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August is National Wellness Month

Friday, August 12, 2022

While August is National Wellness Month, we should be focused on it year-round. Here are three ways you can improve your overall health and wellness:

  1. Exercise: The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends adults partake in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise and strength train at least two days a week. You can meet these guidelines by lifting weights, taking a group exercise class, or going outside for a walk or bike ride. Exercise has multiple benefits that will help with your overall health and wellness.
  2. Balanced Diet and Proper Hydration: Having a well-balanced diet plays a vital role in your health, and experts recommend having a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Eating healthy can prevent many chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Just as important as a balanced diet is proper hydration. On average, over half the human body is made up of water and not staying hydrated can have negative effects on the body. To stay hydrated, make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day, replenish any fluids lost after working out, and eat water-rich foods like watermelon, cucumbers, and lettuce to stay hydrated.
  3. Stress Management: We all get a little stressed and overwhelmed at times. We’re constantly on the go, put too much pressure on ourselves, and don’t leave time to stop and breathe. Stress can have negative effects on the body and your health. Exercising is a great way to relieve stress along with yoga or mindfulness classes. It’s important to set time aside throughout the week to relax, regroup, and focus on yourself.