What are physical habits? Physical habits are what we do with our bodies. It can include everything from the way we walk, all the way down to weather or not we brush our teeth. What we do physically is called our physical habits. Most people know how to take care of their bodies. However some of us had to learn how to do this.
I am one of those people who had to learn how to take care of my body. It is something I am still learning. Old habits die-hard. When we are in the habit of not taking care of our bodies it shows on the outside. For example, I am learning how to eat. For a majority of my life I overrate and emotionally ate. Now I have some weight to take off. It doesn’t come off over night.
Our physical habits can include:
One very important need us humans have is to move our bodies. It’s called exercise. When we don’t get enough of it, we get rusty. Our bodies stop wanting to move at all and our bones begin to creek. Sounding like loose floorboards. Did you know that one way your bones stay healthy and strong has to do with how much muscle you maintain?
Our muscles actually protect our bones. Having muscle lessens our chances of getting osteoporosis. Not only this but when we exercise we are protecting our heart as well. We work our heart so that when it starts to work hard it’s not really working too hard! What I mean by that is that our heart is one big muscle and just like all the other muscles in the body it also needs regular exercise.
Eating/What we eat
Learning to eat has been my biggest challenge yet. There are so many types of foods out there. Most of them are canned, boxed or created to make our busy lives easier. The problem is that while these foods are easier to fix, sometimes saving us time and money. They are most time much worse for us, having chemicals and way too much sodium or sugar for one body to rid itself from in one day.
This is a huge problem in our society right now. We work so much and drive so far from home that our focus is to save time and rest. Meaning that we spend less time focusing on what we are really putting in our bodies. I am learning that a majority of the kinds of foods I need to be eating are on the outside aisles of the store. Someday maybe I could have a garden. Then I would for sure know what I’m putting in me.
Personal care/brushing our teeth/flossing
You might think this one really doesn’t belong here but I promise it deserves some attention. Have you gone to the dentist lately? Do you know what happens when teeth start to rot. Maybe you’re not included in this area. I didn’t think I was. Then one day I was practicing my good eating habits with some yogurt and almonds when I started chewing something that was like dirt.
I couldn’t figure out how I got rocks or dirt in my yogurt. Turned out, one of my teeth had broken. I freaked out as I had never had a tooth break or any teeth problems at all. It’s not only limited to teeth. Do you regularly brush your hair. There are many more parts of personal care to go into. These are things only you can answer though.
Regular physical/check ups
Ahhhhh. The doctor. When was your last doctor visit? Are you one of those people who wait until your super sick to go to the doctor. With insurance the way it is these days, you are not alone. Most people can’t afford to use the insurance they pay an arm and a leg to have. However, if you keep your regular check ups you might be able to prevent a serious illness from stealing even more money from you.
I have heard our bodies compared to cars multiple times and I like the analogy, so I’m gonna use it too. Our bodies are like cars. If we put oil all over the top of the car it’s not going to work properly, it needs to go in the engine. Not on top. Our bodies need maintenance, tune ups, oil changes. We just don’t run smoothly without evaluating what our bodies actually need.
This is why we have doctors. They tell us where and what medicine or activity to help us get better. Make sure you choose the right doctor though. Preferably someone who listens to you. My last check up was horrible. I was switching doctors due to an insurance change and he put a weight code on it and didn’t listen to me at all. I was not there to talk about my weight but my blood and my insurance doesn’t cover weight management.
Paying attention to other physical needs like emotional, mental and spiritual health.
All of our health is equally important. If our mental health is suffering then so will the rest of us. As well as our emotional and spiritual health. In order for us to be well-rounded individuals we need to be able to recognize and realize who we are. What our needs are and how to go about supporting our needs.
The thing is that if we are not paying attention to all of us we can easily get out of balance and maybe even be the main cause of one of our other systems crashing. I could compare us to computers too. A computer thinks, right? But if it has a virus or something is deleted on the hard drive it won’t work properly. If a piece of software is missing it will give us an error code.
Our bodies are similar to this. Our emotional, mental and emotional health can be triggered by events in our lives as well as physical stuff like hormones. If your hormones or physical chemicals are out of balance it can effect your mental capacity. It can even diminish it. So the next time your thinking about your physical health and what is going wrong, try to think of the whole picture. The number on the scale is not the most important and might not even be what is causing you to be whatever way you think is wrong.