Seven Ways to Maintain a Healthy Body
Your car needs to be maintained so it can run smoothly, you take care of your home so it’s well-kept and won’t need expensive repairs, and you’re sure to keep your pets healthy so they remain happy and comfortable—but how often do you consider your own body? You may not think that maintenance is necessary for your body, but the truth is that the things you do daily can have an impact on its overall health and wellness. Here are seven ways to maintain a healthy body every day.
1) Rebalance Your Diet
Our bodies need certain nutrients to function properly. Eating healthy foods is one of the most important things you can do for your body. If you’re not sure where to start, try starting with rebalancing your diet by implementing these nutrient-dense food items: whole grains, lean proteins, and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep in mind that when it comes to eating well, less is more! You want to eat every 3 hours to feel satisfied and keep your metabolism up. This will help you control calorie intake while still getting all of the nutrients your body needs.
2) Exercise Daily
Getting fit doesn’t have to be a major production. We all know that when it comes to getting healthy, exercise matters. But how much? And what kind? You might be surprised by how little it takes. Start by adding in short bursts of physical activity every day—walking stairs instead of taking an elevator, raking leaves instead of using a blower—and you’ll notice your energy level and mood improve almost immediately.
3) Get Enough Sleep
A growing body of research suggests that getting seven to nine hours of sleep per night is good for you in many ways. Not only does it help your brain function properly, but insufficient sleep has been linked with heart disease, diabetes, and obesity—and can decrease immunity. So be sure you’re getting enough shut-eye every night. If you have trouble sleeping through the night, try not watching television or working on your computer right before bed.
4) Meditate Often
Studies have shown that meditation is an effective tool for reducing stress and improving mental clarity. To keep your body fit, make time each day for at least five minutes of meditation. Focus on inhaling and exhaling slowly through your nose, keeping your mind clear of distracting thoughts. Meditation can be practiced anywhere at any time—try starting with one minute right before you begin preparing dinner each night, or as you lie down in bed at night. As you become more comfortable with it, work up to practicing meditation for longer periods of time (10 minutes per session is great!). If it feels awkward at first, know that many people find it helpful to listen to guided meditations; use them freely if they help ease your sense of discomfort.
It’s important that we focus not only on what goes into our bodies but also how we nourish our minds and spirits.
5) Get Plenty of Sunlight
Sunlight plays an essential role in our body’s natural vitamin D production. Vitamin D is important for healthy bones, teeth, and overall immune system health. If you aren’t getting enough sunlight, consider investing in vitamins with vitamin D3. Not only will your body thank you, but your eyes will be healthier too! Some studies have found that people who take vitamin D supplements may lower their risk of developing cataracts later in life.
6) Listen To Your Intuition
Many of us ignore our intuition, especially when it comes to making important decisions about our health. After all, who wants to ignore that nagging feeling that something just isn’t right? That’s why it’s so important to always listen—and act on—your gut instincts. If you feel like something just isn’t right, chances are it probably isn’t. Whenever possible, work with your intuition to guide you towards healthy choices. You may be able to fix an issue or discover information long before it turns into an actual problem—but only if you take action based on what your body is telling you. Pay attention and listen closely to what your body is trying to tell you. It can give you extremely valuable insight and advice.
7) Ask For Help
I’m not trying to get all self-help on you here, but one of my keys to success is knowing that I can’t do it alone. It took me 20 years, but I finally learned how important it is not only to ask for help when I need it, but also give people help when they need it. We are happier when we are helping others. How do you make time in your life for giving back or for reaching out to those who've helped you? What small things could you do each day that would boost your mood and benefit someone else? These steps will keep us healthy inside and out.
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