Taking Care Of Your Body

Taking care of your body can be a daunting task. It seems like there’s so much conflicting information out there about what the best exercise is or what the best diet is that sometimes it’s easier to just not worry about it. This would definitely be the easiest (but most harmful) attitude to have about the large amount of information we have in regards to taking care of our bodies. In the spirit of being a little less overwhelming and more general in terms of discussing what to do to take care of our bodies, here are a few generic tips that, while making all of these changes at once might seem overwhelming, aren’t so specific that they make you want to scream ‘No one can afford to eat only blueberries for a straight month.’

  1. One of the most important aspects of taking care of your body (and one of the most abused, if I do say so myself) is getting enough sleep. With the crazy hectic world we live in, getting enough sleep can be a challenge, and one that might seem a little less noble and valiant than doing the things that require sleep sacrifice like working or staying out late.
  2. Eat healthy. Seriously. As someone who had a 24 ounce bottle of Mountain Dew and a package of Hostess donuts for breakfast every single morning of my entire high school career, I know from experience that changing your diet to include mostly (notice I said mostly, not entirely) healthy foods and moderate portions is one of the best ways you can take care of your body. Don’t go too extreme though- treating yourself every now and then keeps you from splurging later.
  3. Exercise! I can honestly say that getting enough exercise is probably the most difficult thing for me to do. Running hurts me in ways that I have yet to find anyone else complain of, and lifting weights is embarrassing because I’m so weak to begin with that I have to start with 4 pounds. Luckily, there are tons of totally doable options for exercise, even for me. Swimming is extremely low impact and works muscles I didn’t even know I had, and doing 20 minute intense cardio or ab workouts every day (p90x and Insanity are my favorites) is much easier for me to do because not only do I know when it’ll end, when I’m done I’m in the exact same place I started. Find what type of exercise works best for you, or better yet multiple types, and switch them up so you don’t get bored or end up only working certain muscles.
  4. Take care of any issues that need medical attention. Sure, you’ll go to the emergency room to get stitches or to the doctor if you’re experiencing a horrible rash, but what about taking care of neck pain or backaches? While they don’t seem as urgent, neck and back pain can affect other areas of your life like getting enough sleep and being able to exercise.  And there are plenty of options out there. Places like Adjust4Life use more than just chiropractic and you’d be surprised at how many effective non-surgical options are out there.
  5. Minimize stress – Do whatever you can to minimize the amount of stress in your life. Find something that helps you relax. It can be anything from meditation to coloring in a coloring book (seriously, that’s what I do and it works).

True, there are about a million more things that can be done to take care of your body, but these 5 are a great place to start.