There are mountains of material things we will possess over our lifetimes. Well buy hundreds of pairs of shoes (we hope), cycle through 50-plus pairs of jeans and throw out myriad accessories that well only wear once.
Material goods come and go. When they lose their luster, theyre easily upgraded. But your body? Your body is forever.
We only get one body, and that body needs to be cared for. It cant be replaced, so we have to preserve it as best we can.
Yet if we approach caring for our bodies in an extreme way, it can overwhelm us. Crash dieting is a crash course in failure because its impossible to keep up. Hitting the gym seven days a week is an unrealistic goal because life gets in the way.
Its best to break down our wellness into smaller, achievable improvements that we can tackle every single day. That way, taking care of our bodies wont seem like an insurmountable goal. Youll feel accomplished because youre doing something to continuously upgrade your sense of well-being.
How can you get going? Its not as daunting as you might think if you start by incorporating these 10 daily improvements. Your body will thank you for it.
We used to make fun of our middle school gym teachers for espousing the importance of stretching, but we know better now. Stretching your muscles will set you up for success by releasing the tension in your body and keeping you limber. When youre properly stretched, youll be ready to tackle anything that comes your way.
Read a book before bedtime.
Thirty minutes before you ideally want slumber to hit, settle down in your bed and cuddle up with a good book. Reading will immerse you in a different world without stimulating your senses the way your phone does. Itll lead to a better nights sleep, which is an upgrade we could all use. You never know, it might even spark some pleasant dreams.
In the same way stretching eases your muscles, meditation eases your mind. If you take time each day to quietly meditate and reflect, overall you will be less stressed and we all know how bad stress is on our bodies. Besides, in this busy world we live in, meditation is the perfect excuse to keep me time on your daily to-do list.
Eat meals that are actually well-balanced.
For me, a typical day begins with the decision of whether Im going to eat healthfully, which for me, at least means consuming lots offruits and vegetables. Though Im resolute in my decisions through breakfast and lunch, come dinnertime, my willpower breaks and I eat something thats processed and teeming with artificial ingredients.
Instead, I should be striving to eat meals that are well-balanced. If I were to ensure that each plate has greens, fruit, protein and carbs, I would be far less likely to binge at all. Moderation in everything, as they say.
Take the stairs.
Elevators and escalators are wonderful modern inventions, I know. But if you opt for the stairs, youll get where you need to go, and youll exercise in the process.
Bonus: The stairs are a great way to tone your butt and thighs, giving the phrase step it up a whole new meaning.
Really look at yourself in the mirror.
This article is about getting our bodies to thank us, but a huge part of that is thanking our bodies. We should stand in front of the mirror each morning and really look at ourselves. We need to love our own reflection. The sooner we do that, the better shape well be in inside and out.
Count your blessings.
Our mental state is a huge factor in the health of our bodies. When were living day to day, focused on what were dealing with in the moment, we lose sight of all the good we have. Lets commit to counting our blessings every day so were reminded that we always have something to celebrate.
Dehydration is not a fun situation. The headaches alone are, well, a headache.
Stay hydrated throughout the day by consuming a steady stream of water. Youll ward off the symptoms of dehydration and feel refreshed from morning to night.
Eat a piece of dark chocolate.
Is it possible to go through a day without craving something sweet? I dont know anybody who has conquered the beast of longing for a piece of chocolate.
The good news is that its totally okay for us to indulge when were consuming dark chocolate. Eat a handful a day and your taste buds will be thanking you along with your body.
Journaling isnt just for 12-year-old girls to write about their crush-du-jour. Its actually a super helpful tool that promotesmindfulness.
Journaling can help us keep track of our health as well as major life events. We can keep record patterns to tell our doctors, and hopefully use the information to make necessary tweaks in the future.
When we have a million obligations pulling at us, it’s hard to remember the value of focusing on ourselves. But these daily improvements will help us to do just that: Put our bodies first and show them some love every single day.
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