When it comes to managing our health, it’s true that many of us seek different and often valid ways of achieving our goals. For instance, one person may be morbidly obese, sure, but if they’re taking the time to get out and exercise each day, and they’re tracking their calories and have lost weight already, are they at all less impressive than the person who wakes up at 5am each morning and runs for six miles? We’re all focused on our own approach and goals, and comparisons are hardly a great way to cultivate this effort.
That said, there are certain ‘musts’ that are somewhat non-negotiable, or are so recommended in their necessity that they’re of paramount importance. This can often feel limiting, but actually, just like discipline, it can be very freeing to have these ‘musts’ in your life. So, as they relate to caring for our health, what definitions can we use? That’s always important to consider.
With the following advice, we’ll discuss this in some detail:
Lessen Your Vices, Like Smoking
It’s never a good idea to chastise yourself for the vices and indulgences you may have become accustomed to, but it is a good idea to lessen them or switch them for healthier substitutes. For instance, perhaps after tracking your calories using apps like MyFitnessPal, you can see just how much sugar you’re consuming in your diet.
Skipping deserts or switching out for healthier ingredients could be a great idea. After you’ve realized your potential predisposition for lung cancer, working on your smoking habits (and entirely stopping them) could be the call that gives you meaning. Sometimes, in order to be healthy, we have to get out of our own way.
Exercise In Whatever Way You Can Each Day
Our bodies have evolved to move, but that doesn’t mean you need to run six miles everyday to be healthy. Simply do what you can. Even if you have limited mobility, you may be able to stretch your arms, or go for a five-minute walk with your dog, or try and do a little assistance water-yoga at a local class.
Some days someone may go to the gym, or they may decide to foam roll, or simply do some squats before a big day in the office. In whatever way, make sure you do something in this respect. It really does help.
Learn About Nutrition & How To Cook
Learning about nutrition is the best way you can care for your body, because learning about what’ good to eat and what sustains you will naturally leave you aiming to get that intake as necessary. Learning about nutrition such as the food groups, what healthy fats are, how to limit your sugar and also how to be more confident in the kitchen will make a tremendous and profound difference going forward – to the point that the impact of this is hard to overstate.
With this advice, we hope you can improve your health over time with these essential ‘musts.’