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Healthy Is Strong

 

A strong woman takes care of her body.

We’ve gone over the importance of self-confidence and self-love, as well as things you can do to improve in both areas.

The third pillar of being a strong woman is being physically healthy. This might just be the most significant topic yet.

Not because it’s more important than the other two! But because it’s very hard to love yourself and have self-confidence while neglecting your physical health.

Ignoring your physical health sends a message to your subconscious that you aren’t worth the time and effort.

On the other hand, prioritizing your physical health sends the opposite message. It makes it easier to love yourself and enhances your self-confidence!

Being healthy isn’t defined by how much weight you can lift, how fast you can run, or by how toned your muscles are, and it definitely isn’t about the way you look.

Being healthy is about taking control of the three main aspects of health and trying to do the best you can with each one.

While doing so may end up leading to increased strength, speed, or muscle, the biggest impact it will have will be over the way you feel.

Components of Health

Exercise

What do you think of when you hear the word exercise? You might picture lifting weights, running on a treadmill, or other activities that take place between the walls of a gym.

This type of workout may totally be your thing, and more power to you if it is! But if the thought of putting yourself through a grueling workout in the gym is the last thing you feel like doing, not to worry! 

Exercise isn’t limited to the gym, it’s whatever you make it! And it should be something that you find enjoyable.

You can get in a great workout pretty much anywhere you can move around enough to get your heart rate up and burn calories.

Whether that means hiking, biking, walking, running, playing your favorite sport, or dancing. You get to decide what you want to do!

Nutrition

Lindsey grocery shopping for fresh produce

Eating healthy can sometimes sound boring or even downright painful. Flashbacks might flood your mind of the ridiculous foods you ate during one of those crash diets we’ve all tried at some point.

But eating healthy doesn’t have to consist of dry kale and lemon water for every meal of the day. By implementing macro counting into your meal plans, a healthy diet can be as exciting as you want to make it!

To learn more about what macros are and how to track them, check out my blog on macro counting. Simply put, macros are carbs, fat, and protein, and they each provide a set number of calories per gram.

Your body needs a certain amount of each macronutrient every day, as well as a certain number of calories.

As long as you’re consistently hitting your daily calorie and macro goals, you can fill up the stat sheet with whatever foods you like to eat!

While there are certain treats that should be enjoyed only on the rarest occasions, many of your favorite foods can be part of a creative and fun meal plan.

For even more help on tracking macros, check out my Ultimate Guide To Macros eBook!

Rest

Young woman sleeping in bed

Just as important as being active and feeding your body the right nutrients is making sure to get enough rest. This includes getting enough sleep and periodically taking time away from training if you need to.

There is such a thing as overtraining. It can lead to decreased performance and results, and will leave you feeling like garbage. If your workout routine includes extreme training sessions that leave you feeling exhausted and sore, I suggest taking 1-2 days off each week to recover. 

But what if your training regimen isn’t quite as brutal as that? Your body is definitely capable of handling light to moderate exercise every day of the week without taking a day off. All of the recovery your body will need can be achieved with a good night of sleep.

Most of the changes your muscles go through that lead to increased strength and lean muscle mass happen while you sleep. Not getting enough sleep can rob you of the progress you’re trying to make and can lead to a handful of other issues.

Regular lack of sleep has also been linked to higher stress, difficulty losing fat, and even heart disease!

So set a regular bedtime for yourself and start to wind down about 30 minutes before to help promote restful sleep every night of the week.

You’ll feel better and your body will thank you!

Be Healthy Today

Achieving and sustaining good health takes constant maintenance. No matter where you feel you’re currently at on the journey to health, there are meaningful steps you can take today to be healthy!

Physical health impacts the way you feel about yourself, affects your mood, and can alter the way you view and treat other people.

So take control of your health and enjoy a better life!

Not sure where to start? Try one of our FREE 15 day challenges!

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Lindsey Mathews

Lindsey Mathews

Head Trainer & Nutritionist

Lindsey Mathews is the Head Trainer and Nutritionist at IdealFit. She is a NSCA-CSCS certified personal trainer, C-ISSN certified sports nutritionist, Pn. 1 certified nutrition coach, and a nationally qualified NPC bikini competitor. Before joining IdealFit, she ran the largest boot camp program in Utah County.


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