Taking Care of the Body

The body is a temple and it should be accorded respect. This respect is given by taking good care of the body. For this care to be given there has to be a frame of thought that motivates healthy living. This kind of frame work is born out of three questions.

A Framework for Thinking

In any aspect of caring for yourself, there are three questions to ask:
What do I want to do?
What is best for me?
What am I going to do?

The first aspect relates to your emotions: it is about how you feel, and what you want to do, whether about what you eat, when you go to sleep, or how much exercise you take.

The second applies reason to the situation, and asks what you think.

Finally, you need to balance those two aspects, and make a decision about what you actually do in any given situation.
There will be many times when what you want to do coincides perfectly with what you know you should do.

You may want to go out for a bike ride because the sun is shining, or go to bed early because you are tired.

At other times, you will find that you are very tempted to do something that you know you would be better avoiding.

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There is need to get enough rest for the body to rejuvenate itself and repair its damaged cells. At the same time it is important to ensure the body does not become rusty by exercising it.

1.Take time for exercise.

I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of this one because physical activity actually compounds the problems I experience with my body. But occasionally, when my joints aren’t screaming, I make sure that I keep my limbs limber by going for a gentle walk. I’m slowly working my way towards practicing some basic yoga, too, but I’m having to take my time with that ambition.

This is the point of exercising your body–only do what your body can manage if you’re struggling, as there’s no point in making things harder. Even a little activity can have a huge impact.

2.Make sleep a priority.

If you’re tired, even if you feel that you need to get more done, give yourself permission to sleep. I ignored this simple notion for nearly a year when I first started feeling unwell. Now that I embrace it, my body thanks me for it. (You can read 9 tips to get better sleep here).

Admittedly, my condition keeps rest and sleep from being as refreshing as they might be for other people, but it still makes a difference. It stops me from doing further damage.

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Besides feeding the body and letting it rest there is need to learn how to listen to the body. This is so that a person can know when they are stretching the body beyond its limits. Listening to the pain or responses that the body gives could save your life.


You’ll Be Stronger

When you work out, your muscles tear. Those tears repair themselves during rest, letting your muscles get stronger and grow bigger. If you don’t take time to rest, the muscles can’t recover and you’ll become weaker.

You’ll Have More Energy

If you’re feeling exhausted all the time, your body is trying to tell you that you’re overdoing it. Having a sore and tired body isn’t the sign of a great workout, feeling good is. If you feel like you can’t go another step, it’s time to take a break. After a rest day, you’ll feel more energized and ready to step back into your normal routine.

You’ll Banish Burnout

Overdoing it can lead to burnout. Once you get burnt-out, you’ll start to dread your workouts and might give up on them altogether. Sometimes you need to slow down and take some time for you, so that you can get your mind and energy levels back in check. When your next workout session rolls around, you’ll be raring to go.

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