WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU?
Good health is about more than eating healthy or exercising. A lot of it has to do with eating the right foods and exercising the right way for your body type, and mental and emotional health plays into it a lot, too. It can be hard to figure out what’s the best thing for you individually, as healthy practices are not one-size-fits-all.
Diet is certainly a key component of healthy living. But when I say diet, I don’t mean Keto, Atkins, or Paleo. Those kinds of fad diets don’t work for everyone and can in fact be detrimental to your health. A better way to think about your diet is by eating what’s right for your body based on where your body naturally stores fat. Apple, hourglass, and pear body types (to name a few) all store fat in different places in their bodies. Therefore different kinds of foods will be better for them in both weight loss and weight maintenance. This article from The Healthy goes into detail about different body types and the best foods for them to eat in order to stay healthy.
Your body type should also be taken into consideration when working out. There are three body types in terms of fitness: ectomorph, endomorph, and mesomorph. Most people are a combination of the two, and might be a different type on top and bottom. In any case, losing weight and building muscle look a lot different for each body type. To find out which you are, and the best ways to reach the results you want, see this Life Hack article.
Eating right and exercising are extremely important for keeping your body healthy, even if you’re not trying to lose weight. But what about your mental and emotional health?
Mental health has long been a taboo topic, but it has recently been coming more into the light, and more people are talking about it. This is a good thing! Many people may go long periods with an undiagnosed mental disorder if they feel like they’ll be looked at differently for getting it treated. If you struggle with any anxiousness, depression, unexplained mood swings, substance addiction, a compulsive need to have things a certain way, or a number of other abnormal thoughts or behaviors, you may have a mental health disorder. Here is a list of free self-assessments to help you determine if you may have a mental health disorder. Remember, though, these are not definitive, and if you are struggling with your mental health, it’s best to see a doctor or a therapist who can assist you.
If you feel you are generally in pretty good shape with your mental health, it’s still a good idea to take steps to keep it that way. Self-care, meditation, doing things you love, making time to call or be around loved ones, and making lists of things you enjoy or are grateful for are all good ways to keep your mind healthy.
Emotional health is also a key ingredient to overall health. Being healthy emotionally doesn’t mean that you never feel negative emotions, but rather that you can identify them and deal with them in a healthy way. Understanding how you deal with stress, sadness, and anger is important, as is expressing those emotions in a productive and non-reactionary manner. An article from Family Doctor helps you identify steps to better emotional health.
Physical, mental, and emotional health are all equally important to an overall healthy lifestyle. They all work together and in fact affect one another. Keep in mind that not all bodies need the same things, and that taking care of your mental and emotional needs is just as important as the physical ones.