By: Rasheedah Billups
Let’s skip the get well soon and finally get it together. When you get the right pieces to the puzzle, everything else starts to fall into place, and in no time the picture is clear. Sometimes not acknowledging something can have the same impact as deliberately choosing to work against it. In other words, the only way to get well is to be intentional about it. Get well finally and start to see yourself moving closer to your fitness goals and experiencing better moods and other benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Am I healthy enough?
No matter our starting point, there’s always space for growth and improvement. Generally, we all know our own habits and there are some behaviors we should transition away from and others we should transition towards. According to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings in 2016, less than 3% of Americans meet the basic qualifications of a “healthy lifestyle”. This study focused primarily on four habits as indicators as to whether the participants were engaging in a healthy lifestyle. We can all ante up and opt for a little more "healthy" in our lives.
Although we might be able to identify that we could adopt better habits, we don’t know what we don’t know; that’s why the BLK + GRN blog is an invaluable resource for health and wellness and all-natural, toxic free living. Identify opportunities for improvement within your lifestyle choices, learn more about healthy habits to replace them with, and repeat.
How does my wellness relate to my fitness?
If wellness is your focus, then fitness is definitely on your radar. Getting fit is a journey of decisions and consistency. When your broader goal is wellness, it’s like giving your fitness goals a turbo boost; you’ve got more reason to stay on track. Anything with a purpose has a better chance of surviving.
Support your fitness efforts
- Herbal teas for healing, digestion, detoxing and other benefits. Drinking herbal teas can help in many ways. Herbal teas offer a great deal of benefits from reducing soreness to helping with digestion so your body is able to receive the nutrients it needs from the foods you consume. This is essential to your fitness because in order to sustain regular exercise activity and see results, we need to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Different herbal teas provide their own set of benefits. Ginger Mint Tea for Ease of Digestion is formulated to soothe the digestive system.
- Aromatherapy for relaxation and stress reduction. The use of essential oils can help to alleviate anxiety and stress, and improve mood, with specific benefits varying from one oil to the next. A clear mind and improved mood not only impacts fitness, but everything we do. Stress is accompanied by the release of hormones – in particular cortisol – in the body which increases appetite and wreaks havoc on fitness efforts. Finding ways to reduce stress levels and relax will put us a step closer to our fitness goals. Try BLK + GRN's 100% Pure Essential Oil Blends, Lavender + Tea Tree, formulated to rejuvenate, relax, soothe and slow down someone who is stressed or tense.
If you’ve made it this far then wellness is important to you. For some of us, cracking the wellness code is easier to do in some areas of our life than it is in others, until we realize it’s all connected. Once the connections are made, things click. As we look for and find ways to be healthy, let’s remember to listen to our bodies so we can grow in our awareness and be better able to identify what feels good to us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Observe, learn, adjust and repeat.
What wellness practices have helped boost your fitness efforts? Tell us in the comments below.