Living a healthy life doesn’t mean you have to make major changes to your day to day or start drinking green smoothies or even join a CrossFit gym. Healthy living simply means incorporating healthy habits into your daily life. These will differ from person to person based on someone’s current habits. Try integrating any of the following 5 items to help you lead a more balanced energized life.
1. Mindful Meditation
Mindful meditation is meant to help you to focus on your present setting and state of mind. Studies have shown that when you train your brain to be mindful, it reworks its physical structure resulting in improved cognitive functioning.
This can take as little as 5 minutes of your time, FIVE MINUTES! Here is how to start:
If you aren’t someone that works out every day, this doesn’t mean you have to do a 90 minute class. This just means getting off the couch and being active for 20 minutes a day. Whether that’s taking the dog for a walk, playing outside with your children, walking at your local park, or running on the treadmill at your club.
At eMbody Fitness, we take pride in helping our members lead a healthy life. We meet with each member one on one to get to know them and identify their specific goals. Our Certified Personal Trainers provide customized options and programs to help members achieve their health and fitness goals.
If you already have a fitness plan but your eating habits need some work, one of our Registered Holistic Nutritionist can help you get on the right track.
3. Eat Healthy
Eating healthy doesn’t mean having strict dietary limitations or depriving yourself from the foods you enjoy. Rather, it’s about being smart with the foods you do consume. Eating the right foods can instantly boost your energy, mood, health, and overall make you feel great.
Consider incorporating the following into your diet:
4. Take Care of Yourself
Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of other people in your life. Making small adjustments to your daily routines can make you feel better.
The following are ways you can start to take care of yourself:
Get at least 8 hours of sleep a day
Getting the right amount of sleep is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Sleep helps your immune system and memory, manages your appetite, and decreases your risk for diseases.
Establish a healthy beauty routine
Your beauty routine may consist of taking care of your skin, hair, and body. As we age our bodies change and it’s critical that we have a healthy routine in place.
Skin and hair care: with the summer months ahead, it’s important that you incorporate an SPF moisturizer into your skincare routine, especially if you’re active and plan to be outside most of the time. eSalon conducted a recent survey asking 500 women about their hair care concerns. Women ages 24-54 all feared having thinning hair as they get older. When it comes to taking care of your hair, try to not wash it every day and let the natural oils do their job. Even after a workout, there are ways you can refresh your hair without having to wash it, such as using dry shampoo.
Body Care: At eMbody Fitness, we offer a variety of services including M.A.T. (Muscle Activation Techniques) and Bowen Therapy. These methods can help identify imbalances and work towards getting the body back to its optimal blueprint through gentle moves performed over the muscles and connective tissue. Both therapies are effective for back pain, knee/ankle problems, neck/shoulder problems and so much more.
5. Spend Time Doing Something that you Love!
In this busy world that we live in, we don’t take enough time to enjoy the things we love. Whether its spending time with your family, reading a good book, attending your favorite workout class, going on hikes, or playing a sport, schedule at least an hour a week to do something that makes you happy. Taking time out of your day or week to enjoy the fresh air and the people around you will result in a healthier, happier life.
Money won’t buy you time, so try creating a schedule for yourself at first. Jot down what you have going on each day during the week and where you will have time to do something that makes you happy.