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When it comes to wellness, it’s really all about the body, mind, and soul. Of course, it’s easy to make up excuses for not exercising enough, getting the proper nutrition, or taking the time for some self-care. Today’s challenging times, however, seem to have brought the spotlight back on mental and physical health, and it’s never too late to kick into gear and start taking better care of your total self and body. Our experts have some recommendations to try.
1. Get Moving!
You don’t have to become a marathon runner or have the prowess of a professional athlete, but every human body needs a routine that includes some form of physical exercise. Unfortunately, most working adults are spending about 10 hours per day seated, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Associates.
When you’re not getting up to move about, the body can suffer from a variety of issues like eye strain, lower back pain, headaches, postural fatigue, etc.
Exercise trainers advise staying fit by getting out there and taking action. Shoot for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or try a combination of the two activities.
2. Drink More Water
It may sound simple enough, but a lot of us are hooked on caffeine beverages that don’t do the body very well. You need to drink enough water for the multiple functions it provides for the body and the healthiest hydration out there.
The scientific experts even have the numbers: About 15.5 cups of fluids daily for men and about 11.5 cups of fluids daily for women.
A reverse osmosis system in the home (or office, too) is seen as one of the finest ways of obtaining the cleanest, safest drinking and cooking water for the family.
3. Learn To Stress Less
It’s easy to say, right?
No one enjoys being at a high-stress level, but it happens to the best of us. Luckily, there are a great variety of stress reducers you can choose from.
For instance, having a massage is an affordable luxury that can calm the body, unravel knotted muscles, and even lower blood pressure.
You could try a yoga class and learn proper breathing methods from the diaphragm that have been shown to lower cortisol levels and reduce anxiety.
Meditation is another helpful option. Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos has been a loyal meditator. His alarm clock goes off at 2:15 a.m. on workdays, and he immediately begins meditating to focus his mind and energy.
4. Read More Books
Reading can take you to faraway places and allow for an abundance of mental stimulation. Picking up a book on a regular basis is excellent for maintaining a sharp mind as we grow older. The hobby also relaxes the brain and helps to de-stress.
Books are inspirational to all and encourage critical thinking, and increase in empathy, and creativity.
There’s power in the written word!
5. Try Some Retail Therapy
We know it’s hard to stay on a budget, but sometimes, buying yourself new clothing is a wonderful form of self-care.
Scientists have even studied this theory, and in 2011, research showed that by just buying one new article of clothing, an individual could positively change their mood significantly, substantially, and positively.
Here’s to a new pair of shoes!
Better habits can make a difference in the care of your health and body, and there are multiple ways to go about creating the lifestyle you deserve. Consider some of our suggestions above, and turn over a new leaf today!