Health Strategies to Keep You Healthy From Head to Toe
by Christopher Haymon
Stress and anxiety are the body’s natural responses to external factors such as a stressful work environment or unhealthy practices such as poor sleeping patterns. These responses typically play key roles in our interaction with other people and our health and well-being. When ignored, stress and anxiety can become chronic and have deleterious effects on our health and well-being.
The key to staying healthy is listening to our body’s natural responses and incorporating healthy habits in our everyday lives. At 5th Element MMA & Fitness, we have come up with simple practices that can alleviate your stress and anxiety and improve your health from head to toe.
Physical activity can give you a healthier and happy life. The World Health Organization cites strong scientific evidence linking regular exercise to improved physical and mental health. Whatever your age, exercising regularly can lower your risk of developing several chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. It also boosts self-esteem, improves sleep quality, stabilizes mood, and reduces the risk of mental illnesses such as dementia, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.
You do not need a doctor’s prescription to work out. It is easy to get, affordable, and the effect is immediate. When it comes to physical exercise, what counts is that you get a good sweat in. Whether it is walking, cycling, or taking part in sports, you need an activity that raises your heart and breathing rates and makes you sweat.
Stretching and Yoga Poses
Stretching and yoga poses can help you relax at the end of a busy day. These activities help relax tense muscles. Stretching is especially recommended after physical activity to alleviate soreness and prevent injuries. Other health benefits include improved circulation, increased flexibility, enhanced performance, reduced stiffness, and better posture.
A few minutes of stretching and posing every day is all you need to improve your overall health. Make sure you use the proper techniques to perform these activities safely and comfortably.
Handling Stress from Work
A stressful work environment can cause fatigue, listlessness, and burnout. It can put you at high risk of heart disease, stroke, and other physical illnesses. Your relationships will suffer, and your mental health will likely deteriorate. If you are in a job that is causing you grief, it is time you saved yourself before it is too late.
Verywell Mind points out that taking regular breaks and reducing your workload by delegating tasks are some effective techniques that can help you cope with a stressful work environment. If these coping strategies prove ineffective, you might have to quit your job and switch to a career that is good for your health. Abandoning a career you’ve spent time and energy building can be challenging, but when your health and well-being are at stake, it is a necessary sacrifice.
Retraining for a new career has been made easier by online degree programs. Enrolling in an online program gives you the flexibility to learn a new skill before you quit your current job. You can also quit your job and pursue your online degree as you focus on improving your health through exercise, rest, and a good diet.
Create a Comfortable Home
After a sweaty gym session, a social engagement, or a long day at work, you need a comfortable home to rest and decompress. Prioritize making your nest stress-free by cleaning it regularly from top to bottom, removing clutter, and allowing in fresh air and sunshine. Eliminate anything that creates negative energy. You can even use sage and soothing music to create a peaceful and calming atmosphere that allows you to rest and start each day with a clean slate.
Sedentary lifestyles, toxic work environments, poor diets, and unhealthy routines are silent killers. Developing simple strategies like the ones highlighted above and implementing them consistently can help you effectively manage stress in your life and improve your health from head to toe.
5th Element is the Olympic Peninsula’s premier Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Fitness facility. As one unique facility, our mission is to provide quality services that promote mind, body, and soul solutions in a family-friendly environment. Our vision is to create a thriving community and raving fans. Our culture, community, and top-notch education are what sets us apart. Each and every individual of the 5th Element community matters and is important. Everything we do is based on our core values: quality, welcoming, professional, family, integrity, development, and tribe. Our goal is to improve as many people’s lives as possible through our primary tools of Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Martial Arts training. We guarantee you will leave feeling better than when you arrived, which inevitably causes ripple effects in your life and the lives of others. For more information, please visit our website or contact us today!