Healthy tips

Body transformation without going on a diet

Self care habits can help with overall health.

Eating less, or “dieting,” isn’t the only way to change how your body feels.

Self-care goes beyond eating right and involves taking care of your body on all levels — whether that’s mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Here are some of the best tips on how you can live your best and healthiest life, without dieting:

1. Drink more water.

Hydration — a buzzword among the health-conscious community — has earned its status with good reason. Water actually makes up 60% of your body weight.

Getting your recommended amount of daily H20, can benefit your skin, muscles and your body’s overall equilibrium.

2. Go in a sauna.

Treat yourself to a spa day, including a session in a sauna. Sitting in a sauna has been proven to keep the heart healthy and reduce stress.

It could even provide some of the same benefits as strenuous exercise, according to a new study in the Journal of Athletic Training.

3. Go to therapy.

Besides the obvious mental health benefits of going to therapy, there are physical ones as well.

“When people do not express feelings but swallow them and keep them buried and out of conscious awareness, one’s body often reacts,” Marian Margulies, PhD, a psychologist in New York City, told Forbes. She added that people may experience symptoms like ulcers and headaches as our body reacts to stress or mental pain.

Consider speaking with a therapist to help you sort through your emotions, without putting your body under unnecessary stress.

4. Stretching.

Many people sit at a desk for the majority of the workday so it’s important to move around as much as possible.

You don’t have to exercise at the gym — there are tons of other options to get your heart rate up and work your muscles. Walk outside, follow along to a YouTube workout video, or practice a few yoga poses in the grass. Some movement is better than no movement.

5. Stop eating when you’re full, not stuffed.

Learning your hunger cues is a major step towards eating more intuitively. The Washington Post reported that by adulthood, we need to re-learn these hunger cues because our relationship with food has made us “well-practiced at ignoring our internal cues of hunger and fullness.”

Some people start eating out of boredom, reward themselves with food, or eat just to go through the motions. That’s why taking control of your food will help you feel more satiated.

6. Meditate.

Meditation, serenity and yoga practicing at sunset.

Meditation has a reputation for helping people stay calm, cool, and collected. It’s been proven to change our body by way of our brains, according to The Huffington Post, as well reduce blood pressure in addition to improving anxiety and cognitive function.

7. Drink more water.

Hydration — a buzzword among the health-conscious community — has earned its status with good reason. Water actually makes up 60% of your body weight.

Getting your recommended amount of daily H20, can benefit your skin, muscles and your body’s overall equilibrium.

8. Sleep.

Getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep for young adults while working, going to school, or just living your life can be challenging. But it’s a challenge you should accept.

Not sleeping enough can reduce and undo the benefits of dieting.

9. Foam roll.

 

Foam rolling is known to help with muscle soreness.

Recovery time is just as important, if not sometimes more valuable, than a workout itself. Foam rolling isn’t a cure-all, but it has been proven to help increase your range of motion, increase flexibility, and help with muscle soreness.

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