“Treat your body like a temple, not a woodshed. The mind and the body work together. Your body needs to be a good support system for the mind and the spirit. If you take good care of it, your body can take you wherever you want to go, with the power and the strength and energy and vitality you will need to get there.”
~ Jim Rohn~
Give your body the attention it deserves and you’ll be rewarded tenfold. Here are 10 simple ways to make it happen.
- Never skimp on sleep. It heals like nothing else.
- Don’t smoke. You already knew that, right?
- Go easy on alcohol. Drink in moderation.
- Choose organic, locally grown produce.
- Listen to your body. Is that headache really telling you that you need more caffeine, or is it saying, ‘Hey, how about a little water and a bit of down time?’
- Stay on top of regular health screens and checks.
- Consider supplements. A good multivitamin can help make up for shortcomings in your diet.
- Address niggly health concerns, pronto. Don’t just hope they’ll go away.
- Schedule regular ‘me time’ to de-stress and regroup. It could be as simple as retreating to the tub for a long soak or as indulgent as a weekend away at a spa. You choose.
- Dress your best by only wearing clothes that help you feel wonderful. Before you leave home each day, check with yourself and ask if you like how you look. If it’s a no, change your clothes.
Make it happen
You can’t predict every outcome, but there’s so much you can do to control your own health destiny and steer it in the right direction. It starts with believing that your body is, indeed, a sacred temple, worthy of worship and the utmost respect.
Food for thought
Certain foods nourish and heal, while others will hurt you. Overly processed foods that are high in saturated fats, salt, refined sugars, preservatives, additives and chemicals, with names you can’t pronounce, are not the good guys. Sadly, a modern Western diet typically includes way too much of all of the above.
Move as if your life depended on it… because it does! Diet is important but exercise keeps your body strong and flexible and your metabolism firing on all cylinders. Exercise strengthens your core muscles and helps to prevent loss of bone mass.
Make sure to give your body 6-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Turn off the computer at least an hour before bedtime, eliminate distractions that will keep you awake, if pets make it impossible to sleep, designate a specific place in the house for them to snooze, and if you have children, be diligent about sticking to a consistent bedtime.
Your body is capable of so much more than you realize. Create an aerobic fitness regimen and write it in ink in your planner.
Strengthen your bones
With weight training. Now weight training can come in many different forms. You can choose to use hand weights, bands or revert back to yoga as it is uses your own body weight for resistance
More natural drinks
Do your best to drink water and tea instead of soda or coffee. While it is fine to drink anything in moderation, remind yourself that your body is the vessel and ask the question, how best shall I fuel it? I don’t believe Coca Cola is going to get you very far, but some cool crisp water certainly can’t hurt.
Whether you stretch five minutes before and after your aerobic activities or engage in Pilates or yoga, make sure you are incorporating a regular stretching routine into your workout regimen. Not only is it good for the body, but it is soothing for the mind as well.
Keep your brain active
One of the simplest and most enjoyable preventative actions you can take to ward off Alzheimer’s and dementia is to continually challenge your mind. Whether it be by introducing new physical skills – dancing, stand-up padding or tennis – or mental exercises such as crossword puzzles, learning a new language, reading a challenging new book or understanding a new computer system – by exercising your brain you are keeping it young and less susceptible to deterioration as well.
Cook more often
This requires planning, saves money and allows you to be an active participant in what you choose to put into each meal and your body.