Maintaining physical health is hard. In the United States of America,42.4% of the population is overweight. This brings on additional health challenges like increased risk of certain types of cancer, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, as well as significant increases in early mortality and economic costs. There is a misconception that you need to join a gym, monthly APP subscriptions, or go to specific workout classes. Here are three tips to focus on your physical health:
Regular Long Walks - There are various benefits to walking including, maintaining a healthy weight and losing body fat, preventing or managing various health conditions, improving cardiovascular fitness, strengthening your bones and muscles, improving muscle endurance, increasing energy levels, improving your mood, cognition, memory, and sleep, improve your balance and coordination, strengthen the immune system, and reduce stress and tension. This is a great way to keep your body moving even if you work at a desk all day.
Control What You Eat - Sweets are my biggest weakness. I love cookies, cupcakes, and ice cream. Basically, anything with sugar is my kind of food. Since I have this addiction, I do not keep these kinds of food in my house as if I did I would eat them constantly. I try to treat myself once a week with something sweet so I do not get this massive craving where all of a sudden I eat all sugar in sight. It's important to maintain balance in your diet. Do not deny something you love, but figure out the appropriate moderation so you don't overindulge.
Get Enough Sleep - My mind is running constantly. Even when I go to bed at night my head is still going through the to-do list I didn't get done, the conversation I need to have with someone the next day, and even general household tasks that I need to complete for the week. Shutting off your mind so you get good sleep is hard. Recently, I started doing meditation right before bed which has helped not only with relaxation and mind-clearing but has given me the ability to fall asleep in minutes.
Your mental and physical health is important. Sometimes you need to take a step back to step into your future. Start by taking a look at your habits and creating new and achievable goals to put your health first.