Olivia Williams encourages women to practise self-care, by taking action that will help improve and maintain their health and fitness
As we step into the celebratory month of love, relationships and womanhood, it’s a great reminder to not only celebrate others but also YOURSELF. In the midst of the challenges and trying to be everything to everyone all the time, it’s easy to forget the importance of self-care.
Hands up if it’s ever felt easier to forget about yourself? Hands up if you’ve ever neglected the body God gave you and felt the weight of guilt? And hands up if you’ve ever felt the physical symptoms of guilt, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, feelings of unworthiness, poor energy levels, muscle tension and more? Although His grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9) and His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23), it’s time to address these signs and prioritise YOU!
Ageing Gracefully and Hormonal Influences
As we age, there’s no better time to care for ourselves – especially around the age of 40. Changes occur in a woman’s body: bones shrink in size and density, and muscle mass declines, affecting strength, flexibility and endurance.
Research indicates that hormonal changes – particularly in progesterone, testosterone (it’s not just for men!) and oestrogen – vary during the menstrual cycle and menopause, affecting cell production. These changes can manifest into symptoms like changes in weight, water retention, and more.
It’s essential to be mindful of these fluctuations, as increased progesterone and oestrogen levels after exercise may impact overall hormonal health. Monitoring the phases of your menstrual cycle can provide insights into hormonal changes and guide exercise routines.
The Body as a System
Similar to a banking system, our bodies respond to what we put in. Just as the Holy Spirit does when He brings everything to our remembrance, our muscles have that capacity to recall the memory, but lack of input of the right things can lead to output deficits, impacting muscle mass and bone health, potentially causing issues like osteoporosis. To address hormonal imbalances, consider natural treatments, such as managing stress, maintaining a moderate weight, ensuring adequate sleep, and incorporating herbal remedies like red clover, sea moss, and red raspberry into your routine.
Putting Yourself First
Picture your body radiating love and strength, perfectly complementing the God within you. Imagine feeling your best, appreciated wherever you go, a result of the dedication to looking after the body where God dwells.
Secrets to Planning Ahead
To help you on this journey, we’re sharing the secrets to planning for the body you desire. Before we delve into these secrets, ask yourself a crucial question: Would you like to feel and look your best, and be all that God has called you to be this year without guilt?
The confidence to prioritise yourself comes from recognising you are more than enough.
5 Secrets for Health and Fitness
1. Stress Reduction Through Exercise
Combat stress, anxiety and depression through exercise that stimulates and releases happy hormones. Consistent physical activity increases good cholesterol and lowers bad cholesterol, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
2. Balance and Flexibility Exercises
Include targeted exercises to enhance balance, flexibility, stability and coordination, helping to counter vertigo.
3. Antioxidant-rich Nutrition
Incorporate pomegranates into your diet, as they are antioxidants that protect cells from extreme radical stress and are high in vitamin C to boost the immune system.
4. Incorporate Strength Training Exercises
If you are new to strength training, it is advisable to use your body weight, dumbbells or household items. And train two to three times a week.
5. Reduce Screen Time
Exposure to blue light, such as smartphones, tablets and computers, before bed can impact melatonin levels. Melatonin is a hormone that plays a crucial role in regulating sleep, and can have an impact on your sleep quality, cause fatigue, disruptions in mood, and difficulty in concentration, which may affect the overproduction of insulin in the body – the root cause of obesity-related illnesses.
These basic secrets are a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health as you celebrate yourself this month.
Olivia Williams is a clinical health and fitness/weight loss specialist, nutritionist, life coach, and spiritual leader.
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