We wish our friends and family good health, while they also wish us good health. But we rarely wish each other beauty. And why not? Even if it’s often seen as vanity, looking good (both for ourselves and others) isn’t exactly a bad thing. Health and beauty are inevitably tied together.
Yes, health and beauty go hand in hand.
When we’re healthy, many of our physical qualities become more appealing and favorable. Our skin looks better and healthier. Our teeth look whiter, and our smile benefits as a result. Our hair is stronger and easier to manage.
The truth is that the stereotypical traits associated with beauty aren’t just about beauty; it’s also about health. So if you want to start the new year with an effort for self-improvement, consider living a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle will make you look excellent. And in this article, we’re going to take a look at how to start achieving both health and looks.
Exercise for Overall Health and Great Shape
Exercise is commonly associated with “shaping” the body into a more desirable form. We often see muscular men and slender women in advertisements for health and beauty products. While such a level of physical fitness and aesthetics is not without its risks, making an effort to exercise both to manage your weight and improve your athleticism goes a long way when trying to improve your health.
For some, taking that step toward exercise can be scary, especially if you feel out of shape or don’t know where to start or what exercises are best suited to suit your needs and goals. If this is the case for you, there are plenty of resources online to help guide you through your journey towards physical fitness and healthy living.
But sometimes finding the time to fit it all into your busy schedule can be challenging. It is important to integrate fitness into your daily routine. Remember that looking good and staying healthy is a conscious and constant effort, and that begins with exercising. It’s also important to consult with a doctor or an osteopath if you have any musculoskeletal issues that prevent you from exercising fully.
Don’t Forget To Drink Water
Dehydrated skin is weak, prone to bruising, and obviously very dry. Most of us need to up our daily water intake at least a bit, and if you have trouble remembering to drink, try sipping water through a straw, or try making it tastier with the addition of a few drops of aloe vera and lemon juice.
There’s nothing quite like looking and feeling so dry that your skin becomes weak and easy to bruise. No matter how busy you are, never neglect your bodily needs. If you find it challenging to drink regularly, apps can remind you to drink at regular intervals, or you can also just set an alarm on your computer or smartphone. You can also add a bit of flavoring to your water, like adding lemon or cucumbers. Just don’t overdo the sugar.
Stress Can Manifest Itself Physically
Stress can manifest physically when our body’s cortisol levels are high. Cortisol causes inflammation, and your body tells you this when you have unusually frequent acne. Not only that but stress can also cause fatigue, and you know what people look like when they are tired. Eye bags, a dull or pale complexion, and poor posture contribute to us feeling and looking less like our best.
For proper stress management, you have to avoid pushing yourself to your limits all the time. Instead of constantly ignoring stress until you can’t anymore, make sure you always make time for yourself regularly. This can mean daily or weekly, or as long as you don’t beat yourself to exhaustion before doing self-care.
A simple act of kindness towards yourself, like meditating, an intimate cup of coffee alone in the morning, or an invigorating sports activity with friends, will help you regulate stress and, in turn, look more vibrant.
Lastly, You Are What You Eat
We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat” but don’t fully understand the extent of this saying. The food we consume will inevitably reflect on our health and physical appearance. If we eat too many sweets and fats, it will reflect weight gain.
If our diets lack nutrients and vitamins, it will show through dull-looking and dry skin, bad hair, and weak nails. This is why we always need to have a diet rich in vitamins, nutrients, and minerals. Our bodies need it not just to be healthy but also to look good.