If you dont take care of your body, where will you live? This is a real question that we should be asking ourselves. Everything we do occurs through the body, and neglecting health can greatly compromise daily function. The physical body is an amazing gift, and high achievement and extraordinary results require considerable energy. Unfortunately most of us take our bodies for granted. It is often not until something goes wrong that we recognize our physical well being as an essential, personal priority.
There are three key areas which may be adversely affecting the quality of your life. Give these areas focus and live with more passion, drive and energy. The human body is amazing biological machine, and it needs to be treated that way to perform its best.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Healthy Food choices provide the body with energy to function properly
- Making time for movement can decrease stress levels, prevent illness and improve brain function.
- Sleep is critical to function, and improves the effectiveness of the hours you have in the day.
Healthy Food Choices provide the body with energy to function properly
Eating a nutrient rich diet is vital for good health and wellbeing. Healthy food choices provide the body with the energy it needs to function and perform its best. You can’t perform on empty calories, and you can’t run at all on an empty tank. This makes nutrition an important consideration. Personal energy mismanagement is one of the biggest silent thieves of productivity.
Depending on goals and lifestyle, the proper balance of macronutrients and micronutrients will help the body perform at peak levels when needed. Proper nutrition can improve workplace performance, allowing the brain to remain focused and maintain energy levels over extended periods of time. Proper nutrition is also the key determining factor to body composition, and physical performance levels.
Making the change to focus on healthy eating will allow you to have more energy to get more out of the day. Ways you can take advantage of the benefits of healthy eating include making sure that you do not miss meals, and focussing on a diet based on whole foods with the proper micronutrients and macronutrients that your body needs.
Making time for movement can decrease stress levels, prevent illness and improve brain function.
The human body is meant to move. Taking advantage of adding exercise to your lifestyle will help improve brain function, decrease stress levels, prevent illness, improve body composition, and help increase strength and endurance levels.
As we get older degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s kill off brain cells. This causes the brain to lose function in areas related to memory and learning. Exercise has been shown (especially between ages 25 to 45) to boost chemicals in the brain that prevent degenerative disease. Research has also shown that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells, and improve overall brain performance in areas related to decision making, memory, higher thinking and learning.
Taking steps towards goals, and achieving extraordinary results at anything requires you to face adversity. Taking the time to challenge yourself each day with exercise can improve mental health and help you handle much more adversity. Not to mention exercise releases feel good chemicals in the body which create happiness and euphoria.
Sleep is critical to function, and improves the effectiveness of the hours you have in the day.
The current generation is in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis, writes Arianna Huffington co-founder and chief editor of the Huffington Post. Only by renewing our relationship with sleep are we able to take back control of our lives. We live in a generation where we pride ourselves on how hard we work, and how little we sleep. This mindset is far from effective. How effective we are with the hours we have in the day is a much more important consideration.
When we forgot to pay close attention to our energy levels, and how we can effectively manage them through proper sleep, we are effectively holding ourselves back from optimal amounts of energy. When we fail to properly consider, and manage personal energy we are stealing from our future. Failing to manage personal energy leads to the predictable outcome of slowly running out of gas, and eventually crashing and burning. This leaves less time to spend on ourselves, and do the things that we enjoy. Stealing energy from the future is taking one step forward, and two steps backward.
Caffeine has become a popular “band-aid” to hide the effects of sleep deprivation but this solution is short term, and quickly loses effectiveness.
For more information on how to effectively consume caffeine, check out our article on “The most effective way to consume caffeine”
The body is an amazing biological machine, treat it that way
To perform optimally and live life to the fullest potential take care of the amazing biological machine that the human body is. Consider it the vehicle to take you where you want to be. With the right fuel, exercise, and sleep the body will perform the absolute best against the demands life has to offer, while enjoying a heightened quality of life.
The human body is no different than a high performance vehicle, which needs to be properly fueled, and maintained in order to perform optimally. Failure to perform proper preventative maintenance on this vehicle leave it dead on the side of the road. The only difference is that life is a never ending road trip that the body takes. We only get one body, and it is irreplaceable for our lifespan. Not to mention, it is much more difficult to repair once problems arise. Medical procedures are difficult and can be costly. After medical procedures, things rarely are back to what they once were; when the body was healthy. Dangerous disregard for your health will not leave you with positive outcomes to look forward to.
Change your habits for the better, and change your life. It can all begin with a step forward today. Thank you for reading, stay tuned. We will dive deep into each of these habits providing content on how you can continue to succeed and live healthier.