Are You Living An Optimum Life?
December 6, 2016 | By admin
I was reading Dr. Philip Maffetone’s book, The Big Book of Health and Fitness: A Practical Guide To Diet, Exercise, Healthy Aging, Illness Prevention, and Sexual Well-Being, and came across a self-evaluation survey to gauge your own health if you are living an optimum healthy life.
- • Are you often fatigued?
- • Do you have frequent physical discomfort, or muscle-pain?
- • Do you often have intestinal distress, constipation, or diarrhea?
- • Are you unhappy with your current health care provider?
- • Do you feel and act your age, or older than your age?
- • Do you hav a history of chronic illness that’s not completely resolved?
- • Are you significantly less able to do things today than ten, twenty, or more years ago?
- • Are you less healthy and happy now than earlyier in your life?
- • Do you often or regularly take both prescription and over the counter medications?
- • Do you worry more or have less passion for life compared to when you were younger?
- • Do you have significant stress from work, relationships, family or other sources?
- • Do you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep?
Did you answer “yes” to none of the questions? To some? To All? Someone who is in optimal health will not have many “yes” answers to the self-evaluation survey. If you answered more “yes” to the questions above, then you need to work on changes in your daily routine and lifestyle to turn those “yes” into “no.” You’d actually be surprised to learn that those changes to your lifestyle and daily routine are not as difficult as you think.
If you often find yourself feeling fatigued, some changes in diet and habit can drastically improve you overall and reduce fatigue. Here are our top 3 changes that can positively affect your health that can bring you closer to having optimum health.
Exercise helps to relieve tension in your body, boost your metabolism, improve circulation, and even cause your body to release endorphins (the “happy chemicals”). Set a personal goal to do 30-minutes of moderate to high intensity exercises a few times a week. Start slow and easy and work you way up as your body gains strength and stamina to endure the exercises. Also, consult with your doctor and a physical trainer or a support group throughout this exercising journey to set you up for success.
Sleeping well is key to fatigue relief. Having restful sleep brings your body back to 100% every morning. When you are in the deepest and most restorative sleep:
- • Your energy is restored
- • Growth hormones are released, these are essential to your growth and development
- • Tissue growth and repair occurs
- • And your muscles are given a chance to relax
Now, you might be asking, “how many hours should I be sleeping?” The National Sleep Foundation published a sleep chart. You can read more about the study on their website by clicking here.
Eating the right foods can also turn you life around to a path of optimum health. There are many ways to approach this, but the bottom line will always be the same: portion sizing, quality of foods, and frequency of meals. Set yourself up for success by planning ahead. While it’s may sound spontaneously fun to jump in right away, changing everything at once usually leads to cheating or giving up on your new eating plan. Work your way with developing new habits of healthy eating. Make those small changes into a healthy habit and in no time you will be eating well and feeling well.
- Prepare your meals. Home-cooked meals can help you take charge of what you eat and help keep track and monitor what goes in your food.
- Making the right food decisions. When cutting back on the unhealthy foods, it is important to replace them with healthy alternatives. Replacing dangerous trans-fats with healthy fats will most definitely make a positive difference to your health. Decreasing the amounts of sugar and carbohydrates will help lower health risks overall.
- Simplify it by focussing on eating fresh and whole foods. Look at the big picture instead of focusing on counting calories.
- Read the labels. It is important to be aware of what is in the foods we eat, especially if they are working to be on a path to optimum health. Sometimes manufacturers will label their products as an “healthy” option, but if you read the fine print on the labels, it may have questionable ingredients that may be detrimental to your healthy eating regimen.
- Focus on your moods before and after meals. Usually, when starting this new healthy habit, our bodies will go through withdrawal stage. Remember that this is only temporary and will improve as you move along with healthy eating. You will notice that when you eat well, you will feel well; if you eat poorly, you will consequently feel uncomfortable, nauseous, and drained of energy.
- Drink plenty of water. Symptoms like tiredness, low energy, and headaches are often attributed to dehydration. Our bodies are in constant need of water to to keep us hydrated and helps flush out toxins and waste products. Make it a habit to drink water be a part of your new healthy habit.
Those three elements can make a huge impact in maintaining a healthy, sustainable, and optimum life.
Stay happy, stay healthy, and be well!
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