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How to Keep Your Body in Good Shape

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Dec 21, 2017 5:21 PM

There's a misconception about being healthy and keeping your body in shape. It's not all about dieting, exercising fervently, and being strict all the time. It's about balance, enjoyment, and finding what works for you. Moderate eating, ample exercise, and combating the sedentary lifestyle so many people fall prey to over the years is helpful, but taking care of your overall health is also important. It's visiting the doctor regularly, seeing your dentist for a checkup, and it's remembering you're imperfect and will make mistakes. That's how you keep your body in shape. Want more? These tips can help.

See Your Dentist

If you want to be fit, healthy, and in good shape, see your dentist. "Two visits to your dentist each year is all it takes to prevent gum disease and other oral health issues that are linked to certain types of cancer, diabetes, and even heart problems," according to dentist Dr. Ella Dekhtyar. Your dentist checks for problems, fixes them, and keeps your smile bright and beautiful. Imagine being healthy your entire life all because your dentist is able to catch problems before they become actual problems. You never want to look back and wonder if your heart attack was caused by poor oral health.

Don't Diet

Really healthy people do not all themselves to become victims of dieting. Your best bet is to change your eating lifestyle. Replace sugary, unhealthy foods for things that have the same concept but a lot more health. For example, eat fruit instead of candy when your sweet tooth strikes. It's all about eating healthy most of the time, always eating in moderation, and allowing yourself to indulge every now and then. Dieting is a fad, and it's rarely successful. Just make positive choices during mealtime to change your life.

Get Moving

You needn't join a gym or buy some serious weight machines to get fit. You just need to move. Most people sit in front of computers all day long without taking any sort of break, and it's not good for your body, your mind, or spirit. Get up, get moving, and be active. Play sports, dance, take walks, go on adventures, and move your body. As long as you're moving your body and burning calories at least 20 minutes every day, you're doing your body a big favor.

Sleep, and Sleep Well

A nap here and there won't cut it. If you want to be as healthy as possible, you must get more sleep. You must get good sleep to help your metabolism work full force, to keep your immune system from falling apart, and to help you find the energy to exercise and eat well. When you're tired, you're more likely to skip any physical activity because you haven't any energy. Your body might begin to crave things that aren't healthy because you're so tired you're in need of energy. You might not make healthy eating choices when you're tired, and you're not doing yourself any favors. Get adequate sleep each night to promote good health.

Keep Realistic Expectations of Yourself

If you have four kids and a business to run, you're not going to make it to the gym seven days a week for two hours a day. You might have a half hour four or five times a week. Don't make unrealistic expectations that will cause you to fail. Make a big goal to get fit and healthy, and then break it down into smaller goals such as spending four hours per week in the gym or moving your body even if it's only a half-hour a day to get to that point. When you don't expect unrealistic results of yourself, you're more likely to succeed.

Staying healthy and fit is a life priority more people should consider, but some feel it might not be so easy. It's all about making small lifestyle changes, making better decisions, and always looking for a way to move your body. You needn't change everything about your life to get healthy, you just need to make more mindful and more positive decisions. The more you do it, the easier it gets to do and the healthier you become.

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