By Adi Golani
Most of us take better care of our cars than ourselves. Think about it. You give your car a tune-up every 3,000 miles or so, check the brakes at 30,000 miles, and if there’s a noise that doesn’t sound right – it’s off to the auto mechanic! When it comes to your body – we tend to ignore some signs that something might not be working right.
There’s a clear difference between your car and your body. A car can be replaced easily while your body on the other hand cannot be traded in or replaced for a new one. As Gautama Buddga said “Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.”
We look to get stronger, be in our best shape and yes, get the best body. We should remember to give ourselves care. In simple words, we need both the exercise and maintenance. Here are 5 tips to keep your body in great shape.
1. Fuel Up Fill your body with the best fuel for your brain and muscles. Combine high-quality carbohydrates with lean proteins.
2. Drink Up Not only is it important to stay hydrated during workouts, it’s also important to drink water consistently throughout the day. Try to drink 10-13 cups a day.
3. Check Your Tires Same as with your car tires, a little tread doesn’t mean it is safe to keep driving on them, when you wear out your sneakers, that has an impact on your joints, ligaments and bones.
4. Get Some Sleep Achieving good sleep is essential to both our activities and to our health. Did you know that the more sleep you get, the faster your muscles will heal and recover from exercise!? The amount of sleep needed varies from individual to individual. An average adult needs between 7 to 8 hours of sleep but some can function with 6 and there are some who need 9 hours (or more) of sleep. The best way to figure out if you're meeting your sleep needs is to evaluate how you feel as you go about your day. If you’re getting enough sleep you will feel energetic all day long.
5. Massage & Stretching With A Ball Or Foam Roller For those who workout regularly, we break down the muscle tissue and exhaust our muscles during exercise. Massage and stretching can help loosen up the muscles and reduce stiffness. Massage therapy has been perceived as a luxury item and is ain’t cheap BUT it can surely be replaced with self massage, using a ball or foam roller.
To summarize, your body is a high-performance machine, capable of amazing things if given the care it needs. Treat it right and it will run well for a lifetime.