Your body’s a temple. However, temples can crumble and decay if they’re not cared for, and your body is no different. Taking care of your body is basically constant work- it is ultimately the basis of everything you do every day, whether you realize it or not.
Sure, you can technically live if you sit around eating bread and water all day, blowing cash with no deposit codes at Fair Go, but your temple will look more like a junkyard than the Taj Mahal. No, to really take care of yourself you’re gonna have to invest a lot more than that – and you probably already do to some extent. But, you can always do better.
Be better. Live healthier.
Yeah, I know. It’s not exactly a get-rich-quick scheme, but it’s effective. Exercise is one of the best things you can do to keep your body in working order.
Aside from the outright muscular benefits, exercise is associated with all sorts of health benefits, and countering obesity prevents even more. Heart attacks, strokes, possibly even cancer- your chances of getting any of these and more go down significantly with even a little exercise every day.
Just do something to get your heart pumping is enough. Jumping jacks. Mountain climbers. Jogging. Just something.
I haven’t even started to talk about the mental benefits of exercise. Exercise does wonders for your mental well being in all sorts of ways. You’ll end up more focused, you’ll perform better on tests and exams, and you’ll feel way better afterward.
Hard to believe, right? Exercise is a chore, you end up hurt and exhausted, so can someone possibly feel better afterward?
Well, I won’t get into the nitty-gritty of the science, but the basic idea is that during a workout, your body releases chemicals to counter-pain from muscle use, which is a byproduct of humans evolving to be better runners.
These chemicals act like dopamine, making you feel good, and even have anti-depressant qualities. 100% natural anti-depressants, without psychotic side-effects! And all you have to do is go for a run!
Rest and Relaxation
Now, this may sound more like your groove. Surprisingly though, most people don’t really know how to rest properly.
The first and easiest thing you can do is get into a good sleeping habit. I probably don’t have to explain to you why getting enough sleep is important, but a lot of people just… don’t. Lots of people stay up late, either staying out with friends or just chilling on their phones in bed.
Now don’t worry if you do exactly that, you’re not gonna keel over if you stay up late once in a while. But you should work on getting yourself into some better sleep habits.
It may hurt, but sometimes you have to tell your friends that you simply can’t go to that party, for your own health. If you find yourself getting glued to your phone before bed, I recommend setting your phone to turn off automatically after a certain time (for me, all my tech turns themselves off after ten PM).
Speaking of phones and gadgets, guess what else is bad for relaxing? Social media.
No, I don’t just mean that it as an elderly-boomer, “All this new fangled technology is ruinin’ the youths” kind of way. Social media really has been linked to increased anxiety and stress, so just set a few hours aside every week or so where you shut your phone off and don’t go onto any kind of social media is healthy for your emotional well being.
It gives you a sense of grounding that lets you acknowledge that the world isn’t so crappy and on fire all the time, unlike what twats on twitter might be tweeting.
Now, if I’m gonna be honest, I think that basically everything we know about dietary requirements is wrong.
There’s just so much misinformation out there, from news companies that dramatize research papers to weirdos on the internet that keep their health intact through the use of essential oils. The only person you can really trust for any kind of credible information are licensed dietitians.
Now, since I’m just some guy on the internet, that’s about all the credible information I can give you. Go to someone who actually knows what the heck they’re talking about.
Although, that being said, there is one piece of advice I think I can give. Moderation. You see, rather than cutting out or adding in items to your diet, you should eat less of the foods you know are bad for you. I, at one point, was eating three bowls of cereal in the morning. I still eat cereal, but now I eat one bowlful in the morning.
Dieting is probably the hardest piece of advice that I’ve given in this entire article, at least for me. I love me a tasty burger. But being healthy is a lifestyle. You can’t reach a point of being “healthy” and then stop.
It’s a commitment.
And if you start now – right now, you’ll be so much better off for it later down the line.
Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it like one.