Healthy Body, Peaceful Mind – Achieving Head to Toe Well-being Through an Active Lifestyle

Aug 052013
 

A healthy mind in a healthy bodyAs a woman, it’s all too easy to push your physical well-being to the margins, thinking of it as a secondary priority. However, coming up with a balanced routine that complements your lifestyle can offer you the key to the richer, fuller and more exciting life you deserve. There are endless benefits to taking the time to find types of exercise that work for you – and it doesn’t have to be a chore.

Love The Way You Look

Whether you’re trying to slim down or simply want to maintain your current size, staying active is essential to feeling confident and happy with your appearance. Taking simple steps, like walking or cycling to work instead of driving, can help you stay in shape without taking too much time from your daily routine. There are plenty of cardiovascular exercises that don’t involve you sweating in a gym – dancing, swimming and running, for example, will all give you an effective workout.

And there are more stimulating ways to keep your body looking its best, too; according to research by Patti Britton, PhD, (president of the American Association of Sexuality Educators), sex could burn more than 85 calories per 30 minutes. This means having regular sex can contribute to your overall health at the same time as helping you to maintain a close physical bond with your partner.

Live Life To The Full

By looking after yourself, you can help to ensure you have a long, happy and healthy life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has suggested that even 150 minutes of exercise a week could be enough to keep you fit and increase your lifespan. It may significantly reduce your risk of certain illnesses, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. It can also strengthen your bones and muscles, helping to prevent osteoporosis (loss of bone density), which often affects women in later life. Taking care of your body now will leave you in the best condition to enjoy a more energetic and varied life well into the future too.

A Workout For Your Mind

Women who lead healthier lifestyles often enjoy increased mental and emotional well-being. Researchers have pointed to a probable link between regular exercise and improvements in memory, capacity for learning and ability to make good judgments. As well as thinking faster, you may find yourself looking at things more positively too. All exercise releases endorphins, which lift your mood, and studies conducted at numerous institutes, including Harvard Medical School, have consistently found a link between physical activity and reduced levels of stress and depression.

Stay Balanced

Regular exercise is one important ingredient for a comfortable and fulfilling life, but it’s important to remember that it’s not the only ingredient. Excessive activity can be as damaging as no activity at all, with too much exercise carrying possible health risks such as infertility, irregular periods and physical injuries. Losing perspective can lead to compulsive exercising and can have a detrimental effect on relationships and your own sense of well-being. By enjoying exercise as one small part of a balanced lifestyle you will maintain your health without sacrificing any of the things you love doing.

 

Please note that advice offered by Intimina may not be relevant to your individual case. For specific concerns regarding your health, always consult your physician or other licensed medical practitioners.

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