How to Achieve Total Body Wellness
It is the start of another new year, and with the resolutions and the turning of a new leaf come lots of exciting possibilities for health. Many people are hoping to change poor habits and start fresh with improved nutrition and exercise. Though February is already around the corner, it is never too late to travel the road to total body wellness.
As daunting as getting back into shape might seem, there are many simple steps that can easily start this transformation. It is not about making drastic changes that are hard to stick with. Instead, it is about making simple, sustainable choices each day to improve overall health.
1. Finding a Practitioner
The first step toward health improvement should involve meeting with a comprehensive primary care practitioner. Starting this physical revolution with the right practitioner ensures a safe transition into diet and exercise without putting your body through unnecessary pain or danger.
2. Go Nuts about Nutrition
The word “diet” has a negative connotation because most people equate “diet” with loss and deprivation. But maintaining healthy nutrition is not losing something (except maybe weight). In fact, focusing on healthy nutrition means gaining physical freedom from processed and fatty foods that are the culprit of those sluggish mid-afternoon feelings and headaches.
Eating well can be a fun activity, too. The options for healthy recipes are endless. Magazines, blogs, radio shows, and cooking shows are devoted to healthy food choices, thus there is no excuse to not sustain a healthy lifestyle.
3. Everyday Exercise
One of the best things you can do to start caring for your body is to establish a regular exercise routine. Studies have shown that 4 to 7 hours of moderate activity a week can help prevent diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer. When it comes to exercising, being athletic is not a requirement. Evidence shows it is not about the actual activity; rather, it is about the act of being active. Whether that is walking, jogging, hiking, yoga, Pilates, participating in sports, or even cleaning the house, the physical performance of just getting up and moving is what really matters.
4. Mind Over Matter
The mind is surprisingly powerful, and what it thinks can determine how the body feels. While it is true that exercise and eating the right foods enriched with vitamin D and omega acids improve the brain’s function, having a negative attitude can effect the body’s entire disposition.
Starting each day with a thankful heart and a positive attitude reflects in the body’s actions. Because the body and brain work together, if one part is in pain, the rest of the body will feel it, too. A negative disposition weighs the body down whereas a positive character can release tension.
Starting a healthy New Year is more attainable than you might think. Begin with a great practitioner to provide advice about proper diet. And with healthy eating, your body will have more nutrients and energy to put into exercise. Exercise releases the toxins built up in the body by moving the muscles and blood inside. Finally, ridding the mind of negativity yields for a removal of tension in the body so that it can perform at its best.
Since the body works together, maintaining healthy nutrition, exercise, and a contented spirit is the best way to achieve overall wellness in 2014.