (Psalm 103:3)
For each step, go ahead and give yourself a fair, honest grade. Next, give yourself one, overall grade for all steps combined. Only you will know where you exceed and where you struggle. Only you will know what needs improvement. Be brutally honest with yourself. It is your life, your health, your well-being. It’s time to step back and re-evaluate your habits. Time to begin to focus on you, and on feeling good physically, mentally and spiritually. Whatever your score, I hope this simple health test benefited you in some way. And there is always something you could work on. I know I could!
Was this test helpful? What are the things you excel at? What are the things you know you must improve? We’d love to hear your comments!