Love Your Body: 35 Ways To Improve Your Health

Love Your Body: 35 Ways To Improve Your Health [EXPERT]

7. Recharge your batteries. Take time-outs daily to just be still and let go of the thoughts of your daily activities. Be sure and get enough sleep every night; 7-8 hours. Learn to meditate and be grateful for all that you have in your life. —Rico Caveglia

8. Eliminate. We require one to three bowel movements per day to be healthy and to fully eliminate all of the waste products from our daily metabolic functions. Distended stomachs quite often are due to a clogged up colon. I highly recommend consulting a holistic/integrated medicine or naturopathic doctor if this is a challenge for you. —Rico Caveglia

9. Slow and steady wins the race. You want to get healthy, not skinny. Do not go for the gimmicky diet fads, but rather choose healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lower fat proteins. Try using smaller portions. —Brenda Deere

10. Less is more. When beginning an exercise program to lose weight or re-shape your body, don't immediately jump into the frame of mind that more is better. Find some activities you truly enjoy. For me, it's swimming, bicycling and walking. Then, start slowly. A five-minute walk is better than no walk at all. —Brenda Deere

11. You are not alone. No one is completely happy with their own body image — not even the top models, who usually feel (and are told) that they need to look almost anorexic to stay in the modeling field. Yet even these models are not happy with their self-image and think they are too fat … Dangerous, don't you think? Make your goal a reasonable one. —Brenda Deere

12. Don't compare. Try not to compare your body with those of others around you. Heredity does play some role in our body shapes. You know deep down that you actually love parts of your body, be it your eyes, hair, feet, or hands. Pay more attention to those and remember to remind yourself daily of those parts of you that you like best! —Brenda Deere

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13. Sleep tight. Be sure to get eight hours of sleep every night. If weight loss is one of your goals, research has recently shown that the weight will come off more easily if you get enough sleep. —Brenda Deere

14. Stand up straight. This takes practice, but the straighter you stand, the better it is not only for your spine, but you actually look better and more confident which leads you to feel better and more confident. —Brenda Deere