Have you fallen into an exercise rut? Have you been spending too much time on the comfort of your sofa? The side effects of a sedentary life style include high blood pressure, onset diabetes, lack of motivation and lethargy. It’s understandable to crawl back to the safety of the sofa given the near constant blare from every major media outlet on the virtues of the latest crash diet or extreme exercise regime. At best the results are short lived, at worst, these extreme actions can send one to the emergency room. Total body wellness has three key components. Physical fitness, healthy eating choices and strong relationships are all vital for total body wellness. Follow these back to basics recommendations from the wellness experts to start your journey towards total body wellness.
Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a pair of quality athletic shoes from the huge selection available from Merrell. Commit to taking a thirty minute walk each day. Considering the amount of time you’ve no doubt been spending on the sofa, carving out a mere thirty minutes a day for a brisk walk should not be a problem. The side effects of regular physical activity include an increase in motivation, elevated energy levels and increased muscle strength. Consider the time spent walking each day as a gift yourself ad a gift to your long term health. Don’t focus on speed or distance, but duration. The over –arching goal is to establish a habit of daily activity. More simply put – just get moving. Gardening, housekeeping, kayaking and dancing are all forms of physical activity that elevate your heart rate and increase your metabolic rate.
Don’t sabotage your new found exercise routine with poor eating choices. The two greatest changes you can make in food choices are the elimination of fast food meals and sugary sodas. The body is simply not designed to process copious amounts of added sugars and sodium. Digestive issues, bloating, weight gain and high blood pressure are all side effects of excess sugar and sodium. Substitute these choices with lean proteins and vegetable as well as water flavored with lemon or lime slices.
Finally, pick up the phone and call a friend or family member to schedule a lunch, dinner or a simple get together for a cup of coffee. Invest in your relationships and they will pay back in spades. Best of luck to you on your journey to total body wellness!