Finding Balance - Tips for self-care and wellness
Training: Self-care and wellness
When we think about wellness, it doesn’t necessarily mean losing 10 pounds or looking like a model on a magazine cover. Instead, it’s about having a healthy lifestyle overall. It means working out, eating a balanced diet, and taking care of our emotional and mental health, too.
Below are some tips on how to balance your fitness routine with overall self-care and habits for well-being.
Move in various ways
You’ve probably heard this expression before, but it’s good to hear it again. You can’t buy your health. Our bodies are gifts and deserve to be treated with care. Often times the reason we have as many ailments as we do when we’re older is because we don’t take the time to exercise enough. Unfortunately, you can’t exercise once and expect it to have a lasting impact. You have to make it a habit.
For people in recovery, a fitness routine is important because it promotes self-healing. It provides the opportunity to work toward a new goal while developing a positive habit; however, it’s vital to not overdo things. According to an expert, the optimal amount of time to work out is three to four times a week, and your workout should consist of both cardio and weight-resistance training. Keep in mind that the gym is not the only place where you can put in your time. You can also do things outside like run or ride a bike or do things at home like push-ups and other exercises that use body weight as resistance.
Making other good choices like taking the stairs rather than the elevator or escalator also help. If you have a dog, this is another easy way to get moving because having a pet forces you to go outside to walk. (Let’s not forget, dogs are also fun and offer several other health benefits aside from exercise alone!)
A fitness routine is great, but without rest, you’re not taking advantage of the full benefits it can provide. Muscles can’t repair themselves and be stronger if you’re constantly working them out. Actual sleep is also important. You should aim for more than six hours a night. Getting enough rest can assist with the following:
Improved fitness and memory performance.
Reduced inflammation, which is connected to several health risks like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, premature aging, and strokes.
Reduced levels of stress and chance for depression.
Balanced weight and appetite. Based on research at The University of Chicago, someone who is well rested will lose more fat and will be less hungry than someone who is sleep-deprived.
Stay away from processed foods or eating out too much. Focus on eating as many fruits and vegetables as possible. When we select whole foods, we have more control over what we eat. What we eat affects our fitness and overall self-care.
When we’re connected with others, we just feel happier and more fulfilled. Having a group of family and friends to count on and trust is important because it creates a foundation for our emotional and mental health. We develop a sense of self based on those we keep in our company. Keep in mind that socializing is only one piece to the puzzle. It’s just as important to surround ourselves with those who lift our spirits.
Movement, rest, diet, and friendships all contribute to overall wellness. Remember to always look for balance. Ultimately, the best self-care comes from being able to listen to your mind, body, and spirit.
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