Elements of a Healthy You
Guest Post by Lisa Ritchie If, like us, you love understanding nutrition and learning more about the balance of vitamins and minerals that are important, you are most likely well on your way to a healthier body. Your immune system, digestive system, hormone balance and even daily mood will benefit. Perhaps you’ve bookmarked some of your favorite recipes from our nutritional video recipes and feel confident in experimenting with them. Your family and friends will surely be feeling the benefit if you are also sharing your cooking and recipes with them. If you’re feeling confident and well learned on the food and nutrition information, where can you go next to continually improve your health, lifestyle and most importantly wellbeing?
Burn That Energy
Do not forget that the healthiest people have the most energy. You should be including a way to burn your energy into your weekly routine. There are people who swear they feel motivated to go to the gym, who have a dedicated work out routine and leave feeling exhilarated and proud of themselves. Others have a personal trainer who can concentrate on the areas of their body that need attention, and especially push them towards their goals even when they feel ready to flop! There are many classes and clubs out there where you can life weights, learn dance moves or let go of aggression through martial arts and kick boxing. However, just because you care about nutrition and are self aware when it comes to what you are putting into your body, it does not mean you are a gym bunny or are working towards your black belt. In fact a lot of people do not have the space in their weekly routine to go out of their way to exercise, as well as many people who simply do not enjoy it. The Harvard School of Public Health has written a quick and accessible guide for those who feel they have no space in their day for exercise. They suggest tips such as parking in a space the furthest away in the parking lot and getting off the bus a stop earlier than you usually do. Small changes like this may seem simple, but if they are added to your everyday routine, if you could measure it / that could amount to another 5 miles of walking a week or more. “When I am brushing my teeth, I’m bending my leg behind me, or I’m lifting my leg up and holding it in that position”, Christie Brinkley the Supermodel explains how she fits tiny workouts into her everyday routine. “I can do that while I’m washing or slicing vegetables, too.”
Don’t Forget to Relax
It is always preached to match good exercise with nutritional food to gain a good balance in our health, but the other issue we forget to tackle is keeping our mind and spirit healthy. In our busy lives and routines we may be able to make time for exercise, but do we make enough time for relaxation and centering ourselves. Yoga, swimming, meditation and Pilates are all exercises that promote balancing and improving the mind as well as the body, but they don’t work for everybody. It is important to discover what relaxes you as an individual. It may be reading, walking the dog, watching your favorite films or even baking that puts your mind at ease. You need to find the activity that pushes all of the stresses of the day out of your mind. For people living in busy, populated households, just being alone may be all the stress relief they need. For those who work or live in a life where they must nurture and care for other’s needs regularly, being pampered or doing something a little selfish for once can be blissful. When people forget about relaxation, their lives can come to a point where they can no longer cope. Many people working in the highly stressful and demanding corporate world may regularly hit the gym or take daily vitamins, but do not place any importance on clearing their mind and simply relaxing. These people often reach a point of stress that affect both their health and those around them; increasing aggression, disturbing sleep and the ability to concentrate. Many of them turn to recreational drugs or alcohol to allow them to continue with their lives, feeling it will help them with their confidence or simply make the lack of sleep and stress bearable. For people who take this direction, self help is often out of reach and their friends and family choose to intervene, using assistance from experts and perhaps send them away on a retreat so they are so cut off from their life that they can finally de-stress completely. It is important to be aware of work related stress, in yourself and others around you. If you are an employer or team leader, it may be a good idea to actively include de-stressing activities into the working week. Team activities or simply light-hearted, encouraging emails can really life the moods of employees and perhaps release some of those endorphins that make life all the more better.
A Well-Balanced Life
Don’t forget to care about yourself, and those around you, by factoring in your body and your mind. It has been proven that just being around those you love can create a healthier and longer lifespan. Laughing regularly with friends is also healthy for you. An article from the University of Oregon explores laughter as medicine and found strong evidence that it can provide pain relief, as well as the fact that the immune and circulation systems responds positively to both laughter and joyous moments. Make an active effort to increase laughter, love and relaxation in your life alongside regular exercise and nutrition and you will become the most happy and healthy you can be. After all, when you look back on your life, it will be those joyous times that really count.