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For millions of Americans, finding ways to stay fit isn’t easy. The battle against obesity rages on in every state, due in part to lifestyle choices, the price of eating healthy versus the cost of eating fast food, and a lack of exercise. These are key factors in staying fit, but they’re also important parts of maintaining good health and preventing disease.
Of course, there’s also the fact that physical fitness and overall well-being are linked. We’re stressed as a country, overworking ourselves to the point of exhaustion every week and then feeling guilty for not being able to do more. It’s a vicious cycle, perpetuated by a busy schedule and lack of knowledge on how to make changes.
Keep reading for some tips on how to balance your physical fitness with a good wellness routine so you can take care of yourself — mind, body, and soul.
Get enough sleep
Getting enough rest is crucial, not only because it resets the brain so you’ll be productive and feel good, but because it can have physical effects on your body. Lack of adequate sleep can hinder your ability to do your job or even to drive your car safely, and it can have an effect on your metabolism, meaning all your hard work at the gym may be for nothing. Start a new bedtime routine of relaxation — take a hot shower, light a lavender candle, or read a little — and try to get into bed at the same time every night. Having a routine will help you stay on track and will help your body and brain feel ready to take on anything.
Find a workout routine you enjoy
For some of us, daily exercise is much more of a chore than it is a fun activity, but the key is to incorporate things you love into your workout routine. You might switch up your daily walks for some time in the pool, or incorporate your dog into your daily run sessions. Take him to the local dog park and hit the trails. This is a fun way to stay active, and it will allow you time to bond with your pup, too.
Finding ways to relax will help boost your mood and your ability to take on anything life throws at you. It’s not always easy, but if you incorporate small things into your day like sitting with a good book or magazine, or making it a point to enjoy a nice pedicure or massage now and then you’ll get the benefit no matter how busy your schedule is.
Focus on mental health
Your mental health can have a bigger impact on your physical health than you may realize. For many Americans, an undiagnosed mental health disorder can be responsible for many different types of issues, from body pain to inability to sleep. If you believe you are exhibiting symptoms of a larger issue, talk to your doctor about the best methods of relief or treatment.
Eating a balanced diet is, of course, always a key ingredient to good health. Learning to do meal-prep — meaning preparing a week’s worth of lunches or dinners in one day — will help you stay on track rather than stopping for fast food because it’s easier, and it can help save you money, too.
Staying fit and keeping your mental health on track is imperative in our fast-moving world, so talk to your doctor about any concerns and schedule regular checkups to ensure that you’re on the right track. Talk to your family members about your needs and give them tips on how they, too, can live a healthier lifestyle.