Health has become sort of an archetypal topic. We see a lot of tips and rules regarding health in magazines, on TV, and basically everywhere else. It’s very hard to differentiate between actual useful tips and just fads that are used to sell products instead of actually being good for you. Taking care of your health is rather straightforward. There are several health commandments that you have to pay attention to in order to be a better you.
If you live on fizzy drinks and artificial fruit juices, as well as coffee and alcohol, you’re not giving your body what it needs at all. These drinks might be tasty, but they don’t hydrate you at all. Instead, they fill you with sugar, empty calories, and make you thirstier. If you really care for your health, you’ll cut out sugary drinks from your diet.
Water is your best friend. It keeps your body hydrated, helps your organs function properly, boosts your energy, and helps you filter out toxins. As well as all of this, it makes your skin look younger, gets rid of blemishes, and helps keep oiliness under control.
If you simply can’t stand the blandness of water, you can always add lemon or mint to it. This will make your drink that much more refreshing and will keep you as hydrated as you need to be. It’s also a great trick for those who are addicted to sugary and fizzy drinks. Quitting cold turkey isn’t going to help, but slowly switching to just water definitely will.
This is one commandment no one seems to take seriously. Instead of resting our bodies and mind, we tend to work ourselves to the bone and then wonder why we can’t keep going anymore. You weren’t built for constant work. It’s normal and extremely healthy to let yourself breathe and to just sit in place for a little while (figuratively and physically).
In that spirit, don’t neglect your body’s needs. Try to sleep for a full eight hours every night, take short naps during the day if you feel sleepy, and take a break whenever you feel you need one. The same goes for emotional and mental rest.
You can’t be productive all the time, and that’s totally okay. You’re bombarded with a ton of information every day, and your brain simply can’t process it all. Instead of hating yourself for not being productive, understand that you just need time to rest your mind. Read your favourite book, take a calming walk by yourself, or catch up with your favourite show. You should even consider taking up a hobby that relaxes you. That way you’ll always know what you need to do in order to feel mentally rested again.
One other aspect of nutrition you definitely need to pay attention to is your diet. What you put in your body greatly affects its performance, as well as your health. Junk food simply isn’t a good source of nutrients as it’s full of empty calories, sugars, and salts. Instead, you’ll want a diet based on fresh and homemade food so that your body gets all the nutrients it needs to stay strong and healthy.
If you have a weight problem, you should have such a diet that works towards losing fat but not muscle. All too often, people go on insane dietary fads that make them lose the good and the bad, instead of keeping the good and losing the bad.
A meal plan aimed specifically at gaining muscle and losing fat is the perfect choice for you. If you’re not sure how to start such a meal plan, you can always find useful info about it online. Among others, My Muscle Chef provides quality information that a beginner can understand easily. The gist of the plan is to basically eat more protein and less fatty things. Of course, a regime aimed at muscle gain should be accompanied by exercise.
On par with a proper diet is, of course, exercise. You can’t hope to lose any fat with just eating properly. That will only stabilize your weight. Exercising will push your limits further and finally sculpt your body the way you want. If you’re new to working out, it’s better to start slow then build up to a more intense fitness regime.
Starting slow will help you build a healthy routine as well as allow you to know your limits. Too many people try to go for the gold right away only to end up sitting at the sidelines. You’re going to get discouraged if you don’t ease into something that you’ve never done before.
Jogging or completing home workouts is more than enough for a beginner. Once you build stamina and strength, you can start going to the gym and advancing your level further. You could also hire a personal trainer to guide you and help you on your journey.
Workouts should be done a few times a week, with days for rest in between. We already established how important rest is for your body, so don’t neglect it even when you’re working out regularly. This is especially important to remember if you acquired an injury. No matter how fine you feel, letting your body heal is imperative if you don’t want to risk further injury and if you want to keep working out.
Once you cover all aspects of health, you’ll improve your life significantly. No matter how well you take care of your health right now, there’s always room for improvement. Having a balanced life that puts your health and well-being first is nowhere near easy, but it is possible. You won’t have any trouble sticking to your new health routine and taking care of yourself if you introduce one commandment at a time. Don’t be tempted to do it all at once, as you’ll be overwhelmed and could end up getting discouraged. We’re confident you’ll get the results you want if you take it one step at a time.