To bring September and the topic self-care to an end (but as we discussed in this series self-care is a way of life so self-care cannot truly ever end) we will finish with another angle of how impactful self-care is to our overall health, fitness! Read, like and share! 😘
Fitness is a huge discussion in today's quick fix body image superficial vain society. We are more observant about our appearance than the appearance and function of our internal organs but that's another conversation for another day; however fitness is super important to our everyday. Did you know self-care affects your fitness which affects your entire health?
Work It Out
When you exercise your body releases hormones called endorphins that signals to your body that you're feeling good. It encourages you to push through the difficult routine and to continue the pattern of build your body to take on challenging yet rewarding regiments of exercising. Exercising makes you feel good not only physically seeing the pounds fall off but also mentally. Body positive is a new phrase circling around the media that basically says whatever size, shape, form one comes in embrace it and flaunt it. This is great for those who truly like what they see as their reflection but for those who do like watching their extra pounds vanish through weight loss it boosts the self-esteem. The results of weight loss will motivate you to flaunt what you have thus reassuring you that your self-care routine is golden.
Drink Your Water
Drinking plenty of whatever is something we all struggle with. Technically we are suppose to drink 8 ounce glasses of water a day. 8 ounce glasses may seem like a lot but it's not. Think about it. If our bodies are about 70% water (which they are) don't you think through sweating, crying, releasing excrements etc depletes the body of water? And let's not forget a low intake of water causes dehydration and negatively affects the organs. But let's expand on that thought, low intake of water causes outbreaks and acne marks! Yes those stubborn pimples, blackheads, dark marks, dark circles, acne scars etc are a sign from the body screaming out for H2O. Combining a fit body with daily intake of water almost encapsulates the best fitness routine byway of self-care.
Lastly, food! Now if you're like me, you love to eat. If you're like me you also do a little sway and hem while eating but you're not me so probably don't. We all know that food is directly connected to our health. We are what we eat isn't just a saying it's the truth. If you live in a food desert (meaning fresh foods like fruits and vegetables aren't regularly available) or perhaps your income limits you from eating healthy this will drastically affect your fitness and your self-care. You can exercise like crazy and drink a gallon of water a day but your health will still be in bad shape if all you're doing is consuming fatty, salty and sugary foods. Think of it as your beautifully carved body holding oily sweet salt water all the time. But I have good news for you! If you live in a major city there are community programs that are available to help low income folks and those who live in food deserts get access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Urban farming, community gardens, farmers market etc are just a few well known programs that assist folks with getting a well balanced diet to complete their self-care regiment.
You've made it to the end of September's Self-Care Month. Hopefully the information I provided throughout the month on a weekly basis assisted you with better self-care. Stay tuned and subscribe for October's topic of the month.
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