In today's fast-paced world, a world where we seem to always have one foot in reality and one in a digital landscape, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is harder than ever. Everything around us is now loaded with artificial additives, our roads are saturated with cars spewing pollution into the air that we breathe, and overflowing landfills are releasing huge amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
All is not lost, however, for those who are willing to dedicate exercise some self-discipline, as it is easy to not only maintain your health but to improve upon it. Doing so in an all-natural way is a rewarding experience and is beneficial to both your physical and psychological health. Here are some simple, natural things that any of us can do to improve our health.
Expand Your Diet
Your body needs food to function. We all understand this, yet relatively few of us seem to really think through its implications. Think about your brain. Your brain manages everything about how you feel physically and emotionally. Your brain uses different molecules, known as neurotransmitters, to send signals throughout the brain. Each of these neurotransmitters is comprised of a molecule. This, in turn, is composed of individual atoms. Our brains need to be able to get atoms from somewhere so that they can perform the necessary biochemistry to produce these molecules.
If our diets don’t contain everything that our brains and bodies need in order to function, then we will feel the effects of this deficit. A poor diet can manifest in many different ways. We might assume that if our diets were so awful we would notice a deterioration in our physical appearances, but this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, many of the most serious signs of a poor diet, such as diabetes, clogged arteries, and even depression and anxiety, are invisible and thus require some investigation to diagnose.
There is now ample and growing evidence that spending time outdoors is beneficial to our emotional and physical health. There are entire new therapies being devised around this concept. Many doctors and psychologists have argued for years that we should all aim to get more exercise. The exact amount of exercise that we should aim for is often debated, however, most experts agree that it is an amount of time which is feasible for the majority of people.
Getting outside needn’t involve exercise either. You don’t have to be doing anything more taxing than walking. In fact, some studies go further and suggest that even being outside in a car is better than nothing.
Exercise at Home
Sometimes, the weather isn’t going to let you enjoy your time outside. For those, days it pays to have a home gym setup. This can include a Nordictrack RW200 rower and some weights. As long as you are getting some extra exercise, it is worth it.
Improving our health can often feel like an uphill struggle, but it is actually remarkably easy. A few small changes can make a big difference if you are able to make them stick.