The most important possession we own is our health. Without good health,
we would not be able to go places we wanted to go, do the things we desire,
or accomplish our goals. As processed foods and convenience have become
so prevalent in the everyday American culture, many of us have seemingly
forgotten about the condition of our bodies and have established poor
habits along the way. This can lead to an increase in susceptibility to
illness, shorter life expectancy, and lessened stamina. Fortunately, there
are many things that people can do to improve their health and get back
on the path to wellness.
The following tips can all help you improve your health:
1. Watch your diet: Sugary, processed foods are void of nutrients and have addictive qualities
that wreak havoc on a person’s health. Keep an eye on everything
you consume and examine its contents. Stay away from foods that are high
in fat, sugar, and sodium in favor of whole grains, organic fruits and
vegetables, and lean meats. Cook your own meals whenever possible and
steer clear of too much fast food. Your body will thank you for it!
2. Drink water: Our cells are like plants in that they start to wither without a sufficient
supply of water. In fact, our bodies are composed of about 70% water.
What many people do not realize is that our bodies lose a fair amount
of water during sleep while breathing. To compensate, drink a glass of
water first thing in the morning to rehydrate and continue to drink water
at certain intervals throughout the day. Stay away from too many alcoholic
and caffeinated beverages, as these substances can cause your body to
lose more water than it takes in.
3. Get sufficient rest: Without sleep, our bodies can lose our natural circadian rhythm and start
to malfunction, suppressing our immune system and causing us to be more
susceptible to poor habits. Try to get a minimum of 8 hours of restful
sleep per night and go to bed at a consistent time every night to establish
a routine. Can’t sleep? Try listening to music, using a night mask,
or replacing your mattress to improve your ability to fall asleep.
4. Exercise: Adults are encouraged to engage in at least 2 ½ hours of moderately
intense exercise each week. Exercising for 30 minutes each day can help
you stay lean and keep your stamina up to par. Not a fan of the gym? Try
riding a bike, taking walks, or taking up a sport to stay active.
5. Quit smoking: Are you a smoker? One of the healthiest things you can do for your body
is to kick the habit. No matter how long you have smoked, it is never
too late to quit. Quitting smoking can help you to see immediate improvements
to your health and at any age by reducing your risk of heart disease,
cancer, and breathing problems such as asthma and emphysema. Many states
offer free programs to help you quit smoking, making it so you will never
have to face this struggle alone.
Fellowship-Certified Physical Therapists in Monmouth
One of the greatest benefits of staying in good shape is that it can help
your body recover from injuries more quickly. If you should ever experience
an injury and require
physical therapy, a Monmouth physical therapist from ProFysio Physical Therapy can
guide you step-by-step through your recovery towards a pain-free future.
With individualized care plans and state-of-the-art technology, we can
help you overcome your ailments and help you get back towards a healthy,
For more information, call us at (732) 333-6360 or
schedule an appointment online today.