by Nora Wallace Walsh
If there is one thing you can have control over in this world, it is your health and fitness. You determine how much sleep you get, what you eat, and how active you are. Yes, there are plenty of excuses that can get in your way to living your healthiest life, but in a world where you may feel little control, think about what you can do to make a difference in your own life.
A 30-minute walk will give you a lot more benefit than watching the nightly news. Spending time with friends and loved ones will make you feel better than watching your stock portfolio fluctuate on a daily basis. It is so easy to get caught up in the negativity that surrounds you. This month try to do things to distance yourself from the negativity and do things that will help improve your health.
Studies have shown that being happy can protect you from becoming ill. Researchers say that the effect of happiness on lifespan is about as strong as not smoking. It has also been found that people who report being happy and satisfied with their lives are more likely to enjoy good health and fewer long-term, limiting health concerns.
What can you do today to create happiness in your life and improve your overall health?
Even with a down economy, reports show that people are taking better care of themselves. More people are watching their spending, which has led them to cook more at home instead of eating out and cut down on vices like smoking and drinking. People are also spending more time with friends and loved ones, which is providing a social support that has been linked to good health. Physical activity is also on the rise as more people are finding stress relief from working out.
This is a perfect time to start taking better care of yourself. Exercise and healthy eating will help boost your confidence and self esteem. Working out will definitely help you overcome challenges and reduce stress and anxiety. It can help you keep a more positive outlook on your current situation and can help make you feel better through an increase in endorphins. You could also experience less short and long-term health care costs.
There are many things you can do to stay healthy and in shape without spending money to do so. It is important to concentrate on your fitness goals and how you achieve them. Here are a few quick tips to help you achieve your goals without breaking your budget.
Take advantage of every opportunity you have to move. Take a daily walk in your neighborhood or local park. Wear a pedometer and add up your daily steps to reach your goal.
Make a workout out of household chores. Gardening for 30 minutes can burn approximately 145 calories. Doing moderate household chores like cleaning and laundry can burn as many as 125 calories in 30 minutes.
Play with your kids. Join in a game of tag or kickball. Dance, take a hike or a family bike ride.
You can get a great strength workout using just your own body weight or inexpensive resistance tubing. You can also use cans of soup as free weights.
There is no reason to neglect your health in tough economic times. There are plenty of low-cost opportunities. If you need help finding something that will work for you, call me for a free consultation.
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