When you want to do what you can to be healthy, you often focus your energy on two main areas. We all know that diet and exercise both make up a huge portion of our health. We know that we have to work out regularly or get as much exercise as we possibly can in our daily lives to not only stay active but to keep our bodies healthy too. Then, we also know that we have to be healthy when it comes to what we eat. When you try to eat a balanced diet, and your workout, you can often feel like you’re on the right track. So, it can come as a shock when you discover that it might not be enough.
Because health is often more than just how we treat our bodies. A good level of health is holistic, meaning it takes into consideration a wealth of different things that go beyond working out and eating right. So, if you’re interested in working towards a healthy lifestyle and improving your overall levels of health and happiness, here are some of the key areas that you should also be making time for in your everyday lives.
Although we’ve established that a holistic level of health is more than just working out, that doesn’t mean you can cut back. In fact, you should still do what you can to make sure that you’re working out as much as you need to, and that you’re able to feel the benefits from it. When you exercise, your mind should feel a lot clearer, you should have more energy, and you should definitely feel a bit brighter. So be sure that you’re getting enough exercise to physically notice a difference in how you feel.
When it comes to the food that you eat, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re focusing on health. That means you want to be sure that you’re getting the right nutrients from food. The majority of your meals should be made up of the right portions of proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins and minerals. So, be sure to get enough lean meats and fish, whole grains and fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Finding A Balance
But eating right and being healthy with your diet isn’t always about being strict - and it’s never about restrictions. So, one of the most important practices that you’re going to want to apply to finding a balance. You can do that with the 80:20 rule. It means that you 80% of the time, you’re going to eat right and focus on nutrition. Then 20% of the time, you can allow yourself to indulge in treats and your favorite foods. Because when you love food, you have to be able to feel sane.
Nutrition For Fuel
Another side to food is also seeing it as fuel. One of the ways that we easily slip up and find ourselves at dangerously unhealthy weights is because we focus on food emotionally, and see it as a reward, a treat, or a way to make us feel better. Instead, think of it as fuel. By feeding yourself what your body needs to function and feel strong, you should start to feel a long stronger and better in yourself.
You may not realize it, but we all come into contact with toxins far too often in life. And yes, you’ve guessed it, toxins are not great for our health. Whether it’s the chemicals in your body released when you’re stressed, the additives and preservatives found in processed and fast foods, or even the harmful ingredients you had no idea were in your beauty products; they can all harm your body. So, do what you can to reduce your exposure to toxins to enjoy a healthier body.
But you’re also going to want to look at your body as a machine that needs to be able to function right. And one of the most effective ways to make sure that your body is functioning as it should be is to get enough sleep. But not just enough, enough high quality sleep. When we sleep, our bodies repair and heal. We get more energy too. So, you’re going to want to make sure that you get better sleep to help your health.
You’ve probably heard health nuts go on about drinking water and staying hydrated a lot. But that’s a thing because it’s true. Our bodies are made up of mostly water, so when you’re not keeping your hydration levels up, your body and health suffers. Be sure to drink around 2 liters of water each day. Then, you should benefit from things like better energy levels and even clearer skins.
Then we get to the idea of women’s healthy. And yes, it definitely contributes significantly to your overall levels of health. Not only do we have hormones to deal with, but our bodies go through a lot during pregnancy. Then there’s also your options when it comes to contraception, including everything from birth control pills to tubal ligation, and also the screening checks we need to have to be safe. So don’t feel embarrassed or ignore your female priorities. Being hot on this topic can keep you healthy.
Strengthening Your Mental Health
From one somewhat sensitive subject to another. Mental health isn’t something that everyone is comfortable with. But, if you want to be sure that you’re healthy holistically, you need to start paying more attention to your mental health. And that covers off your emotional health too. You need to be aware of both and take action if you want them to get stronger.
Calm Your Mind
And finally, you’re also going to want to do what you can to combat stress. Stress is a huge killer. It can not only have a detrimental effect on your mind but also your body too. So, it’s important that you start taking steps to calm your mind and de-stress in any way that you can. When you do, you should start to notice a change not only in your outlook but how your body feels overall.