Mental health goes hand in hand with physical fitness. In fact, mental and physical health are interconnected. Exercising can help elevate your mood and improve your physical health. But having a poor self-image can also lead to eating disorders, and consequently malnutrition and depression.
Thus it is very important for you to pay attention to both your mental and physical health for a healthier you.
With good physical health comes a whole host of benefits – from keeping your weight in check, to lowering your risk of getting heart disease and other chronic diseases, and to keeping your mood up.
However, maintaining a healthy body requires commitment. The results do not manifest overnight, so you need to be patient and your perseverance will pay off in the long run.
Here are some tips to keep you in the pink of health:
1. Move it!
Incorporate exercise into your daily life through various physical activities. 30 minutes a day of physical activity, 5 times or more a week will do you wonders. Even if you are very busy, make time for it. Here is what you can do:
- Dance to your favourite songs
- Walk briskly at the park
- Walk to work
- Skip the elevator and take the stairs
- Cycle to the grocery store
- Mop vigorously
- Do jumping jacks as you watch television
2. Get Physical
Create a regular workout routine for yourself. It can be jogging, swimming, or cycling. Try different types of exercises for variety and also for the different benefits that it can bring.
Exercising does not have to be a lonely activity. Get your friends to join in some group sports, such as badminton, basketball or tennis.
You can even pick up a new sport like inline skating.
3. Eat Well
You are what you eat. Stay away from junk food, and keep your body healthy by maintaining a balanced diet. Use the Healthy Diet Pyramid to make healthier food choices for yourself.
4. Rest Well
Resting is just as important as exercising. Do your workouts on alternate days to prevent unnecessary straining or injuries to muscles.
Make sure you get enough sleep so that you will be ready to tackle new challenges the next day.
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