I’m so excited to start my new wellness series! There will be five parts, in which I will be writing about the importance of physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, and social wellness, and how you can make small changes to improve these in your own life! All of these tie into one another in at least one way, and that will become clear to you throughout the posts.
Physical Wellness and You
This week’s blog is all about physical wellness. People often underestimate the impact that eating right and keeping active can have on your energy, mood, and overall wellbeing. Throughout this series, I am going to make a habit of practicing what I preach, and ensuring that I am living this in my everyday life. While many things contribute to one’s physical wellness, the main pillars are nutrition and fitness. This can be as simple as making healthier choices and taking the stairs.
Even something like drinking water is something people have a hard time with. I cannot stress enough the importance of drinking water, and this is coming from someone who is too often dehydrated, so I understand. I’ve found myself in the emergency room with a saline drip on a couple occasions after fainting from dehydration. I know how not drinking water can affect the body, and trust me, it’s not fun.
There are so many benefits to keeping hydrated such as:
- Flushing Toxins
- Improves Complexion
- Improve Aches and Pains Caused by Dehydration
- Increases Energy and Improves Fatigue
- Promote Weight Loss
- Improve Organ Function
The amount of water an individual requires is affected by a number of factors, such as physical activity, weight, age, height, and climate. We lose water everyday by simple things such as perspiration, breathing, urine, and bowel movements. It is imperative that we replenish the water lost in our bodies. The average woman needs around 2.7 liters a day, and the average man needs around 3.7 liters. Not many people are average, so it’s important to factor in your own health and needs! So right now, where ever you are, get up and drink a glass of water! Continue when you’ve done so. I’ll wait.
Nutrition has an effect on everything, your body, mind, and spirit. It is important to have a healthy relationship with food, and it is important to view food as food. Understanding how different choices can affect your body is vital to making the right choices. You know that gross, heavy feeling after you eat a meal from McDonald’s? Yeah, you know. That isn’t how food should make you feel. Food is fuel, and if you’re filling your body with low-quality food, you can imagine how it will affect your body. This can be as simple as choosing a vegetable as a side at a restaurant. Looking at servings you require on a day to day basis is a great way to start if you’re looking to get more healthy. However, taking into account your own health and needs are extremely important. The goal of the food guide is to ensure that you receive all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to function well and how you need it to. Looking up quick and easy recipes is always a great way to start. I love making my breakfasts for the week Sunday night, I put all my smoothie ingredients in a large mason jar, and put them in the fridge. Then, each morning I can just put it in a blender and I’m good to go! I’m also not a huge fan of salads, so I try and get a couple servings of vegetables in my morning smoothies. I put kale and other dark leafy greens to ensure that I get my servings in. Lots of people make excuses for being busy and not being able to eat well. As a girl who’s always on the go, I understand. However, there are so many ways to make sure your schedule accommodates a healthy lifestyle. Here’s a link to an article for quick tips on eating well!
Fitness has always been apart of my life, although sometimes, I admit, it wasn’t a priority. I danced from ages 3 to 15, competing for nearly 8 years, and I didn’t realize how much it had an impact on my fitness. It kept me active, and once I stopped it took a toll on my body. I lost muscle and gained weight. Before this, I could eat anything and not worry, because I’d burn it off at dance class (which wasn’t the best for my health, admittedly). My school is famous for the number of stairs, and once I lost stamina, I was upset to find myself being winded headed to math class. I knew this needed to change. I discovered Blogilates, and I fell in love. I tried doing this as much as my schedule allowed, and called it a day. We all know the 60 minutes of moderate activity we should do a day, but how many of us really do? I recently was sponsored by Anytime Fitness Brantford, and this is where I’ll be preparing for nationals! As I said before, I completely understand the struggle of a full schedule. Between school, homework, extracurriculars, having a social life, sponsor meetings, nationals prep, events, and everything else, I can barely find time for sleep and eating, let alone going to the gym for an hour! But there are always little things you can do to help your body to be a little more fit. Taking the stairs, walking, riding a bike, even incorporating physical activity into your social life. Take a group of your friends to a trampoline park, go on a trail hike, even walking around the mall is a small thing you can do. I like to go to the gym with friends, to help motivate me to actually get out and go. Having an organized and detailed schedule also helps to keep you on track. I keep all my deadlines, meetings, and plans on my phone with specifics, and since I have it synced to my laptop and phone, it’s on me at almost all times.
There are so many things to help your physical health, and the key to this is knowing your body, your limits, and researching and experimenting with what works for you! I hope this was helpful to you, and make sure to check back next week for the next installment. Thank you for reading!
Check out Anytime Fitness Brantford’s social media’s! They have a genuinely warm and inclusive environment, and I felt welcome the moment I walked in.
Til Next Time