10 July 2019

Eat Well, Move Well, and Live Well

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I’m getting older and keeping my body functioning optimally is getting more and more complicated.  Lately there have been a few adjustments that I’ve been making to try and stay in good condition, minimalize injury and avoid the development of sickness and disease. One of the hardest of these adjustments has been changes in my diet.  The truth is, when it comes to health and wellbeing, diet is a large part of how our body works. 

Here are some things that I’ve been trying:

  • Eat a wide variety of foods including plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Replace saturated with unsaturated fat
  • Reduce salt (not entirely) and sugar intake
  • Eating regularly and at the same time every day
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Get on the move and make it a habit 

We can break down the concept of overall health into some categories. These generally include the physical body, the psyche with emotional and behavioral health.

Physically Taking Care Of Your Body

This means moving and getting regular exercise. This is a hard one for me.  I work at a desk- at home...ugh…  Lately I’ve been focusing on reaching the general 10,000 steps goal.  I purchased a new fitbit- my old one was really old and not fun to use! Next, I’ll re-introduce water aerobics and then add some other things.   Although, there are many forms of exercise that you can do, I'm sticking to something simple like walking that extra mile or swimming so that I can get accustomed to being more active during the day..

Exercise will help clear the metaphorical cobwebs and help attune all of your organs. Not only can regular movement help greatly reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems developing, but it also helps regulate the endocrine system which controls the hormones and provide you with a healthy dose of serotonin and dopamine.

Sleep and Recovery

We all need to make an effort to get enough sleep and need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night.  Working from home has thrown my sleep schedule all over the place and I’m currently working on getting it back on track. The key with a great sleep is to get the same routine sleep so your body can regulate recovery through deep sleep. Healthy sleep will boost concentration, positive mood,  productivity and helps regulate recovery and health. 

Mental Health and the Mind

Part of being able to do some of the things that I mentioned above is having a healthy operating mind. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with the brain and stop if functioning correctly. Most commonly, stress is something that can go unnoticed and creep up on you subconsciously. No one can avoid stress, but the key is to learn how to manage it. Being human we sometimes thrive from being under pressure, but that pressure is usually dropped when we accomplish something. When pressure develops that is constant which sometimes can’t be achieved straight away, generates stress. Knowing when and how to reduce the pressure will help you stay calm and be able to function better in stressful situations.

Protect Your Health

One final way to look after ourselves is to make sure we have the correct help available in case of any form of imbalance to the body. Whether it is your physiotherapist or general practitioner, receiving urgent care is key to recovering. It is important that any symptoms or signs of ailments developing, that they are seen to by a medical professional.  I usually attend all of my annual appointments like pcp, dental and pap but I don’t always go in between when something is wrong.  I “tough it out” and now that I’m getting older, that’s not the best thing to do.

Being at optimal health is a priority for all of us no matter what our size or background, and being different we all have to consider different approaches to our needs. Let me know if there is anything that I missed off the list in the comments below.

Until Next Time...

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