Staying healthy is not only vitally important, but it’s also not as difficult as one would assume. When you don’t know where to start with your fitness, it can seem overwhelming to make your health a priority. Luckily, our ASEA athletes are the best in the business and at the top of their game when it comes to health and wellness. This month, we’re featuring Olympic swimmer Breeja Larson and Ironman Champion Dexter Yeats, two athletes who know a thing or two about self-care.
Make Sure to Drink Enough Water
According to Mayo Clinic, water is your body’s principal component and makes up 60% of your body weight. You depend on water to survive. Every part of your body needs water to function, from your cells and tissues to all of your vital organs. Water allows your body to process food and get rid of waste, keeps your temperature regulated, lubricates your joints, and keeps them cushioned as well as protects your sensitive tissues. Every day you lose water from breathing, sweating, eliminating waste. It is essential to replenish this water and avoid dehydration, which can lead to health issues and illness.
On average, men need 15.5 cups of water per day, while women need 11.5 cups of water per day. Only 20% of your water comes from food intake, so you must replenish your supply by drinking water as often as possible throughout the day.
Get Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
The USDA recommends eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day. A diet rich in fruits and veggies can lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower your risk of digestive issues, regulate your blood sugar, and keep your appetite in check. According to the Harvard Medical School, studies show that fruits like apples and pears, as well as leafy greens, can even help you lose weight. And they may help prevent some age-related eye diseases for those over 65.
Keeping fruit where you can see it makes it easier to eat when you need a snack. Exploring your local produce section at the grocery store can provide you with variety, which is the key to a healthy diet. Skipping potatoes and having them as a treat rather than a staple of your diet is a great way to avoid excess carbohydrates.
Get Outdoors and Keep Your Body Moving
Activation of vitamin D is important to help fight depression, heart attacks, cancer, and osteoporosis. Limited sun exposure is good for you. Physical activity outdoors has shown to help people relax and cheer up. Outdoor sunlight tends to help elevate people’s moods. According to Harvard, children with ADHD tend to focus better when they’re outdoors. And when adults are recovering from injury, they’re more likely to heal faster if they spend a couple of hours a day outside.
Find a Hobby You Enjoy
Dexter Yeats is a 73-year-old Ironman Champion, and she recommends rediscovering a hobby you enjoyed when you were young to motivate you to stay active. Something as simple as walking the dog around your neighborhood, playing soccer with your kids in the yard, or doing some light yoga for 30 minutes can make a huge difference. Physical activity is crucial in helping you maintain your sleep schedule, decrease your likelihood of depression, increase your energy, and increase your chances of living longer by preventing chronic diseases.
Keep Positive Attitude
The Mayo Clinic suggests that those who stay positive as much as possible show increased life span, lower rates of depression and levels of distress, greater resistance to the common cold, and better cardiovascular health. Positive attitude starts with optimistic self-talk in our head, how we speak about ourselves out loud, and how we view situations in life. It all begins with seeing the bright side and finding blessings amidst hardships. Speak to yourself as though you are speaking to your child or someone you love dearly. Surround yourself with positive people who help uplift you and always try to see the bright side of life. And don’t forget to laugh as much as possible.
Listen to Your Body and Rest When Needed
In our ever-busy, constantly on-the-move culture, it can be challenging to allow yourself to slow down and take a rest when you feel like you have too much to do. However, taking a rest when your body is giving you signals is as crucial as proper diet and exercise. Taking a 20-minute power nap during your lunch or even sitting down and meditating for a few minutes can show improvement in your overall health. According to the CDC, rest helps your immune health, improves your memory, restores and energizes you, cultivates creativity, improves concentration and productivity, slows down the effects of aging, and helps reduce pain and regulate your weight.
Get Your Recommended Daily Dose of Vitamins
Using a daily multivitamin like ASEA® VIA™ Source can be a great way to help your body get the vitamins it needs beyond what fruits and vegetables can do for you. A probiotic like VIA Biome can help gut health flourish and a daily supplement of VIA Omega can help you make sure you’re getting the recommended dose of Omega-3.*
Check out this fun and easy partner workout with Breeja and Dexter below.
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Results may vary. Consumers of ASEA products do so as part of maintaining an already healthy lifestyle.
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