Fact or myth: health is wealth?
Yes, the economy is in recession, and we may have various deficiencies arising including our finances. One thing we cannot and can never disregard is our health. Having a healthy body is key to leading a successful life, especially in times such as this pandemic. Achieving riches and wealth is meaningless if your health is in shambles.
Fact or myth: health is wealth?
Your health determines your performance and the more you perform, the greater your chances of success. You are the owner of your body and mind and should be able to feel when you are on the right track mentally and physically.
Think of your body as the most important asset in your life. Think of your body as a Ferrari. If you do not fuel your car with the right oils and gas, your car will not function at its full and peak potential! Getting healthy doesn’t have to be hard! It simply requires a willingness to make some basic lifestyle changes that will set you up for success.
Let me share with you how you can navigate yourself to a better you with a healthier body!
Here are 5 tips to get and stay healthy!
- Drink Water
Most of us get dehydrated without even realizing it. Drinking plenty of clean water daily is essential for the functioning of a healthy metabolism and it also flushes out waste products and other toxins from our systems. On average, our bodies are comprised of over 60 percent water. We need to continually replace that water so we can regulate our body temperature, and keep our organs functioning properly. Staying adequately hydrated also contributes to a feeling of fullness, which naturally results in us eating less.
- Eliminate Junk
Processed foods, sugary cereals, and snack foods are generally loaded with chemicals, preservatives, artificial dyes and flavorings, and refined carbohydrates devoid of nutritional value. They also tend to be full of added sugar, sodium, and unhealthy saturated fats, all of which work to thwart our efforts at maintaining healthy weight and metabolic balance. But forewarned is forearmed. I’m here to tell you that probably the single most beneficial change you can make for your health is to “just say no” to processed food.
- Eat those Veggies
Adding a couple of vegetable servings to every meal is an incredibly powerful way to transform your health. Just as we might be dehydrated, so too are we undernourished. Fruits and vegetables are among Nature’s most perfect foods, and our bodies are biologically programmed to thrive when we include a variety of colorful plant foods in our diet. What’s more, when you fill up on veggies, you leave less room for the junk. Please do yourself a favor and eat more vegetables. Your body will thank you for it.
- Build Strength
We all know that exercise is important, but with our busy lives, it’s not always easy to fit that in. So, in the spirit of keeping things simple, my suggestion would be to focus on the most efficient way to achieve maximum benefit with minimal time investment: strength training. Believe it or not, just 20-30 minutes of slow motion, high intensity weight training once or twice a week is all you need to build lean muscle, which can reap tremendous benefits in terms of your metabolic health. Not only does it rev your metabolism for more efficient calorie burning, but it also strengthens your bones, boosts your immunity, and elevates your mood. But if you must narrow it down to just one thing, I say go for the strength.
If you’re looking to improve your overall health, one of the best things you can do is catch some zzzzz’s. Sleep plays such a vital role in our physical health and wellbeing, yet more than one third of Americans is chronically sleep-deprived. Sadly, in today’s fast-paced world, sleep has become a precious commodity. It’s no wonder we’re seeing rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease skyrocket, since sleep deficiency increases the risk of all these health problems, and more. Making sleep a priority can truly be a game-change, for your health as well as your waistline.
If doing all these things at once seem daunting, try implementing just one change at a time and see how it goes. Your body works hard for you every day. Isn’t it time that you showed it some love?
A quote I would like to leave with you:
Keep your vitality. A life without health is like a river without water. – Maxime Lagacé