We all know and have heard about the importance of eating well and exercising regularly. But, the benefits of prioritizing your health extend beyond your appearance and fitness; it also enhances your quality of life, adding to your overall well-being.
Gallup scientists Tom Rath and Jim Hartner have researched how people all around the world experience well-being. They’ve broken it down into five essential elements all people must develop to lead a healthy life. These five elements are: career, social, financial, physical, and community well-being.
This month, we’ll discuss how prioritizing your overall physical health can help you feel, look, and live better—starting today!
Physical health focuses on adopting smart, short-term habits that result in long-term benefits. Making small changes in our daily lives adds up over time and can lead to a consistent lifestyle of sustainable diet, exercise, and better sleep.
Many issues that older adults face are the result of poor physical health. In fact, 75% of medical costs are due to preventable health conditions, such as insufficient stress management, tobacco use, inactivity, and poor food choices. Over time, these things can take a serious toll on our overall well-being.
By prioritizing our health over a long period of time, we can avoid many preventable issues and live vibrant, fulfilled lives.
While giving yourself a day off now and then is beneficial, you can make small, daily changes to improve your physical health.
People who know that their body is important and valuable exercise regularly, diet appropriately, and get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
If you prioritize your physical health, you can easily do things you want to do, like going on a hike with family, jogging with a friend, or taking long, leisurely walks. You’ll wake up feeling well rested, and you’ll look better, feel better, and have more energy to get through the day.
Even the healthiest of people can always improve their daily habits. Maybe it’s switching up your workout routine, or challenging yourself to a better diet. No matter your current lifestyle, it’s never too late to push yourself and your body to be the best it can be.
Many people fear that a healthy lifestyle is out of reach for them, and that they just aren’t cut out to diet and exercise regularly. But, it’s more about making small adjustments to your life right now—which will produce positive, long-term results.
20 minutes out of your day is such a small commitment that can pack huge, long-term effects. Recently, experts have moved away from the idea that you have to work out for hours on end to get big physical results. They’ve found that a quick 20-minute jog, circuit, or workout video can produce just as many benefits.
Working out in the morning is ideal. Research shows that starting your day with exercise can improve your energy levels, cultivate a routine, produce results faster, and boost your metabolism for the whole day — helping you burn fat and lose weight quicker. But, if you have more time after work or on your lunch break, working out then is better than not at all!
Almost all health specialists recommend that adults get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. However, it’s also recommended that you don’t get any more than 9. When we get too much sleep, we actually end up feeling groggy and exhausted. Research shows that getting eight hours of sleep each night can decrease your risk of health problems, help you manage hunger levels, maintain your immune system, and improve your memory. Getting a good night’s sleep will help you feel sharp, energized, and ready to take on the day.
Let’s be honest, it can be incredibly difficult to pass up all the sweets, treats, and junk food that pour off the shelves at grocery stores. However, a huge part of leading a life of physical health means choosing foods that fuel you, not simply fill you. Always go to the grocery store with a list of things you need, and nothing else. Plan your trip wisely, loading up your cart with natural greens, vegetables, fruits, and proteins, and avoiding processed foods and ingredients you can’t pronounce.
We understand getting healthier can feel overwhelming at first. But, the good news is that prioritizing your overall wellness doesn’t have to be a huge commitment. With small changes in your exercise, diet, and sleep, you can enhance your physical health!
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