Although most people understand the importance of exercising and eating a nutritional diet, that doesn’t mean it’s easy, especially during a pandemic. With gyms closed or operating under COVID-19 guidelines, it can make adopting a healthier lifestyle challenging for some people.
However, you can do things like at-home workouts, diet changes, and more to make it a little easier. Being healthy doesn’t just entail losing weight because everyone’s “healthy” looks different. For some, gaining 25 pounds is the goal, while for others, it’s losing 40 pounds.
Keep reading to learn how dedicating time to becoming a healthy weight can improve your life.
Reduces disease risks
Being under or overweight can lead to osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, and more. To minimize the risk of a potentially serious disease, maintaining a healthy weight is key. Ensuring that you’re getting proper vitamins and nutrients while also keeping your bones and muscles strong severely decreases your chances of getting sick. Depending on your situation, you will either need to gain or lose weight. Eating nutritious meals with the proper amount of calories can help you do both. Creating an exercise plan can also help. Consider getting a personal trainer as they’ll give you insight into whether you should be doing weight training, cardio, or a mix of both.
Improves mental health
As stated above, when you’re under or overweight, it tends to come with a lot of additional health risks. Having to manage said health risks could go beyond affecting you physically and begin to disrupt your mental state, potentially causing disorders like depression and anxiety. It’s no easy feat to navigate life while battling a disease. However, habits like exercising can decrease the chances of developing serious diseases causing you to worry less about your physical health, and prioritize your mental well-being. Additionally, exercising is a stress reliever as well. When working out, you release endorphins that can boost mood and energy. This will positively impact the level of stress you feel daily and leave you feeling refreshed.
While this may not be commonly known, being an unhealthy size can negatively impact your libido. Being at a weight you’re not comfortable with can influence your confidence in the bedroom. Performance anxiety stemming from a lack of confidence can lead to erectile dysfunction and lack of arousal. Instead of being focused on enjoying yourself, you’re busy feeling self-conscious about your appearance. Losing or gaining weight is the easiest way to correct some of those sexual difficulties you may be experiencing as it can boost your confidence and self-esteem. Alternatively, if you are beginning your health journey, you can try ed meds to correct performance issues in bed, or if you’re a woman, using lube to help as well.
Increases body confidence
Being confident in the body you’re in is crucial to self-esteem. In the world of social media, where most people’s bodies look “perfect”, it can be easy to think lowly of yourself. Especially if your body doesn’t look like the ones society has deemed “ideal.” But push societal standards aside, and worry about your health. Getting to a healthy size will not only give you a sense of accomplishment but make you look and feel great. When you look in the mirror, you’ll see nothing but a hard-working and healthy body. Using positive affirmations when you’re looking at your body in the mirror is a great way to make you feel even more confident in the skin you’re in.
Keep in mind that you shouldn’t be doing extreme dieting or engaging in unhealthy exercise trends. Do your due diligence and consult a trusted medical professional about which health plan would be the safest and most beneficial to you.