It’s Wellness Wednesdays! We’ll talk about how to improve you life through fitness. Exercise is a great way to live a healthier lifestyle. A more nutritious diet can go a long way, but being active and staying in shape can take you even further. As enjoyable as the couch potato lifestyle is, fitness can improve your life in a multitude of ways.
Fitness will, obviously, improve your body physically. As you exercise, your body will develop tone and muscle, and it will also burn off fat. You’ll also enjoy better overall health as your body gets the extra oxygen it needs from physical activity and begins to function the way it was designed – all the way down to the cellular level.
Working out can also give you more energy. The first few days, you’ll probably feel tired immediately after the workout. But you’ll soon start to notice that you’re pumped up and more eager to go out and do something instead of plopping down on the couch.
Being fit may extend your lifespan by preventing heart conditions and other stress-related illnesses. It may also improve the quality of your golden years, because your body is in much better condition.
Working out has obvious physical benefits, but it also has psychological rewards. When you’re in better shape, you feel better about yourself. If you’re a bit short on self-confidence, a healthy, active lifestyle is the ultimate antidote.
When you exercise, your body produces endorphins, the “feel good hormone.” So exercising brings you a feeling of well-being and a happier mental attitude. The extra oxygen also relaxes you while the activity helps rid you of pent-up stress. The result: a happier, relaxed, stress-free you!
With the boost in confidence, your outlook on life will improve and you’ll feel more hopeful about your future.
Exercise also gives you a great way to vent any frustration or anger you may have. If you’ve had a bad day at work, a jog, bike ride, or weight lifting session will allow you to channel all that negative energy into something positive. If you have access to a punching bag, whaling on that for a while is another great way to release frustration
Working out is much easier when you have people with you. A group will ensure that you stay on track instead of putting off the workout. If you join a gym, you’ll have the potential to meet new people and widen your social circle.
Even if you just go for a morning jog or bike ride, you can come across neighbors that you seldom get to visit. Taking a moment to catch up with your neighbors can bring more friendships into your life.
Being physically fit can also lead to more romantic options. It’s true that looks shouldn’t be the main priority, but it certainly makes you more attractive to have a leaner, fit body.
A More Fulfilling Life
Exercise gives you a boost physically, psychologically, emotionally, and even socially. If you feel like your life is short of the totally fulfilling existence you were born to live, a little exercise could go a long way towards helping you reach the potential you know you have buried deep inside.
The biggest hurdle you face is getting started. Instead of making excuses, keep thinking about all you have to gain with a lifestyle that supports the creation of a new you. Stick with it until you find yourself craving those workouts and feeling like something’s missing when you miss one. If you choose a healthy lifestyle, starting today, your life will never be the same.
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because your natural health and wellness is important. You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of poor health, including chronic disease, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
I use functional medicine and lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some chronic diseases (if you suffer from them). In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Is Dietary Supplementation Right For You?
For some people, vitamin and mineral supplements offer important health benefits. Supplements are designed to fight deficiencies found in our diet and complement the food we eat regularly. Supplements are basically “helping hands” to our daily food.
If you suspect that you aren’t getting the nutrients you need, consider shifting your focus from supplements to eating better.
But it is very important to note that we are not eating the same foods we ate years ago because the soils have been depleted of critical nutrients through current industrial farming practices. And because the soil is not as good as it used to be, the food supply (grown from the depleted soil) is not as good as it used to be. For example, you are not getting the same levels of magnesium as you would have gotten 30 or even 50 years ago.
Second, much of the food has been genetically altered, which can impact the inherent and unique nutritional composition that each food possess. For example, ancient einkorn wheat has less gluten, more protein, more Vitamin A, and more beta carotene, than modern genetically modified wheat.
Third, the toxic load in the environment today is much higher than 100 years ago. We can see this with global warming, toxic landfills, polluted oceans and waterways, etc. Toxicity levels interfere with nutrient assimilation and absorption not just into the foods, but into our bodies as well.
So… if you are unable to eat better, the supplements in my MaxHealth Total Wellness Bundle may provide the extra boost you need.
These are my favorite Wellness and Immune-Boosting Supplements to use! This MaxHealth Total Wellness Bundle will ensure you have the intake of the important vitamins, minerals, and probiotics to decrease inflammation and boost your innate wellness day and night. Taken together, it’s a solid plan for increasing your body’s natural resiliency.
For best results make sure you use the supplements with dietary changes including a whole food plant-based diet, regular exercise (at least 2-3x per week), regular sleep (8 hours per night), and intermittent fasting (at least 1-3x per week).
Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).
Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.
I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.
Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.
Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Check out some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.
Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, and reducing stress are the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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