Head-to-Toe Health: Easy Tips for Your Daily Routine

Christy Elizabeth Mather

Posted on April 30 2019

Head-to-Toe Health: Easy Tips for Your Daily Routine

by Guest Blogger: Jennifer McGregor


Studies have shown it time and time again: movement is crucial to your physical health. What many people still don’t realize, however, is that physical fitness has also been shown to boost your mental and emotional health, naturally treating depression and anxiety so that you feel happier and more relaxed. As if those benefits weren’t already incentive enough to get moving, recent studies have also shown that picking up a new fitness-oriented hobby or activity, such as aerobic exercise, doesn’t just strengthen muscles from the neck down — it also strengthens your brain. In other words, your newfound healthy habits help keep your mind young, boosting your memory and possibly helping fight off Alzheimer’s and dementia.


If you’re looking to bring more total-body wellness into your life, here are some activities you can easily add to your daily routine.


Get Moving


If you’re new to health and fitness, a simple place to start is by working some movement into each day. Every little bit helps, even if you can only afford yourself a few minutes of physical activity. There are endless options for what types of movement you might do; the key is finding something you enjoy. You might start with an app that reminds you to get up and stretch every few minutes throughout your workday. You might also start getting more aerobic exercise through a beginners’ training program like Couch to 5k. You might even put on your favorite playlist and dance, jog, or go for a run after work.

Whenever you’re trying a new physical activity, always remember that if anything hurts or pinches, stop and go easier on your body. You don’t want to risk injuring yourself.


Less Clutter Equals Better Health

Yes, you read that correctly. The simple act of tidying up your home can lead to better overall health and wellness. A clean, clutter-free home helps reduce anxiety, and as a bonus, the act of cleaning helps provide more physical activity.


If your everyday responsibilities make it difficult to maintain a clean home, or if you’re unsure where to begin when it comes to decluttering, you might consider hiring a maid or professional cleaning service to help you. Professionals provide a deeper cleaning of your home, often for less money than you’d imagine. For instance, HomeAdvisor reports that a one-time interior house cleaning in Tulsa averages most homeowners between $107 to $215.


Focus on Skincare


The way you look can affect the way you feel in a big way. When your skin or hair is unhealthy, you might lose the self-confidence you need to get out there and tackle the day. That’s partly why a daily skincare routine is so important. A Skincare Management System by Jan Marini is an excellent addition to your wellness arsenal. By combining products that cleanse, restore moisture, and protect against harmful UV rays, you feed your skin what it needs to look its best today while ensuring it stays that way for the long haul.


If you don’t think your appearance can influence how you feel, keep in mind that there is an nationwide non-medical, non-profit dedicated exclusively to helping cancer survivors upkeep their aesthetics as part of their recovery.




Another way you can boost your health is by taking time to relax and decompress each day. Deep relaxation boosts your mood, relieve stress and anxiety, and help you sleep.


If you’re having trouble relaxing, you might try practicing guided meditation or yoga. For the best of both worlds, try yoga nidra, a gentle, relaxing yoga practice known as “the yoga of sleep.” Experts say there’s no wrong way to do yoga nidra, making it one of the easiest yoga practices to implement into your daily life. You’ll complete the entire yoga nidra practice while relaxing in a sleeplike position, resting flat on your back with your eyes closed. Just pull up an audio or video tutorial on YouTube — and don’t be surprised if you even fall asleep during your practice. A few minutes before bedtime can help soothe your mind into a restful sleep.


One last tip for reaching your daily health goals: break larger goals down into smaller pieces. Start with the simplest tasks first, and gradually work toward bigger and bigger goals as you check items off your list. For instance, if your goal is to lose weight, you might start by preparing healthful meals for the upcoming week. As you reach each smaller goal, you will not only feel proud of your accomplishment, but you’ll also look forward to achieving the next goal. By breaking tasks into manageable pieces, you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle in no time.


Guest Blogger Jennifer McGregor can be reached at: jmcgreg@publichealthlibrary.org 


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