When it comes to self-care it’s easy to overlook your physical self care. Our health relies on the balance between our physical, emotional, and mental selves, which is why it’s important to talk about the benefits of regular exercise. As someone who recently started working out, I can tell you that I feel 100% physically and emotionally better compared to the last several months.
There are so many health benefits to practicing physical self care, and today we are going to talk about it. But, first I want to tell you what self-care means and why it’s important.
What Is Self-Care?
Many nonprofit organizations, scientists, and health experts have defined what it means to practice self care.
The World Health Organization, also known as WHO, defines self-care as: “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.” In other words, it’s the way you take time off to practice healthy habits to care for our emotional, mental, physical, social, spiritual, and hygiene/practical needs.
What is Physical Self Care?
Physical self-care, also known as physical activity, is any bodily movement that requires tons of energy. It’s a fancy way of saying exercise. We’ve all learned how important it is to move our joints and muscles frequently. Exercising is good for the health and can help lower your chances of catching incurable diseases or death.
Physical self-care, also known as physical activity, is the first out of the 08 dimensions of self-care. This dimension focuses on the need for and the benefits gained from regular exercise.
Here are a few ways to practice self care
- Weight Lifting
- Active Household Chores
Why is it Important?
Regularly exercising and getting adequate amounts of it are important for many reasons. It improves health, fitness, and mood. In addition, scientists and health experts have linked exercise to other benefits such as losing weight and reducing the risk of metabolic illnesses and non-communicable illnesses, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer.
The World Health Organization (WHO) listed physical inactivity as the fourth leading cause of global death and increased mortality rates. In addition to lowering your chances of getting sick, exercising regulates already established illness and improves mental health.
How Much Exercise is Recommended?
Many factors go into how much physical activity you need. As always, I recommend speaking to a medical professional or a doctor to determine what works best for you. with that said, there are tons of information on how much exercise is needed per age group.
The average person typically needs about an hour of exercise at least 2-3 times a week consistently. You can do many types of exercises, such as aerobics, yoga, strengths, cardio, balancing..etc.
Which types of physical self care you need depend on your health conditions. I recommend speaking to your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or an expert if you have specific questions on tailoring this towards your individual needs.
Why is Self Care Important?
Self-care is important because it helps you maintain a healthy relationship with your physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental selves. It helps you to produce feelings of happiness and transmit those feelings to the people around you.
Physical self care helps with maintaining your weight, metabolism and prevents you from getting sick. It’s always important to get a regular amount of exercise, even if that means stretching for 10min a day.
Self-care produces feelings of happiness and transmits those feelings to the people around you. It’s how you’re able to understand and process what you’re body wants and needs.
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