Posted on Mar 05, 2020, 6 p.m.
Keeping track of your physical wellness can be difficult for any man who is constantly on-the-go. When it comes to taking care of your body, it all boils down to lifestyle choices and finding time to implement healthy habits into your daily routine. These changes can be quite simple too and require minimal effort. Here are the best ways any man can instantly improve the way they look, and more importantly, the way they feel.
Focus on sleep
Everyone has been at the point where they can feel the bags under their eyes along with massive fatigue. The average adult man should get an average of 8 hours of sleep every night and should regularly continue this cycle on a consistent basis. This means setting a set schedule and going to bed earlier. This will not only hold you accountable, but will also allow yourself to get the additional hours in order to recharge your batteries for the next day.
The failure to start improving your sleeping habits can weaken your immune system and lead to sleep deprivation, insomnia, and sluggishness. Studies have shown that these issues can start at an early age and can lead to the development of memory loss, cognitive digression, and increase chances of physical illnesses later in life, such as diabetes and heart disease. If you’re struggling to get more sleep, start making that schedule and reprioritizing your day to day actions to make time for shut-eye. Also, consider listening to calming music, finding a new mattress unique to you, or different deep breathing exercises before bed that can help clear anxiety and overthinking that can take away from sleep.
Getting to the gym
Although seemingly obvious, exercising your body is the easiest way to make a change in how your physique looks. Incorporating the gym into your daily life can be tough for all sorts of reasons, including getting yourself in the right mindset, however, the key is to find a routine that works and is comfortable for you. Setting goals is essential to this process as well. What about your physical wellness are you looking to improve? Are you trying to make visible changes and build muscle or work on your cardiovascular system and strengthen your endurance? Going into every workout with a game plan is a great first step and can help you accomplish your goals more easily. This can even help you stimulate your brain mentally and provide motivation to continually better yourself.
Adjust your diet
Many men struggle to maintain a healthy diet. When it comes to the kinds of foods you should be eating, experts at Harvard suggest that the quality of the foods should be the priority, and not necessarily the calorie count or portion size. Rather than baselining a diet on calorie amounts, you should be filling your diet with “unrefined, minimally processed foods such as vegetables and fruits, whole grains, healthy fats and healthy sources of protein.”
Another study published by the researchers in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health concluded that potato chips, potatoes, and sugary drinks were the most likely items to contribute to weight gain; while vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and yogurt were best for weight loss. Incorporating these beneficial foods will have you looking your best too. Full of rich vitamins and minerals, healthy foods like these are bound to increase collagen for improved skin health along with extra keratin for thick and fresh hair. With these foods in mind, think about ways you can incorporate these food groups into your daily meals.
Cleaning up hygiene
For any man, hygiene is a huge part of daily life and can be the difference between staying healthy and getting sick. It’s important to maintain healthy hygiene habits by doing things like washing your hands consistently, moisturizing your face, and regularly showering. Plus, taking care of your skin is essential as it helps maintain a healthy look and can avoid the signs of visible aging. This means implementing a skincare routine full of moisturizers, exfoliators, and cleansers along with maintaining your facial hair and skin underneath, with the use of precise razors.
Another portion of hygiene that many men either forget or are too stubborn to stay consistent with is regularly visiting medical clinics and staying up to date with their doctors. Finding a provider is your first step if you don’t already have one, and making it a habit to regularly schedule appointments. Being a frequent visitor there can help you prevent chronic diseases and alert you on potential medical speed bumps in your life.
Improving your physical wellness is certainly a process and there’s no ‘one size fits all’ method. If you’re serious about putting in the effort to improve your physical well-being, make sure you’re taking it step by step and day by day.
Blake Albino is a health and wellness writer that enjoys helping other men live their healthiest lives. On the off-chance of not spending time with his kids, he loves to work out and play recreational basketball at his local gym with his close friends.
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