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Be Kind to Your Body and Mind

February 12, 2019

Some of the most common new year resolutions involve health and wellness. Now that we’re a month and a half into 2019, you may or may not be sticking to your new fitness standards. But don’t fret, because it’s never too late to be kind to your body.

When you are kind to your body, you not only enhance your own life, but also the perceptions of those around you. However, it’s not just a matter of your friends noticing how strong you look; physical changes only matter—and stick—if they’re accompanied by meaningful mental and emotional changes as well. Use this list to take stock of how well you’ve been treating yourself, and to identify how you might be kinder to both your body and mind:

Exercise Efficiently
You don’t have to train for a marathon to improve your physical fitness. Strive to move your body for at least 20 minutes a day, most days of the week. The benefits of exercise range from blood pressure control and weight management, to improved mood and sleep.

Fuel Your Body and Mind
A balanced diet is vital to a balanced lifestyle. Your body needs the proper nutrients to function in an optimal way. A big part of a balanced diet is incorporating enough fiber. Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, you need to consume between 25 and 38 grams of dietary fiber per day. It’s difficult to reach this threshold in a calorically efficient way. Fiber Choice® Chewable tablets or gummies contain a fiber found in many fruits and vegetable. These tasty treats are a convenient way to close the Fiber Gap!

Sleep Well
In addition to eating balanced nutrient-rich meals and snacks, we must also take care to get enough sleep each night. In today’s busy world, it’s hard to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep most adults require a night. But, going to bed earlier and limiting screen time (specifically the blue light many everyday devices emit), may help you get more—and better—sleep.

Improving your physical health can be difficult. While it’s important to focus on your physical wellness, it’s equally important to be kind to your mind. If you’re stressing over maintaining your resolutions, problems at work, or difficulties at home, take the time to treat yourself! As previously mentioned, exercise is a good way to be kind to your body, but exercise also releases a chemical to the brain called endorphins that triggers a positive feeling. Additionally, spending time with people and things that make you happy can remind you not to take small setbacks too seriously. It may sound silly, but practice smiling. Smiling reduces pain, improves one’s mood and, who knows, it could make someone’s day a little brighter!

Try out these tips for keeping your body and mind happy!