We all put so much effort into our physical appearance. We get our hair done, manicures and pedicures. We do cardio, lift weights…and the list goes on. Physical beauty is great and all, but what does it count for if we are unhealthy on the inside?
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Some individuals are blessed with a super fast metabolism and can eat anything and everything without gaining a single pound. I was that way. Attempting to put on weight, I would eat really unhealthy foods. I had no idea how to eat to fuel muscle growth. I would go to the gym and work my butt off, but then go home and fill up on all the wrong foods. I was unknowingly undoing all my hard work.
The point of that story is that I looked healthy on the outside, but I wasn’t feeding my body anything beneficial. If I continued on the path of horrible eating, I would have ended up with some serious health issues. As soon as I became aware, educated myself about proper nutrition and learned the difference between gaining good weight (muscle) and bad weight (fat), I quickly made the appropriate changes to fix it.
The key take away here is that you must honor your body and your hard work in the gym with good nutrition. I know it’s difficult to maintain a healthy diet with our fast-paced lives and temptation everywhere. However, eating well is the key to happy, healthy, vibrant living. So, before you dig into your next meal or head out to the store for groceries, ask yourself, “What will this food do for my health?” If you don’t like the answer, simply don’t put it in your mouth or bring it into your house. If you don’t know where to start with your nutrition, check out this article from FitnessRx for Women.
IT’S TIME FOR YOUR CHECK-UPS
Another thing us ladies should be on top of are our visits to the doctor. Get your regular check-ups with your gynecologist, dentist, sports physicians, etc. Internal health is obviously much more important than just appearing physically healthy, so why do we put it on the back burner? Well, probably because we can’t see what’s going on inside, so it’s not always a top-of-mind concern. However, internal issues that go unaddressed will eventually escalate and become evident in how we feel and look. When this happens, we likely have a much more serious issue our hands that may have been avoidable had we kept up with our regular visits.
Ok girlies…this was my little reminder for you to take of yourself and your health. It’s easy to neglect the details when we’ve got a million things going on. So, make those appointments and appropriate changes in your lifestyle and nutrition so you can look as good on the inside as you do on the outside!
Until next week!