Exercise for a Healthy Lifestyle
Exercise is one of the key building blocks to living a healthy lifestyle, yet it is possible to get too much of a good thing. If your workout is starting to leave you exhausted versus energized, you can’t sleep (or you’re sleeping too much), you’re moody and unmotivated, constantly sick and aren’t recovering from soreness after a few days, it’s likely that you’re over-exercising. The best way to prevent this from occurring is to create balance in your life by implementing self-care tactics. Here are some tactics that will help you feel better both physically and mentally so you can continue your fitness routine with success.
Mix Up Your Workouts
To have a healthy lifestyle, it is important to avoid burnout. Burnout can come in the form of boredom, so it’s important to switch up your workout once in a while. Along with making it more motivating to get moving, it also prevents your body from getting into autopilot mode, thus allowing your muscles to be challenged in a different way. Consider partaking in activities with your dog such as running or walking, signing up for an agility course, hiking and even paddle boarding. Signing up for a local sports league can help keep you on your toes while building camaraderie, or start training for a race if you prefer solo workouts.
If you don’t want to invest in a gym membership, there are an abundance of fitness apps that offer a tremendous variety of workouts to suit all interests, ages and levels.
Adequate Sleep Is Key
Sleep is among one of the top self-care tactics you can implement for a healthy lifestyle. Not only will it make it possible for you to have the energy to work out, but also it will reduce body inflammation, promote creativity, sharpen attention, maintain weight, reduce stress, prevent depression, make you more attentive and quite possibly contribute to living a longer life.
If you’re having problems getting adequate shuteye, there are several things you can do before hitting the sheets. For example, take a hot bath, plug in a sleep-inducing aromatherapy diffuser, practice deep breathing and visualization techniques, write down what’s on your mind, invest in quality pillows and blackout shades, avoid drinking alcohol or eating too close to bedtime and get some natural sunlight first thing in the morning to reset your biological clock.
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Fuel Your Body Properly
Don’t compromise all of your efforts by eating junk as you’ll only feel heavy, bloated, and lethargic. A balanced diet filled with low-fat dairy, whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats, and copious vegetables and fruits is critically important toward attaining a healthy lifestyle. In case you need a nudge, consider the facts associated with healthy eating: reduced hunger, the ability to eat more because healthy foods are lower in calories, increased mental clarity and energy, improved mood, better sleep, glowing complexion, faster metabolism stronger bones, lower blood pressure, better sex life and weight maintenance/loss.
Tap Into Your Spiritual Self
Self-care for a healthy lifestyle is also about spirituality, whether that means attending church, meditating, journaling, or reading an inspiring book — even poetry or quotations. Along with helping you stay grounded and get in touch with your values, partaking in spiritual activities can help reduce stress and clear your mind.
Once your life starts to feel more balanced, the easier it will be to maintain a workout routine for the long-term. Not to mention, you won’t be missing out on other aspects of your life — or compromising your health. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to self-care and achieving a healthy lifestyle as everyone has different needs, so avoid comparing yourself to others in an effort to stay on course.
This post was slightly modified from a blog post article written by Dana Brown (HealthConditions.Info).
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