Tips for Total Body Wellness

Body Wellness

Have you been feeling lethargic, bloated and generally unmotivated lately?  These are classic symptoms of a diet gone awry, insufficient physical activity and social isolation. It’s all too easy to turn off the constant barrage of wellness advice blaring from nearly every major media outlet. Not only can it be overwhelming, it can also be very misleading. There are three primary components of total body wellness and they are all preventive in nature. Adequate physical activity, smart meal choices and strong relationships are all fundamental to our total body wellness. Follow these recommendations from the wellness experts to begin your journey towards total body wellness.

Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a pair of comfortable athletic shoes from the huge selection offered by Under Armour. Dismiss the barrage of advice touting extreme exercise programs. Anything that is extreme is not only unsustainable, but extreme exercise invites injury. Exercise programs are not a one size fits all. In order to last, the first goal of any program should be to start slowly with an eye on developing long term habits. Commit to walking each day for thirty minutes. Take along your favorite tunes, pod casts, audible books, canine or like-minded buddy.  While it’s important to maintain a brisk pace, more focus should be placed on duration than speed or distance. Those components will follow as healthy habits are developed. After a few short weeks of regular brisk walks, you’ll begin to feel an increase in stamina, motivation and muscle strength. These are exactly the side effect you’re looking for. Slowly begin to introduce speed bursts of two minutes every three minutes for the duration of your walk. Programming an activity tracker will help with this process. The goal is to increase the heart rate which elevates the metabolism.

Body WellnessThe second component of the wellness program is developing quality eating habits. The single greatest gift you can give your body is the elimination of fast food meals and sugary sodas. The body is simply not designed to metabolize excess quantities of sodium and sugar. High blood pressure, weight gain and onset diabetes can be the result.  Develop the habit of drinking water flavored with lemon or lime slices. Select fresh vegetables and lean proteins. Quantity is just as important as quality. Protein portions should be roughly the size of your fist while vegetable portions should be roughly the size of your open palm. Finally, pick up the phone and call a friend or family member to schedule a lunch, coffee or long walk. Reconnecting with those near and dear to us, and actually emotionally investing in those relationship, is the third wheel of total body wellness. Those investments will pay rich dividends for decades to come.