HOW TO MASTER PHYSICAL HEALTH
To master physical health, is to know all its aspects and know them well!! There are five key aspects of physical health. They are sleep, eating well, physical activity, hygiene and relaxation.
The article The How To Of Proactive Health introduced you to them. The physical aspect is the first. Some would argue this is the most important aspect and I would argue differently. I believe intellectual health is the most important aspect and I will get into why another day. Today, I am going to tell you how to MASTER PHYSICAL HEALTH!
Many people believe to master something, you need to follow all of its guidelines, with perfect follow through and never waver. In fact, mastery, according to Oxford Languages is to have “comprehensive knowledge or skill in a subject or accomplishment.” Comprehensive knowledge is EXACTLY what Live Fat and Fit is working to bring you. All the knowledge you need to be able to move yourself towards improved health, wellness and living your best life, every day.
Living your best life every day, makes you the MASTER of your OWN WORLD!
There are TWO really important things to know about sleep. First, how much you need to feel well and second, the importance of IMPECCABLE SLEEP HYGIENE.
It is likely you know how much sleep you need to feel well. For me, I need a solid 8 hours or I am out of sorts completely.
How to get that sleep, is all about sleep hygiene. There are many sleep disorders that can cause issues with falling asleep, staying asleep, getting enough sleep, etc. PTSD interfered in my sleep many times. Regardless of the disorder, the solution is always the same … impeccable sleep hygiene and The Sleep Foundation site will give you a great definition. This is what it boils down to ….
- A bedroom environment and daily routine that promotes uninterrupted sleep.
- Maintaining a stable sleep schedule, ALWAYS.
- Following the same relaxing pre-bed routine, ALWAYS.
- Healthy habits, such as some exercise, meditation and self-care.
I am a firm believer most of us know what it means to eat well. Unfortunately, there are those of us who do not have the means to eat well and this is another problem altogether. My priority with eating habits is always MODERATION. If you are looking for more specific tips, go through The Proactive Tip List You Need. The 100 tips include most of the food-related advice I could give you!
Simply put, ALL BODIES MUST MOVE. I know some of you may be differently abled and if that is the case, let me help you by emailing me at email@example.com. The Movement On Video page can help you start a stretching practice. You do not need to be super fit, you do not need to play a sport. You need to be practically fit, able to move to do all the things YOUR life requires and keep moving to KEEP IT THAT WAY!
Practical fitness encompasses two things.
- You are able to do all the things your life requires without pain etc., stairs, walking, bathe, work.
- You build opportunities into your day to help maintain that ability.
I have written a lot here about practical fitness. Use the keywords practical fitness in the search above to find practical fitness instruction.
Hygiene and health go hand in hand. Taking action to maintain health and to prevent disease is hygiene’s job. Again, there are two types of hygiene to think about. The obvious is the daily hygiene tasks such as bathing, tooth brushing, flossing, washing hands (oh so important right now) and the not so obvious things like dental appointments, eye exams, seeing your doctor quickly if not feeling well and the most important, MENTAL HYGIENE. I will cover mental hygiene in detail when we talk about spiritual and intellectual health, but I want to stress that putting some elements into practice will go a long way in helping with physical health.
What do you do EVERY DAY to relax? My relaxation at the end of the day is a huge part of my sleep hygiene. Without a good amount of rest and relaxation in the evening, my body has a very difficult time shutting down. Relaxation is highly personal. Some people like rest for relaxation, while others like to do physical activities. I have sisters, for example, who find gardening very relaxing. We all need something to reenergize us.
Learning to nap is a highly suggested way to increase relaxation. Daytime napping can increase your alertness, improve creativity, enhance your sex life and so much more. Sleep Foundation has a great article regarding the pros and cons of napping. Sleep Foundation is my go to site for all things sleep related.
Relaxation is not only important for the mind. Meditation, walking, gentle yoga, are all good for the mind, but also very good for the PHYSICAL body. Muscles become tense with stress and headaches and hormone fluctuation can result. Times are busy. There are always things to do, remember to take care of yourself with some relaxation as often as possible and best practice is to schedule it!
BE THE MASTER OF YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH
Often we do not become the masters of our own physical health because we are so busy taking care of others!
I want you to think about this … if you are not well, if you are not taking care of you, if you do not become the master of your physical health …
- who will?
- how can you care for your loved ones, if you are not well?
It can be overwhelming, I know and you may or may not be able to do all you would if you did not have other obligations. We all have others in our lives and we all want to do our best by them. Start by doing the best you can for yourself. Go to The Proactive Health Tip List You Need NOW! Find ONE and only ONE tip you can put to use and begin! By doing this one thing, you are becoming the master of your own physical health AND YOU WILL feel better for it immediately AND IN SO MANY WAYS. Let yourself SHINE!