What does being healthy mean to you? Is it eating right? Sleeping more? Exercising more? Eating more fruits and vegetables?
Our bodies are pretty amazing machines… I hope you love your body (after all, you only get one), The human body is absolutely fascinating: a beautiful, complex, resilient machine. From the macroscopic level of the heart – pumping 60-100 times per minute, every minute, often for decades on end – to the microscopic level of the immune system – constantly fighting off invaders we don’t even know we have, the more we learn of the intricacy and efficiency of the body the more amazed we may become. Take care of your bodies!!!! If we want physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, we will take care of our body. It all goes hand in hand.
What is health and wellness? What does it mean to you?
Factors that could affect our health include, among others: genetics, family and socioeconomic background, diet, exercise, social support, risk-taking behaviors, attitude, and spiritual practices. We need to be ‘mindful’ of our body as well as everything around us. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by. Mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future. Ok, where do I start???? If you want to eat healthier, be more active, ask yourself – What habits can I change today? Where could you start investing small amounts of effort to reap giant rewards? If you struggle with accountability or just aren’t super knowledgeable of how to eat healthy, what could you do? Maybe you hit the gym twice a week, or could you rearrange your schedule to make it 3 times a week? Could you have a hard “shut-off” time each night where you power off electronics and slip into bed an extra 30 minutes? Maybe you have a desk job and find it difficult to get away from it.
It is a new year,
Here are some examples to start with:
- GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP – Try darkening your room more and turn your clock away from you. Write down worries or stressful thoughts to get them out of your head and onto the page. This will help you put them into perspective so you can quit worrying about them.
- EAT BETTER- What we eat and how we feel are linked together. A healthy approach to eating is centered on savoring flavor, eating to satisfaction, and increasing energy, rather than focusing on weight. Check your balance of low-calorie foods, nutrient-dense foods (providing many nutrients per calorie), and foods that are calorie dense but nutrient poor. Most Americans need to eat more fresh whole foods (in contrast to processed, highly refined foods). Try to add more whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and legumes into your meals. Pair these carbohydrate-rich foods with a healthy fat or lean protein to extend satisfaction. DO’NT SKIP MEALS!!
- EXERCISE DAILY-Did you know that daily exercise can reduce all of the biomarkers of aging? This includes improving eyesight, normalizing blood pressure, improving lean muscle, lowering cholesterol, and improving bone density. If you want to live well and live longer, you must exercise! Even ten minutes of exercise makes a difference — so do something! Crank the stereo and dance in your living room. Sign up dancing lessons. Walk to the park with your kids or a neighbor you’d like to catch up with. Jump rope or play hopscotch. Spin a hula hoop. Play water volleyball. Bike to work. Jump on a trampoline. Go for a hike. Bottom line… MOVE MORE!!! Stop sitting so much. If you have a desk job, get up and walk 2 minutes for every hour you sit!!!
Because our bodies are so awesome, we need to take care of them!!! There are laws even natural laws that govern all aspects of the universe, including HOW the human body functions. These laws are not changeable-they are unchanging. If you eat unhealthy, are sedentary YOU will be unhealthy!! We can not change these laws. We CAN change us, and take care of our bodies. Lets start with getting more sleep, eating more fruits, vegetables and not processed food, and MOVING MORE!!!