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by Eric Claussen (NASM-CPT)
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Relationships: Healthy personal relationships are vital to good health, whether it’s your partner, family members or close friends. Connecting with other people and forming bonds of communication and intimacy nourish our emotional and spiritual health as much as a healthy diet nourishes our bodies. Everyone needs someone to turn to sometimes and just knowing that you have a network of supportive loved ones around you can help keep you emotionally strong. Friendships are a source of joy, a place to vent out frustrations, and just plan have a good time.
Positive Thinking: Smile!! Happiness comes from the inside out, so put a smile on your face and be positive. Try to be optimistic at all times, always looking on the bright side. Studies have found that those with a positive attitude suffer less from conditions such as heart disease. Self acceptance is an important factor for a healthy lifestyle. This means thinking positively about yourself and accepting yourself for who you are. Maintaining a positive self image helps boost your confidence, prevent depression and reduce stress.
Stress: Reducing your stress levels is key to a healthier lifestyle. Stress lowers your immune system making you more susceptible to viruses and bacteria. You can cut down stress by recognizing the cause of your stress, changing your habits and not making excuses for maintaining high stress levels. Practices such as yoga, tai chi and qigong are great ways to help you control stress. Meditate, take a warm bath, do some stretching or anything that makes you happy and calm.
Water: You should drink eight glasses of water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated. This will have a great effect on your energy levels and is very easy to implement into your daily routine. Water helps your digestive system, it fights germs and it keeps you hydrated. Our bodies are made up of 60% water. It is involved in every function in the body, including circulation, digestion, absorption of nutrients and the transmission of electrical currents in the body which control our nerves, muscles and hormones. Water places high importance in proper elimination and detoxification. Water facilitates the elimination of waste products through urination, sweating, defecation, tears and mucus which line our respiratory and digestive tracts.
Sun: Sunlight is every bit as central to our health and well-being as proper nutrition, clean water, and exercise. Get outside in the sunshine for a natural boost. Sunlight affects moods positively and is a natural antidepressant. The sun’s rays on the skin help your body produce vitamin D, which has been shown to fight heart disease, depression, osteoporosis and even some types of cancer.
About Eric: He is Personal Trainer and Beachbody Coach, Fitness Model and Nutrition Consultant, with certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He offers offer Facebook Fitness Challenge Groups year round to help people eat healthy and get into great shape.
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