Caring for ourselves can often seem like hard work. All those trips to the gym or the endless aerobic exercises religiously performed in front of the TV; giving up chocolate and potato chips because we know they are just food for fat; and buying products that are supposed to rejuvenate our skin and other such impossible miracles. We need to change the way we think about our bodies, because caring for them can be fun.
Make it fun
Looking after our bodies has to start from the inside, and yes, this does mean eating more sensibly, especially if the goal is to lose weight. However, even though some of your favorite food is suddenly a no-no, it does not mean that you cannot still enjoy your food. Food has become a fashionable business and it seems that almost every week there is a new cooking book available that promotes food that can be cooked fresh and fast, while maintaining a high nutritional benefit. Invest in one of these cooking books, and be sure to choose one that has recipes for food that you find interesting and actually want to eat. Keep in mind that a little bit of what you fancy does you good, so if you want that cream cake, have it. Just make sure it is only one serving and not several.
Exercise is the next step following a better diet, and this is where we can all start to groan and lose motivation. The best way to tackle exercise is to take up something that you find enjoyable, so that when you perform a particular activity it does not feel like exercise. For example, if you hate the repetitive nature and high intensity of aerobic exercise, but enjoy the variety of moves and tempos that tennis offers, take a few tennis lessons. This is still exercise but you are doing something you enjoy rather than something that feels like punishment. If you are new to exercising, take it easy and start with walking to get you into the swing of things.
Increased physical exercise may lead to a few aches and pains, particularly at the beginning of any new exercise regime, so it is important that you care for your body after your exercise. For example, your muscles will become tired and your bones may even ache and feel fragile if you have been for a long run. It is important that your body is cooled down and treated properly at such a time, so it is a good idea to have a chiropractic massage, such as that offered by Healthquest Chiropractic. Consider your mind too, and take the time to meditate or even just practice yoga as stress relief.
Caring for yourself should not be viewed as a chore, and there are plenty of ways looking after your mind and body can be enjoyable while improving your quality of life. Just remember not to rush into things and that everyone deserves a treat now and then.