There are lots of little ways to show your body a little lovin’ that you may not have realised. Maybe you thought you were neglecting your body but after reading our guide below, you may discover you were doing the right thing after all. Check out our 1 to 8 ways to nourish your body.
1. Get up & Move
Just 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of disease and increase bone density. Moderate daily exercise supports your body’s production of antibodies and white blood cells. Helping your body fight off viruses and other pathogens more efficiently.
TAKE ACTION: Make a plan. Begin writing a five-week schedule of workouts Cross-train. Incorporate aerobic exercise, strength training, core exercises and balance. Have FUN! Dance it OUT! Put on your favourite dance music and shake your body to the groove.
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2. Stretch It Out
Regular stretching not only helps you increase your flexibility, but it can also improve your posture, reduce stress and body aches. You will be able to perform your everyday activities with relative ease, but also delay reduced mobility that comes with aging.
TAKE ACTION: Hold a stretch in a comfortable position for 10 to 30 seconds. This is called a ‘static’ stretch. Dynamic stretch is an active movement that is not held in the end position. This type of stretch is typically done before exercise to prepare your muscles. Static stretches are done after a workout to reduce risk of injury.
Random Fact: We have over 600 muscles in our bodies and they all run in different directions.
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3. Treat Yourself
It is okay to pamper yourself. Try a sheet facial mask or try an at home hair treatment. Make yourself feel special. It is important to take steps to do things that practice good body positivity for your mental and physical health.
TAKE ACTION: Book a massage. Massage therapy is one of the oldest healing traditions. There are a wide variety that use different techniques, pressure, and intensity. It can be used for relaxation purposes or helping treat an ailment of some description.
Your brain needs a workout as well. People who read 30 minutes a day have been noted to have a life expectancy 2 years longer than those who do not. Reading also keeps your mind active in your later years. The elderly who read or play mentally challenging games are two and a half times less likely to develop Alzheimer's.
TAKE ACTION: Visit a community library and check out a book. Work reading a few pages before bed as a part of your nightly routine. It will also help you sleep.
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Our bodies need water for every cellular process every second of the day. Caffeine is a diuretic which means you will pee out more than what you originally drank. Drinking caffeinated drinks in excess will reverse the consumption of water. Aim to drink 30mL per kg of your bodyweight. If you tend to sweat more or exercise drink more than the average person.
TAKE ACTION: Buy a water bottle and mark it with different times of the day to reach your water drinking goals. Take sips of water more frequently so it won’t feel like such a task to drink that much.
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6. Catch Some Rays
For many of us our jobs are inside and keeps us from natural daylight. Increased exposure to sunlight can increase the brain’s release of the hormone serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping you feel calm and focused. Sunlight also helps your skin produce vitamin D.
TAKE ACTION: Getting anywhere between 5 to 15 minutes of sunlight on your arms, hands, and face two to three times a week is enough to enjoy the vitamin D boosting benefits of the sun.
Random Fact: There is evidence that shows that there is a link between low Vitamin D levels and dementia.
7. Laugh Out Loud
There are a lot of benefits to laughing. Laughing reduces stress levels, can be a great cardio workout. Your abs contract in the same way as an ab exercise when you laugh and laughing releases endorphins which is a body’s natural painkiller.
TAKE ACTION: Watch a funny movie.
Random Fact: Laughing 10 to 15 minutes burns between 10 and 40 calories.
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8. Eat nutritious & delicious food
We all know it's important to eat healthy food, but it also must be tasty as well. Or else we are less likely to eat healthily. Food can be broken down into five major food groups. It is important to choose a variety of foods within each food group and not overly processed foods.
TAKE ACTION: Try a new recipe.
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