How to Take Care of Your Own Physical Health

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Physical health has a huge impact on overall health. However, many people don’t take care of themselves until a health issue pops up. Making healthy changes can seem daunting, but here are a few steps you can take now to protect your health in the future.

 

Tips to Improve Your Physical Health

 

1.      Exercise:

 

Exercise is an important component to maintaining your physical health. Being physically active for at least thirty minutes five days a week can significantly improve your physical health.

Studies have shown physical activity can reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Furthermore, exercise releases endorphins, also known as feel-good hormones. Training also provides you with more energy for other activities. Making time to exercise is very important, so try to do it daily. If you haven’t exercised in a while, ask your doctor to recommend activities to get started.

 

2.      Follow a healthy diet:

 

A healthy diet is another way to take care of your physical health. Fatty and greasy foods can clog your arteries and cause fatigue. While we can enjoy the occasional hamburger, we mustn’t consume them daily. When we follow a healthier diet, we often have more energy, which allows us to do more. Lean meats, fruits, and vegetables should be included in our diet.

It is also critical to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary sodas and alcohol.

 

3.      Practice good daily hygiene:

 

A third way to look after your physical health is to practice good hygiene on a daily basis.

This can be challenging, especially if you’re a new parent or have small children. Trying to squeeze a shower in can seem impossible. You might want to try getting up earlier than the rest of the family to start the day fresh.

Also, one of the most overlooked aspects of physical care is oral hygiene. While most people brush their teeth every day, very few floss daily. Some also skip brushing and flossing before going to bed. Good hygiene makes you look and feel better.

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An illustration depicts five rectangles featuring five diverse individuals engaging in activities to help them improve their physical health. Illustration by Adam Rogers.
4.      Get enough rest:

 

Getting enough sleep is the most basic way to improve your physical health. You should ideally get at least seven to nine hours of sleep per twenty-four-hour period. That’s easier said than done, especially if you have small children or a long to-do list, but sleep should be one of your top priorities.

Everything else will be easier as a result. If you want to track your sleep patterns each night, invest in a wearable fitness tracker that can detect your sleep patterns.

 

5.      Take your vitamins and supplements as directed:

 

So, your diet isn’t perfect. Even if it was, with the way our food is produced nowadays, you are likely to require some additional supplements to fill in the gaps in your diet. It isn’t necessary to spend thousands of dollars on vitamins and supplements. You also don’t need to take them for everything. Ask your doctor for recommendations for your specific needs.

 

6.      Get regular exams:

 

Going to the doctor can be stressful, but preventive checkups can lead to fewer sick visits in the future. Visit the doctor at least once yearly for your annual physical. You should see your dentist twice a year. Also have your eyes checked on a regular basis. Most insurance plans cover these visits in full, so take advantage and have your overall health evaluated to ensure you are as healthy as you can be.

7.      Manage your stress:

 

Your physical and mental health can be inextricably linked. Your brain is your body’s control center. The more you are stressed, anxious, or afraid on a regular basis, the harder your body has to work to stay healthy. All the tips listed above can help you stay healthy, but if you’re chronically stressed and busy, your body will pay the price.

Always make time for yourself. Pursue your passions and hobbies and make self-care, rest, and relaxation a priority. Take some time each day to simply breathe and be. Learn how to manage stress and eliminate stressful situations in your life. Even if you can’t eliminate stress, you can at least change the way you react to it.

 

Healthy Changes for a Healthy Future

 

By practicing these physical care elements, your body will feel much better. They’ll also help reduce your doctor’s visits each year. Preventive maintenance for your body is especially important, so concentrate on keeping it in the best shape possible.

 

Do you do follow these tips on a regular basis? What other activities do you engage in to practice physical care?

 

Sources:

  1. Canadian Mental Health Association. “How Can I Take Care of My Physical Health?” HeretoHelp. Accessed July 8, 2022. https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/q-and-a/how-can-i-take-care-of-my-physical-health.
  2. “Physical Health: Taking Care of Your Body Helps Care for Your Mind.” LifeWorks. Published May 17, 2019. https://wellbeing.lifeworks.com/blog/physical-health-taking-care-of-your-body-helps-care-for-your-mind/.

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