Giving less attention to what your body really needs may cause you a lot of trouble in the future. Disregarding your health and well-being creates adverse physiological and psychological effects. You will be prone to injuries in bones, muscles, and hip flexors. Aside from harmful weight loss and weight gain, you will also lose vigor, focus, and increase anxiety and stress, therefore, affecting your mood. Other than that, not taking care of your health will surely lead to chronic, metabolic, and cardiovascular diseases. The list goes on. So what are the things you could to take care of your health both inside and out?
The wise have spoken and many of them speak about good health by keeping both body and mind in great condition. There are various ways to keep the body healthy and true to the wise men’s words, prevention is always better than cure.
“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.” ~B.K.S. Iyengar
1. Have Sufficient Sleep and Rest
“True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” –William Penn
Having enough sleep and rest doesn’t just eliminate your eye bags or those dark circles under your eye, it is actually very essential for your entire wellbeing. It prevents stress and depression, the risk of heart disease, and high blood pressure. It keeps your mind and body alert and allows them to regenerate. Having sufficient sleep also supports in weight loss.
2. Stay Active
“If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.” – Hippocrates
Exercising at least 30 minutes a day may give you its full benefits. Not only does it puts you in a better mood, gives you more energy, and increases the production of serotonin and endorphins or “happy cells” which relieves stress, it also improves your health significantly. Regular physical activities diminishes the dangers of illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and type 2 diabetes. Moreover, it lowers your cholesterol level, blood pressure, and offers stronger bones and muscles dropping your risk of osteoporosis. In addition to that, exercise also helps in handling your weight better.
3. Practice Mindful Eating
“The spirit cannot endure the body when overfed, but, if underfed, the body cannot endure the spirit.” – St. Frances de Sales
Mindful eating is being aware and paying attention to what you eat, how you eat, how much you eat, and why you eat. Mindful eating involves all of your senses to really savor and enjoy food. Mindful eating has its benefits too. We usually overfeed ourselves and when we feel guilty about it, we starve or don’t give ourselves enough food. Mindful eating teaches you to listen to your body – eat when hungry and savoring every bite of it, and to stop when full. Once you have learned to listen to your body, you will gradually be conscious of your food choices. Thus promoting weight loss, decreases health problems, gives you more energy, and improves your mood.
4. Keep Hydrated
“Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” –Slovakian Proverb
Water is still the most vital liquid that our body needs. Just by merely being educated about the benefits of water will persuade you to have sufficient amounts of it every single day. Water assists in digestion hence averts constipation eradicating and flushing out toxins from the body. Water also hydrates tissues, ligaments and joints preventing bone and muscle injury. Physically, water helps out in losing weight and hydrates your skin giving you a glowing look.
Being healthy inside and out is essential to everyone, young or old. Getting enough rest, exercise, right food, and lots of water are all essential factors of keeping a sound mind and body and thus living a healthy, productive, and meaningful life.
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