Do want to know the secret to feeling your best? Getting enough sleep, maintaining healthy nutrition and staying active are the three most important things you can control. Your psychological health is affected as much as your physical health if you can commit to these three rules.
Giving up unhealthy vices is a start. Anything that is “bad” for you only makes you feel good for a little while. For example, drugs and alcohol give you a temporary feeling of euphoria but the side effects stick around and lead to decreased productivity of the mind and body. Denial will set in and tell you that you need these substances to feel good. This is the beginning of a downward spiral that leaves you incredibly out of shape and depressed. Managing your feelings to work for you, instead of against you, is so much easier during sobriety.
Along a similar line, foods void of nutritional value may taste good while you eat them but they wreak havoc on your body and leave you feeling drained and sluggish. Eating a balanced and reasonable amount of healthy foods will increase your energy, jump-start your digestion and leave you feeling and looking better every day. You will start to look forward to meals, popping out of bed in the morning and realizing you have enough energy to exercise!
Exercise may be hard at first. It can make you sore and tired for a short time. The benefits of exercise, especially over time, will increase your energy and help you process foods in the best ways. Burning fat and building muscle are just part of the benefit. Your heart health, or cardiovascular endurance will become much stronger, allowing you to exercise longer and harder. This makes everyday tasks a breeze and leaves you with all the energy you need to stay on top of your work out plan. Judo and Jiu-Jitsu is for anyone in almost any condition. You will start slow and work up to higher levels of training. It takes time but a hard Judo class, for an athlete that can give it his/her all, can burn around 900-1000 calories! This is all while gaining strength, endurance, flexibility and skills that no ordinary work out plan has to offer. Falling and tumbling properly is the first thing you learn and practice each day. Practical exercise like grappling develops your whole body and will send you home ready for a good night sleep after every class.
Staying up late and over-sleeping through the morning may feel good once a week. Continuing to deprive your body of sleep or sticking to a healthy rhythm will cause you to feel exhausted when you shouldn’t. While the amount of sleep will differ from person to person, the National Sleep Foundation generally recommends that adults get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Kids and teens need more sleep (teens need 8.5 to 9.25 hours of sleep a night, while school-aged kids need 10 to 11 hours of sleep a night). This is the time when your body heals the most and prepares you for your day ahead.
A lot of things can get in the way of our goals. Setting priorities and keeping them is the fastest way to achieve our goals. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will decrease the psychological barriers such as, fear, denial and a lack of self-esteem. It is important to know and be constantly coached that you are capable of achieving your goals and doing a great job getting there. Confidence in your coach will allow the relationship between teacher and student to do it’s job, which is, get you where you want to be!
At American Judo and Jiu-Jitsu Academy our staff of instructors are all trained to bring the best out of our students. Obviously you can learn Judo and Jiu-Jitsu but learning about yourself, your short and long-term goals, your nutrition and your team make the journey to the best feeling version of your self so much easier than trying it on your own. Let us show you how we change lives in every aspect and give us the chance to have you feeling better in no time. With a free trial and free health assessment you have nothing to lose. Get up right now and hit the mats!