Ultimate Health And Wellness Difference
The journey to attain ultimate health and wellness begins with building a lifestyle which supports them. A health and wellness-oriented lifestyle is built by making healthy habits and choices part of your daily routines. You do not need to completely overhaul your entire life all at once. These changes can be made gradually.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services published the first Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in 2008. It recommends 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity daily or a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes per week for adults ages 18 to 64 years. Strength training for all of the major body parts, legs, hips, arms, shoulders, abdomen, back and chest is recommended at least twice a week.
If you are not already physically active, incorporating fitness activities into your life does not need to pose a major challenge. A wide range of physical activities meet the guidelines. Examples of moderate physical activity include dancing, brisk walking, bicycle riding and more.
Keep in mind, 30 minutes of moderate activity provides the minimum required to gain health benefits. More vigorous activities, jumping rope, rock climbing and swimming provide even greater health benefits. Extending the amount of time spent doing any physical activity also increases health benefits.
To successfully integrate physical fitness activities into your life, make them part of your daily schedule. Set aside time in your daily planner and add a reminder to the event on your phone or watch. The most important things you can do are show up for the activity and perform some level of physical activity. Even if it does not equal the full 30 minutes, you’re still building the habit of physical activity.
Keys to Success:
- Start with an activity you will enjoy.
- If you are a social person, join an exercise group or workout with friends.
- Remember every little bit counts. If you exercise for 20 minutes twice a day or in 10-minute increments throughout the day, you can meet the requirement of 2 hours and 30 minutes per week around your schedule.
- Block out your exercise time on your calendar.
Along with physical fitness, ultimate health and wellness hinge on a healthy and balanced diet. People who eat well experience a variety of health benefits, better weight maintenance, lower chances of developing diabetes or heart disease and lower instances of illness. As recommended by the 2010 issue of Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a healthy diet includes significant amounts of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean proteins, and unrefined grains. The recommendations also suggest lowering sodium, added sugar, trans fat, saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet.
Before you look to cut things from your diet, work on adding healthy choices to your meals and snacks. Take a proactive positive approach as you make changes to what you eat. Drink a non-carbonated beverage instead of a pop or soda; you can choose unsweetened herbal tea which still provides flavor, lemon water or plain water. Select brown rice instead of white rice with your meals. Just as with exercise, small changes add up to a complete transition to a more healthful lifestyle.
Keys to Success:
- Choose one or two small changes to incorporate into your diet each month.
- Eating healthy needs to be enjoyable for you to make it a part of your lifestyle. Try foods and a variety of ways to prepare them and enjoy the ones you like.
- Make sure to keep your daily menu varied so you don’t get bored with your food choices and go off track.
Our emotional state can affect our food choices, our level of physical activity and our ability to maintain positive social engagement. Foods high in sugar and fat satisfy the pleasure and reward centers in our brains. If we are stressed or unhappy, many of us reach for rich foods to make ourselves feel better. Sometimes this is a conscious decision; many times it is not. Also, feeling angry, unhappy or depressed saps energy, making it more difficult to exercise or pursue some other physical activity; we just don’t feel like it.
There are many ways to combat this cycle. Physical activities like yoga, pilates, tai chi, and many others expressly cultivate a healthy mind-body connection for practitioners. Each of these activities use movement tied to breathe awareness to focus and calm the mind and the nervous system.
Yoga includes breathing exercises and meditation as well. These activities build fitness and relieve stress. Some mind-body activities, breathing exercises, visualization and meditation, do not involve whole body movement; they focus on channeling mental activity and relieving stress.
It is important to keep the body healthy and the mind in a state of equilibrium to experience a sense of well-being. Equilibrium does not mean you become an automaton. It simply means you do not experience unrealistic highs or debilitating lows (depression). Being even tempered makes it easier to deal with stress, adapt to change and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Keys to Success:
- Choose a mind-body activity to include in your schedule which suits your lifestyle and temperament.
- Practice it consistently for the best results.
Make It A Habit
It takes 21 to 30 days of consistent application to make a simple action a habit. More complex accomplishments like establishing an exercise routine, daily meditation and dietary changes can take significantly longer.
The rate of accomplishment for more complex changes can be highly variable; do not end your quest for ultimate health and wellness if you are not seeing immediate results. The key to changing established habits and acquiring new ones is consistency and persistence. You can reach your goal!
5 Simple Ways To Boost Your Wellness Today
You can do some simple things to ensure that you feel as fit and healthy as possible, starting today. These are 5 simple changes that you can make to your lifestyle to improve your overall wellness.
- Get Some Sleep
It is no secret that sleep is important. You may have noticed that sleeping helps you to avoid that tired feeling all day, and helps you to concentrate more. Sleep is also a chance for your body to rejuvenate, and plenty of things still go on in your body’s various systems while you sleep.
If you don’t get enough sleep, it’s not only highly likely that you’ll be tired the next day, but your health can suffer too.
Being tired makes us emotional, stressed, limits our concentration, and can even make us more susceptible to illnesses. Try to get around 7-8 hours per night for the best benefits that sleep has to offer.
It may seem like an unusual suggestion, but do you ever take the chance to just sit and breathe? There are a lot of breathing exercises and even with just one session of concentrating on your breathing will leave you feeling more relaxed.
Over time if you do this at least once a day, you’ll find that you feel calmer, less emotional, and just generally better. Meditation is a good time to try out breathing techniques.
- Don’t Be So Convenient
For some reason, people feel that they are too busy to cook a proper meal each day. This results in grabbing a quick meal on the way home from their local fast food place or they get frozen dinners that can be thrown in the oven or microwave when they get home. While these shortcuts may seem to save time, ultimately, both are very unhealthy choice to make.
Ready meals, processed food, and junk food are loaded with sugar, fat, salt and many more calories than our bodies need. Fast food also tends to be heavily processed and as it is often fried, the nutritional goodness for our bodies is practically non-existent.
Try to cut back on these unhealthy foods and instead cook from scratch. It is not difficult to prepare a healthy chicken breast with vegetables on the side for example and this is a far healthier option.
- Go For A Walk
Instead of putting off exercise claiming that you don’t have enough money to afford a gym, or enough time to actually go to the gym, just take a step out of your front door. You can walk anywhere and this is completely free.
Involve the whole family and go for a walk around the block or to the park if there is one nearby. There is absolutely no excuse for not going for a walk and you have plenty to gain from it too.
First of all, you’ll be able to enjoy gentle exercise that will still give you a good cardio workout to keep your heart pumping. You will also be able to enjoy some fresh air, which is essential for the brain and muscles.
Make it a nightly ritual that takes places right after dinner.
- Drink More
We’re not suggesting that you go to the bar and get drunk – quite the opposite actually. You should really be drinking around 8 glasses of water per day and if you don’t do that and you suffer from headaches, then we’re willing to bet that you’re dehydrated and need some more liquid in your body.
Every time you go into your kitchen, try to remember to have a glass of water. Whether you’re making breakfast, lunch or dinner or if you’re just grabbing a snack, using this as a prompt to drink a glass of water is an effective way to remember to stay hydrated.
This will improve your overall health and can even have a positive effect on your appearance by improving the quality of your skin!