Having good, balanced health is important for every person on the planet, whether you are 5 or 95. We obtain this state by being aware of many things like what we put into and on our bodies, how much we move, and how we live our lives on a daily basis.
Truthfully, good health habits are much more effective when they are put into place at an early age and kept up throughout life. This is a far better plan than waiting until you’re sick or in crisis to start healthful practices. Though there is a laundry list of things you can do to better your general health, here are several habits that will help you fairly quickly.
Eat Quality Food
Because we eat food every day, it has a large impact on our health, as opposed to doing something only once in a while. Nutrition can either help you be more healthy or it can actually make you sick. This becomes apparent when looking at the general health of a woman who eats fast food every day and comparing it to one who eats home-cooked meals that are nutritionally balanced.
There are several ways in which you can better your dietary habits. First, let’s look at how diet can be changed efficiently and effectively. Consider when, how, and what you eat. It also helps to know what your specific dietary needs are. These will depend on your age, weight, how much you exercise, and any health conditions. It is always best to consult with a physician or nutritionist for advice if you’re changing your diet.
Some simple things to help establish new food habits are to keep a food diary, set goals, and have a plan to transition instead of just doing it cold turkey.
Explore the Great Outdoors!
Though we often want to just veg in our comfy clothes after a long day at work, it’s important to remember that the outdoors is there to be explored. I find that exercising outside invigorates and lifts my mood no matter what has transpired during the day.
Find a map, and pinpoint somewhere new you have not explored or simply go to your favorite park and explore. Going for a walk or run anywhere can help clear your mind and bring a new perspective on anything that might be bothering you. This is a perfect way to get some exercise as well as turn on feel-good brain chemicals.
Be Conscious of Your Posture
In today’s world, we are more often sitting at desks or have our heads crooked while focusing on a device or phone. These frequent actions cause structural misalignment of our necks and backs over a period of time. Keep in mind, our bones and joints are the foundation that holds us up, allows us to move, and keeps us safe. Awareness of how we’re treating this important system is not optional if we want good health.
Lower Back, neck, carpal tunnel, and many other spinal and joint problems are so common, it would be hard to find someone who didn’t have at least one. And though seeking help for pain is perfectly OK, it’s also important to know what you can do to help yourself.
I like to check myself for good posture periodically, especially if I’m tired. Fatigue is one of the culprits at the core of poor posture and movement issues. Additionally, if I’m in pain, I try to assess the problem by thinking about what I’ve done recently. Pain can come from simple things we do all the time like bending over, lifting heavy things, or using our phones too much.
Keep Your Hormones Balanced
One thing that can be quite tricky, especially for women, is keeping hormones balanced. The female body constantly fluctuates throughout our lives, depending on what phase we are in. Even teens and young women can have hormone problems that often stay with them for life if not dealt with.
Keep in mind, whenever a woman uses things like contraceptions to prevent pregnancy, the hormones can be thrown off and difficult to bring back into order. And, we won’t even talk about how messed up things can get after age 40! I recommend finding a functional MD who understands the female hormonal system and what is required for optimal health at various stages of life.
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