Your body is the most precious thing that you own. Yet sometimes, it can be the thing we take care of the least. When we treat our bodies poorly, we suffer. Our tempers flare more easily and our hearts are less generous. Physically, we are tired and weak. In this state, how could we possibly be fill ourselves with love and put ourselves first?!
As I get older, I’m becoming more and more aware of how important taking care of my body really is. I’m learning to appreciate what my body is capable of. And because of this, I am reminded of why proper maintenance, regular attention and discipline are so important.
So often is the case that, during the warmer months it’s easier to get outside and be active. But as daylight hours slowly shorten and our schedules become ever more booked, it is too easy to allow our fitness and wellness to fall by the wayside.
Today, I challenge you to treat your body as a temple. While it’s assumed exercise is involved, it is also important to keep in mind all the other ways you can take care of your body! Here’s a list of ideas to get you started:
Treat Your Body Like A Temple
Keep It Healthy
You’ve heard it many time before, but do you actually pay attention to what you eat? Consider taking out all the over-processed food from your diet. Increase your fiber and protein intake. Try to get a proper serving of fruits and veggies each day. Remember to take vitamins in the morning. Choose water over soda (my biggest issue at the moment).
Give your temple the finest offerings. Show up for your meals and take notice of how the foods you are eating make you feel. Tune into which foods make your feel good, nourished and satisfied. Eat meals more slowly and avoid eating to feel stuffed.
Keeping your body healthy on the outside is just as important! Good personal hygiene is essential to good health. Floss when you actually remember to do so. Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day. Stop neglecting your personal hygiene and form good, healthy habits.
Keep It Active
If you beat yourself up while running on the elliptical at the gym, comparing yourself to all the other ‘perfect’ bodies in the room, you’re kind of defeating the purpose. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to an exercise regimen. Move your body to feel good! Not just to slim down or tone up.
If you are moving in a way to punish or change your body, you won’t find any love in exercise. Physical activity isn’t just about looking good. It’s about feeling good, inside and out.
So ditch the spin class if you hate it and try something new. Take a walk instead and get in touch with nature. Do what makes you feel good, so that you can sustain and maintain your fitness for life. Go into exercise with the intention to honor and love your body.
Present It With Dignity
Present yourself in a manner that is worthy and dressing in a way that represents your values. Wear clothes that fit and flatter your body. Start using organic beauty products and maybe even go a couple days without makeup!
Think about your actions and the words you speak. Are they reflective of how you want to be perceived? This includes not letting our bodies be treated in a way that’s undignified, and not giving ourselves away sexually or using our bodies in a unhealthy manner.
Nourish your body. What we put into our bodies matters — what we eat, how we move and how we engage with the world around us directly affects how we are able to perform intellectually, emotionally and physically. When we are taking good care of our bodies, it shows. We are able to manifest the lives that we want, we feel good and we treat ourselves and those around us with compassion and respect.
You have been entrusted with the precious gift of a body! So spend some time to research and experiment with different combinations of food, living habits and exercise to see what works best for you and your lifestyle.
Think of all your body does for you. It powers us through our passion, supports us through difficult times and guides us through happy moments with friends and family. It comforts our loved ones, gives our lovers sensual sex, and supports us in that new skill we’re working on. It’s the conduit for our soul that carries us through the years. To care for it is an honor and a privilege.
We only get one. So start treating your body like a temple!
+Like you, I am still working on adopting healthy habits. What can you add to the healthy habits list? What habits are your greatest challenge? Lemme know in the comments below!
Much love and good luck