Ideas for Improving Yourself Physically

How are you physically? Are you performing at your best? Or are you struggling with doing certain tasks throughout the week?

Our physical health affects a lot of the other areas of our life. For example, research shows that certain foods affect our mood. How much sleep and rest we get also influence our productivity and overall well-being. And if you’re married, you know that our general disposition can spell a huge difference on whether a misunderstanding blows up into a full-blown fight or not!

Joy and I have made important decisions in terms of our physical health. For one thing, we have shifted to a whole food, plant-based diet. We may not do it 100%, but I think we reach it about 70-80% of the time. We also committed to going on walks regularly, in addition to our personal exercise routines—jogging for me, Pilates for Joy.

In this post, we hope to share some of the important components of our physical health so you can think up specific goals to improve on this coming year.

When you set your goals for your physical health, it will be great to share them with your spouse. The two of you may not have exactly the same goals, but at least you can serve as each other’s accountability partner to help you reach whatever you want to achieve in this area of life. 
  
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5 Components for Improving Physical Health

Take a look at the following components and make plans for improving them, if needed:

1. Nutrition

How is your nutritional intake? Do you get enough fruits and veggies, or are you more of a junk food addict? How much sugary drinks do you consume each day?

Take a look at the kind of food you’ve been eating, and then set reasonable goals for the next few months to one year. For example, if you’re used to eating all meat at every meal, it may not be realistic to expect a drastic change to all vegetables within one month. Instead, plan for a gradual but sustainable change, perhaps by aiming to make half of each meal vegetables over the next three months.

For married couples, it’s crucial that you come into some sort of agreement about the food you will eat, because you will be eating most of your meals together and it can simplify meal preparation for whoever is in charge when you both eat relatively similar things.

2. Exercise

Are you an active person? Or do you spend eight hours a day sitting in front of a computer, and hardly getting any movement?

For exercise, set goals to make it a regular part of your life. At least thirty minutes a day, three to four times a week is ideal. Again, set your goals according to what’s realistic for you. If you’ve never done any exercising, brisk walking is a great way to start, as it is doable for even the least active of us, and requires only good walking shoes and no other equipment. Others enjoy playing sports.

Of course, we understand that husbands and wife usually are at different levels of physical fitness, but consider ways to exercise with your spouse. It may not be every time, but perhaps once a week, you can set a schedule of going on a walk or hike together. That way, it becomes part of your shared goals.

3. Rest and Sleep

In many books about mental health, sleep is considered one of the biggest culprits for emotional instability. Do you get enough sleep and rest?

Research shows that when you go to sleep before midnight, your body replenishes itself better than going to bed after midnight despite getting the same number of hours of sleep. Also, scientific studies show that getting exposure to morning sun helps regulate our sleeping patterns. Think about your sleeping routine and sunshine exposure and set goals accordingly.

4. Substances

Another important area of our physical health is the substances we consume. Do you smoke? Drink? Research on what is good for your physical health and make adjustments if necessary. If you find yourself addicted to certain substances and needing help, make a schedule to contact the appropriate groups to help you kick the habit.

5. Supplementation

Sometimes, we make the mistake of thinking that we can just eat healthy and we will naturally be healthy. The problem is, our fruits and veggies these days do not contain the same level of nutrients that they did a few decades ago, owing to the depletion of soil and many other factors. This is why supplementation may be necessary to avoid deficiency in micronutrients that our bodies need to function properly.

Consider talking to a healthcare expert if you feel this may be an area of concern for you, so you can set goals in this area.

Setting Physical Goals Together

When you set your goals for your physical health, it will be great to share them with your spouse. The two of you may not have exactly the same goals, but at least you can serve as each other’s accountability partner to help you reach whatever you want to achieve in this area of life.

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