Your body is the most precious thing that you own. Yet sometimes, it can be the thing we take care of the least. And 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, it makes
As I get older, I’m becoming 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 a little discipline are very important for not only my body to function properly, but also my mind.
During the warmer months, it’s easier to get outside and be active. But as daylight hours slowly shorten and our schedules become packed with things to do and people to see, it’s easy to allow our fitness and wellness fall by the wayside. But 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.
So today, I challenge you to start paying attention to how well you are taking care of your body. 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 quick list of ideas to get you started:
Keep It Healthy
We all know it’s important to eat healthy, but do you actually pay attention to what you eat? As much as I’d like to say yes . . . I know I can improve when it comes to my eating habits. But simple actions like taking out all the over-processed food from our diet, increasing our fiber and protein intake, staying hydrated, and making sure we are getting the proper vitamins and nutrients can really help fuel our bodies to function properly. (One of my biggest issues at the moment is trying to refrain from reaching for a soda and, instead, grabbing a glass of water.)
Show up for your meals and take notice of how the foods you are eating make you feel. Tune into which foods make you feel good, nourished and satisfied. Take your time eating and avoid eating to the point of feeling like you have a food baby. And 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. Keep up with washing you face, hair and body, and form good, healthy habits that will keep your body in tip-top shape.
Another aspect to think about for keeping our bodies healthy is looking at our sleeping habits. It’s easy to ignore our need for sleep when our to-do list seems never-ending, but “not enough sleep and rest can cause a lot of stress, and thus, an inability of our bodies to function well,” says Marianna Glynska in an article on Huffington Post. So take this weekend, take some time to turn your bedroom into a serene space and start implementing a nightly routine that helps you to wind down and go to bed at a reasonable hour. And on the days you feel like you’re running on empty, take a nap if you need to (and don’t feel guilty about it!). Your body will thank you for it.
Keep It Active
“Treating our bodies with something both pleasant and useful would be of great benefit as well,” adds Glynska. So running yourself into the ground on the elliptical is kind of defeating the purpose when it comes to caring for your body. Getting and staying active is about feeling good, inside and out — not just to slim down or tone up. Go into exercise with the intention to honor and love your body.
Ditch the spin class if you hate it and try taking a walk instead to get in touch with nature. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to an exercise regimen, but it’s important to find some sort of physical activity that you enjoy so you can sustain and maintain your fitness. Glynska also says to “consider going to a massage therapist from time to time” or “going to the sauna or spa salon — anything that is good for your body will work.”
Present It With Dignity
Another aspect to think about is how your presenting your body to the world around you. Dress in a way that represents your values, wear clothes that fit and flatter your body, and start looking at the ingredients in your beauty products.
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.
How we take care of 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 exercises to see what works best for you and your lifestyle.
+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