By Aubrie Pohl
-A constant lethargic feeling.
–Achy joints and tired muscles.
-A lack of motivation and desire.
-Sitting down for more hours than standing.
-Feeling like you are capable of so much more.
These are all characteristics of a less-than optimal health.
Our physical state of health can affect every aspect of our life.
Human bodies are incredible.
Do you ever think about how much your body loves you?
Your body is always adapting and accommodating to the situation at hand.
Constantly trying to make your life easier for you.
It will get strong if you start strength training.
It will continue to breathe when you don’t even think about breathing!
However, our bodies will only work at their optimal level if we do our part to keep them in the healthiest condition that we can.
There are many ways of improving your physical health, so we can make great steps towards an improved quality of life!
Here are the 6 Keys to Improving Your Physical Health:
We are born to move.
Our bodies love movement.
Without it, our joints ache, our bodies inflame, and we experience pain and weakness.
With every push, pull, reach, stretch, twist, jump, lift, and dance our bodies reciprocate and strengthen, lengthen, expand, open, and grow towards their greatest potential.
Most of our modern day jobs require us to sit for hours at a time, performing robotic motions and allowing our bodies to be stagnant. But they yearn for the freeing sensation of muscles contracting and expanding, of giving and receiving.
Encourage yourself to move on a regular basis, freely and openly, in whatever way feels best.
Even if that means circling your shoulders in line at the grocery store.
Stretching your legs while watching TV.
Twisting your spine as you lay in bed.
Moving your body is always an option.
Feeling better is ALWAYS an option.
Your body takes the food you eat and breaks down the food into the macronutrients and micronutrients you need, then reassembles those into your cells to provide you with the energy that allows you to thrive and grow towards your optimal being.
However, your body is only as efficient as the material it has to work with.
The quality of food you send into your body can have a powerful effect on your mental clarity, your ability to perform, and your overall function.
The “Standard American Diet”, also known as SAD…. is sad!
Highly processed foods and a portion distortion leave our bodies critically short of nutrients our bodies crave.
Everybody is different, but we all have an intuitive wisdom that allows the fibers of our being to send us signals of true wellness.
Notice the way your body and energy levels respond after eating certain foods.
So what should you eat?
Eat foods with no labels.
More nutrient dense fruits, vegetables, lean meats.
Less sugary, carbohydrate dense processed foods.
Shop only around the perimeter of the grocery store.
Eat without distractions and notice how foods make you feel.
If you see a food that is not something your great-grandparents ate when they were young, disregard it.
Drink water all day, every day.
After all, a healthy outside starts from the inside.
A little sunshine every day can boost your mood and serotonin levels, our happy hormone.
If we allow our bodies to absorb a healthy amount of Vitamin D through the sun, we can prevent illnesses that occur from Vitamin D deficiency.
The sun also warms our muscles to reduce inflammation and stiffness.
a small 15 minute walk through the sunshine can do wonders for your body and mind!
Your body will tell you when you’ve had enough sun, turning a shade of pink or feeling warm to the touch.
So go outside for a healthy amount of sun and feel healthier!
Our hasty, task-filling lifestyle has the ability to distract us from getting enough sleep.
We get caught up in our busy lives, and sacrifice sleep to get more things done.
Our body revitalizes itself during sleep.
Sleep is as vital to sustaining a healthy, energetic life as eating, drinking, and breathing!
Allow your body a restful night and experience yourself feeling attentive, refreshed, and more prepared to challenge your day, so you can live your full potential.
Even a short nap during the day can reinvigorate your system to take on the rest of the day!
Develop an intimate relationship with your body to discover the amount of sleep that you need, and feel your energy increase!
5. Less Chemicals
Living a life with less chemical additives can have a profound effect on your well-being.
Hand soap, shampoos, perfumes, make up, lotions, deodorants, air fresheners, and many other products can potentially contain dangerous chemicals that can disrupt your body’s functions.
As you educate yourself about what products your body is absorbing, you will be able to make conscious decisions on how to lessen the amount of toxins you take in and discover better-for-you options.
Instilling our actions in forward momentum will allow us to continue on a path of self-transformation and success to make our lives more meaningful and satisfying.
By taking the right steps in the right direction, positive actions become intentional activities that manifest more motivation, happiness, and improved life conditions.
Mindfully build good habits, pursue goals, endeavor to live the life you have imagined and you can confidently move in the direction of your highest potential!
In fact, a change of behavior can alter how we think and feel.
Even our poses and demeanor have the potential to change the chemical make-up of our bodies.
Smile and you will feel happier!
Stand tall with your chest out and you will assert confidence!
At any moment, you have the power to construct your decisions and actions towards an improved quality of life.
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