Alternative Methods to Wellness: Health and Fitness Tips
This is a guest post by Alexis Hall. Photocredit Pixabay
Health is the most important aspect of life. Without it, everything becomes stressful, and our lives become complicated. We have a say in how we treat our bodies, and taking control of our own health and fitness is one of the greatest health insurance policies we can have. Of course, it often seems out of reach, unattainable, too complicated, or expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips to achieve a fit and healthy lifestyle with a busy schedule and without breaking the bank.
Organize and Prioritize
Most people’s days include a packed schedule with little time off, household responsibilities, bills to pay, family to care for, and other personal issues. This means that organization is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Not having enough time or a lack of access to exercise equipment are often the main reasons why people let their fitness goals slip through their fingers.
If you’re short on time, implement exercise in a variety of ways, including in short bursts throughout your day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that adults need two hours and a half hours of aerobic exercise a week. This time can be broken up into short spurts, which means exercise can be done in smaller time increments and have the same benefits. Here are some more tips:
Establish a routine: Find the best time to fit in a workout in your schedule and put it on your calendar. Stick with it.
Choose a gym or yoga studio that is not too far away from your house.
Look for local yoga studios, gyms, swimming pools, or multi-purpose facilities that open early or close late. Most gyms have early hours precisely to accommodate people’s varying schedules. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, your local park is a great place to exercise.
Implementing just a few simple changes can make a world of difference on your physical health and your finances as well. Organize your meals as you would any other important task.
Meal Planning: Take one day a week to plan your meals and decide ahead of time on your upcoming menu.
Bulk Shopping: Shop one day a week (not when hungry) and purchase just what you need for the week. Be prepared by making your grocery list ahead of time and sticking to it.
Cooking in Batches: Don’t be afraid to have the same dish twice. For example, by making a big pot of stew on Sunday, you can have a hefty portion of protein and healthy fats for the week.
The Mind & Body
Exercise reduces stress, as the Huffington Post reports, but it also has a myriad of other great benefits. Exercise has proven to show a reduction in anxiety and depression. Physical activity can improve mood by promoting the creation of certain neurotransmitters that aid brain function.
Whether it’s dealing with problems and pressures at work or with family, or if you’re just going through a difficult time, certain exercises and activities work great as ways to reorganize the brain. For those recovering from addiction, for example, these activities could be a healthy way to a new start. This is because these activities allow you to focus your mind and can relieve stress and anxiety, both of which are triggers for relapse in many individuals who are in recovery. Here are some ideas for stress-reducing activities and exercises:
Yoga: Aids in healing body ailments and injuries but also forms part of a whole-body approach that helps with other issues like addiction. Yoga is also good for beginners and people of all ages and sizes.
Swimming: A low-impact sport that works well in preventing injury and improving focus and concentration as well as cardiovascular health.
Meditation: The practice of mindfulness is vital to maintaining overall wellness. This is especially true when staving off illnesses or a relapse. Psychology Today reports that mindfulness and meditation can aid the process of finding the root cause of addiction.
These are just a few of the ways you can heal your body and mind. By taking care of your body today, the future will look much brighter and full of possibility and opportunity. The human body is incredibly resilient, and it’s never too late to begin caring for it. Don’t let the common excuses hold you back from living the rest of your life in great health.