It has been said that “good health is the cornerstone for a fulfilling life”, and truer words were never spoken. Good health can help you achieve your goals, make life easier and more enjoyable, and move you through life free from pain and illness.
On the other hand, poor health can rob you of your time, your resources, and even your life. Doing what you can to improve your health and stay proactive about your care will, in turn, improve your quality of life. Here are some solid strategies for achieving better health and wellness as we step into a new decade:
Incorporate exercise into your daily life
You don’t have to join a gym and become a weight lifting gym rat in order to improve your health; finding ways to become more active in your daily life will improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, and keep you at your desired weight. Dance with your kids, go for nature walks and hikes, take up swimming or subscribe to an online workout service with hundreds of options for at-home fitness. Look for opportunities to be more active in your day; your body will thank you.
Improve your mental and emotional health
Many people focus first on their physical bodies, and they don’t stop to realize that true and lasting changes start from within. Changing your mental mindset and improving your mental and emotional health will ensure that any physical changes you make will be both effective and long-lasting. Meditation is a wonderful medium for making these changes and finding a state of strength and inner peace that makes tackling life’s challenges a bit easier. Surrounding yourself with a network of supportive friends and family members will help you on your pathway to wellness.
Investigate alternative health practices
While we cannot argue that our medical doctors are a wealth of valuable knowledge and expertise, there are alternative health practices that may give us insight into how and why our wonderful bodies work the way that they do. Herbal medicine goes back thousands of years in its application, and it is still effective today in preserving and protecting brain and body health. Learning a bit about medical practices in India and the wisdom of Ayurveda training tells us that we are all unique individuals with unique needs, and the more we know about ourselves, the more effective we can be in achieving mind-body balance through its unique practice. A little research goes a long way; be your own best advocate, and ask for what you want to create with regard to your health.
What we eat and how we feel are intimately connected–the more we can consciously eat to feed our body properly, the more health benefits we will see long term. Put down that cheeseburger in favor of a salad with fresh greens and legumes, and practice the 80/20 rule–feeding your body clean and pristine foods 80 percent of the time, and giving in to those delicious cravings 20 percent of the time. Your body will work better, your mind will be clearer, and you’ll be setting yourself up for future health success.
Don’t forget that water
Water is the very essence of life–our bodies are composed of 60 percent water, and we need it for our very survival. For all systems to work efficiently, aim for at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily; your joints will feel better, you’ll detoxify more efficiently, and you’ll have more energy.
Following these stellar tips for vibrant health will leave you leaner, cleaner, and living longer than your indulgent counterparts who are not so concerned with long term wellness goals. Be proud of what you are doing, and look forward to years of feeling and looking great because of your proactive choices!