Five Ways to Live a Healthier Physical Life
Your body is the most important asset you have and you only get one of them. In order for you to live a more fulfilling and flourishing life, you have to take care of your temple. Your body is your billboard and how you treat it will show yourself and others how you value your life. When you look better on the outside, you’ll feel better on the inside. Here are five things you can easily do to help get your temple in shape so that it can perform at optimal levels.
- Drink more water.
There is a reason why Jesus could go 40 days without food, but no days without water. Water is the source of life and without it, your body cannot function properly. If you think you are drinking enough water already, drink more. Water helps keep your skin clear, flush toxins out of your body, keep you hydrated and it helps you cut back on overeating.
- Cut back on processed foods.
It is easy to go by your local fast food place to grab a bite to eat on the go. But consider this: how are your foods made? If you review nutritional fact labels on the majority of food you eat, you’ll find that you may not be able to pronounce those ingredients. Do you think it’s safe to consume something when you don’t know what it is?
Processed foods have various additives included to increase its shelf life. Some of these additional ingredients have proved to me more harmful than helpful over time. Do your body and fuel it with more natural foods.
- Pick two days a week to eat only fruits and vegetables.
This would me a fun challenge for you and your girls to try. Fruit is like natures homemade candy and vegetables are nutrient packed. All the goods you need are given to you by nature, so take advantage. Also, stay away from seedless fruit. If your food is genetically modified, it may not be that great to consume.
- Cut out red meat.
It’s tempting to have an 8 oz. steak for dinner every once again, but red meat is one of the hardest meats for your digestive system to break down. Did you know that much of your immune system is housed within your digestive organs? Studies show that it can take 3-5 days for red meat to be digested in your system. Yes, red meat is protein packed, but so is chicken, fish and turkey. Help your digestive system stay healthy, it’ll boost your immune system’s ability to fight off illness too.
- Walk at least thirty minutes three days a week.
Your body must be active to stay healthy. Get your blood pumping by going on a brisk walk for thirty minutes. This will allow your lungs to be put to work to get oxygen flowing through your lungs helping the overall function of your body. With a good and nutritious eating plan, you may even drop a few pounds.
- Have a partner to keep you accountable.
The reason why most people fail to stick to healthy lifestyles is because they don’t have anyone to check in on them. Find a friend who has health goals like you and motivate each other to stay on task. You can even take it up a notch and create a challenge between the two of you. Whoever doesn’t stick to the plan owes the other a healthy dinner!
Maleeka Taliha Hollaway, a native of Atlanta, GA, is the founder and CEO of The OfficialMaleeka Group, LLC, a boutique firm specializing in business lifestyle coaching & consulting, writing services and public relations. Maleeka is an Internationally Certified Life & Business Success Coach, a candid public speaker, a member of the highly-esteemed, Forbes Coaches Council (Internationally Certified Business Success Coach) and 2x Best-Selling author (co-Authoring “20 Beautiful Women: Volume 2” & “Release: Untold Stories About Inner Strength, Resilience, & Overcoming Challenges”). She is devoted to mentoring and coaching people of all ages and genders in discovering how to live the life they desire, as she is blossoming into one of the most inspirational and influential millennial voices of this generation.
Maleeka holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Alabama A & M University and a Master’s of Science in Communications Specialist. She currently is pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership from Capella University. Connect with Maleeka on www.theomg.biz & @OfficialMaleeka, @the_omg_llc on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.