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Take care of your body.

It’s the only place you have to live.

Jim Rohn

Your well being should be a priority in your life. However, many people place their own health on the back burner, leaving it unattended until it boils over on them or their loved ones. Health seems to be something that is very largely taken for granted. You feel invincible until it fails you. This is clearly a wrong-way attitude. If you take preventative action, you will certainly not only feel better, but your body will thank you by adding years onto your life! As Mr. Monk says., “You’ll thank me later.”

Work to improve your health for the correct reasons

It is no secret that many Americans are overweight. As a result, more people than ever are trying to slim down. The problem is that many of these people are not trying to lose weight for the right reasons. If you need to lose weight, be sure that you are doing it for yourself, and not for someone else.

Losing weight goes much deeper that your superficial appearance. Do not work to lose weight only in order to look good, but so that your overall health and wellness will be improved.

When you try to improve yourself for other people, it is very easy to lose sight of your motivation if the nature and tenor of your relationship changes. The motivation needs to be within you, not someone else. The deeper your commitment is to your health, the more difficult it is to cheat on a diet or forgo your exercise routine.

It is also important to realize that you must love yourself first before anyone else will. People are drawn to other people who display self-confidence and self-respect. When you care about your well being, not only will you take better care of yourself, but others will be more likely to do the same.

Where do I start?

1. Check in with your physician. If you have not been to see your doctor in a while or are in need of an annual checkup, start by making an appointment to get your health evaluated before you embark on this journey. This will give you a good, solid foundation for what healthy improvements you need to make.

2. Easy exercise. Find an exercise routine or program that you can incorporate regularly into your current lifestyle. It can be as easy, and as simple as going for a walk. Just put on your shoes and get your behind outdoors. The fresh air and the walk will do wonders for your health, both physical and mental.

3. Alter your diet. Make some changes in your diet. Try reducing your consumption of red meat, refined sugars and alcohol for starters. Increase your fresh fruit and vegetable intake. Be sure to start off each day with a healthy breakfast and avoid skipping. Drink plenty of water throughout the course of the day as well. Why?

  • When you eat poorly, you are doing yourself a huge disservice. You are what you eat, after all. If you eat unhealthy foods, you will wind up unhealthy with chronic health problems like elevated cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), or diabetes, just to name a few.
  • The healthier foods you eat, the better you will feel and the stronger you will become.

4. Relax. Make time to relax. It is vitally important that you take care of your mental health, also, by incorporating relaxation techniques into your lifestyle. Regular relaxation helps reduce stress and anxiety and recharges you so that you can bring more energy and passion to all areas of your life.

  • Consider taking up yoga or meditation.
  • Find time to pursue hobbies that you enjoy to help bring you contentment and happiness.

If you take good care of yourself, you will be able to enjoy your life to its fullest. Try a couple of these tips to improve your health and begin to put yourself first. Following a good wellness plan will help keep you fit and boost your energy!

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