It’s common especially among women to put others first, but not taking care of your body will get in the way of having the life you want. If you are not healthy, it can be difficult to achieve the goals you set for yourself. You also cannot fully enjoy what life has to offer if you can’t participate. Imagine one of your travel dreams. Can you keep up once you get there? Or do you find that you cannot climb the stairs of the Mayan ruins or go snorkeling because you are out of shape? Even something simple as playing outside with grandkids can seem impossible if your health doesn’t allow for it.
While there are many aspects of our health that are out of our control, what we are advocating for here is taking care of the things that you can control so that you can get the best out of life!
Here are 5 ways that you can take care of your body to the best of your ability:
Doctors recommend that an adult get an average of 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Although sleep needs are individual and some people do need more rest than others, the effects of chronic sleep deprivation are far-reaching. Sleep deprivation affects our mood, concentration, memory, ability to fight off infection, libido, and our judgment. Inadequate sleep can also lead to weight gain, depression, accidents and cause serious health problems. Schedule time in your life for sleep. This week, try moving your bedtime back by half an hour.
Are you dehydrated? Even mild dehydration can affect your energy level and mood. Many doctors still recommend that adults drink eight 8oz. glasses of water per day. However, the amount may need to be higher or lower depending on other factors such as your level of physical activity and your size. New research suggests taking your weight, dividing it in two and drinking that number in ounces per day. Start by adding just one extra glass of water a day to what you are already drinking. You may soon see an increase in your energy.
Nutrition is a complicated thing nowadays with food allergies and food intolerances in abundance. What is healthy for your body may not be healthy for someone else’s but there are certain commonalities that I think most people could agree on. Cut down on inflammatory foods like dairy, gluten and sugar. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Eat a variety of foods. Maintain good portion control standards for your body in terms of your height and energy level.
Nutrition is not about weight. It’s about health. It’s about fueling your body with good energy sources so that it can work at its optimum capacity. Having healthy food on hand is half the battle. I find that having a meal plan with a little food prep makes it easier to pull off each night, meaning I eat less junk.
Cut out one thing that you know is not healthy for your body even if it is a small thing like adding one scoop of sugar into your tea instead of two.
Many people think of exercise as just being for weight loss but it does far more than that. It helps combat disease such as high blood pressure, depression, certain types of cancer, stroke, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. It boosts certain brain chemicals which leaves you feeling happier and more relaxed. Exercise boosts your energy, improves your libido and helps you get better sleep. Have you checked out our friends at Triumph Studios? https://triumph-studio.com
We make all kinds of excuses as to why we can’t exercise (time, kids, health, etc.), but all of us can do this one simple thing: move more. Park further away. Take the stairs. Dance in your kitchen. Play tag with your kids at the park. Take a walk with your neighbor on one of the great trails in Fort Wayne. Just choose one small way to move more.
When was the last time you got a regular check-up? Think about the appointments that you may have put off making for yourself. Do you need to see a doctor for a check-up or a specialist for something that is worrying you? Do you need to see the dentist, eye doctor, a nutritionist, psychologist, chiropractor, or see one of our massage therapists? Or do you need a confidence boost with a new hairstyle, make-up lesson or relaxing facial? Especially now, schedule time for yourself before you get booked up for the holidays. Make an appointment today that you have been procrastinating about.