Why You Should Focus on Optimal Health Instead of The Way You Look
Most people think
about health in terms of the way you look or illness, and not optimal health.
Whether or not you are overweight or too thin, or you have decent muscle tone,
most people only change their diets when they either want to lose weight, gain
muscle, or gain weight, or if they have been diagnosed with an illness or
condition that forces them to change their diets. A way better thing to focus
on is optimal health.
If you think about
it, your main goal should be to get your body in its healthiest possible state,
so that you know you will feel your best. You will be able to do everything
that you want to do, and then if you do want to change something about the way
you look, it will be much easier if you started to eat healthier for optimal
health. If you are overweight, you will lose weight if you do become healthier,
and it will be easier to gain weight if you want, so therefore, you can focus
on optimal health as your primary goal.
health-related will build on top of that, so you do not have to give up the
idea of losing weight or looking better. That will come, but it is much better
for your mental health to focus on health and not the way you look, because
that tends to be where people start to feel depressed when it comes to diet and
If you focus on
optimal health, you will also prevent or lower your chance of getting certain
illnesses or dying early. You will improve longevity. You can live longer, and
have more time to do the things on your bucket list. You will have more time to
spend with your friends and family.
Focusing on optimal
health will help you to improve your brain health, because that is part of it.
You can improve your mental health, the way you feel physically, your energy
levels, what you can do physically, and your quality of life.
Maybe you have
already been diagnosed with an illness or a condition, or you are overweight
and you have been frustrated with your health for years. Take it slowly. The
main goal from now on is to just become as healthy as possible, and take it day
by day. Just make choices that get you closer to being the healthiest you, and
say no to things that will get you further away from your health goals.
That is a much better
way to approach health. When aiming for optimal health, you get so much more
out of it. You get to celebrate a lot of other victories other than just weight
loss with optimal health. You can also focus on what you can do physically like
how many push-ups you can do, how many squats you can do, the weight you can
lift, etc. There are a lot of possible victories when focusing on your health
If you are interested
in pursuing optimal health and making that your primary goal from now on, here
are a few tips that you can start off with. Obviously, there are a lot of
aspects involved when it comes to you optimizing your health, but if you focus
on these five things, then you will start your journey towards self-optimization.
Processed Food from Your Diet and Lower Your Sugar Intake
If you focus on optimal health, you
want to focus on eating whole foods, which means eating food in their natural
form and staying away from processed food. And while a lot of experts disagree
on what the best diet is, we believe that there is no best diet, but most of us
can agree that processed food and eating too much sugar is not healthy, so if
you make that the first step towards improving your health, then the rest you
can figure out for yourself.
With the rest of your diet, you have to
see which foods make you feel good and which foods your body responds
negatively towards. You might have a friend who can eat a hamburger and not get
a really high glucose spike, but if you eat it, your glucose levels go through
the roof. It really is about finding what works best for you.
2. Get Enough Sleep and
Improve the Quality of Your Sleep
You will not achieve
optimal health if you do not get enough sleep, and if the quality of your sleep
is not as it should be, your health will suffer. Aim to get seven to nine hours
of sleep per night, and do things to improve the quality of your sleep, such as
reducing blue light exposure before bed, making sure that the temperature of
your room is cooler before bedtime, avoiding caffeine a few hours before bed, getting
some sunlight throughout the day, and also getting some exercise.
3. Do Some Exercise
Exercise, but make it
something that you enjoy. You will not stick to an exercise programme that you
hate, or you might, but then you are ensuring a lot more suffering than
necessary. There are a lot of different workouts that you can do, and if you
are new to exercise, we suggest that you experiment with different classes and
different types of workouts, and make a list of the ones that you do enjoy, so
that you always have a variety to choose from.
If, one day, you do
not feel like doing weight training, you can go for a hike instead. If you do
not feel like doing cardio, you can do a yoga class. This makes it a lot more
fun, and doing a variety of workouts will benefit your body, as it will train
your body to do a lot of different things, which is great for mobility and
longevity. We also suggest stretching a lot, as it helps with flexibility, and
flexibility is one of the key factors in longevity.
4. Reduce Stress for
If you are stressed
or anxious, your cortisol levels become elevated. Cortisol is the main stress
hormone, which can speed up ageing, lead to adrenal fatigue, cause fat gain,
lower cognitive function, and even trigger the body to produce more insulin.
Try things like breathing exercises, meditation, walking, a floatation tank,
drinking tea, baking, etc.
5. Remind Yourself That Optimal Health Takes
You will have to
focus on things day by day in order to achieve it. If you focus on becoming
your optimal self in terms of health, it can be overwhelming, but if you just
focus on taking things one day at a time, one decision at a time, and with each
decision ask yourself if this decision will get you closer to or further away
from becoming your healthiest self, then that becomes a lot less overwhelming
and a lot more doable than just constantly focusing on this giant goal of
optimizing your health. The only way to get there is to take it one step at a
time. Changing your mindset could help you a lot in a journey towards optimal
health and self-optimization.