At The Aventine, we care about the health and wellness of
our residents. We offer a 24-hour fitness center with cardio and weight
training equipment, an indoor lap pool for aquatic workouts, a water bottle
filling station to encourage hydration, and an outdoor playground for our
younger residents to get out and move. We also care about the mental health of our
residents through a good work/life balance in our clubhouse and coworking lounge
to get away from the apartment now and then, off-leash pet park where you can play
with your pup, and outdoor pool to relax after work or on the weekend and catch
Regardless of if you live at The Aventine or have access
to these types of amenities, we think your health, both physical and mental,
are important. Now that we’re halfway through the year it’s a perfect time to
reevaluate any goals or resolutions you set for yourself back in January. Given
that the majority of resolutions don’t make it past February there’s a good
chance you’ve slipped behind on where you had hoped to be by now, but the
important part isn’t that you always stay on track 100% of the time, but that
you don’t get discouraged when you hit a setback and start back up as soon as
Any doctor, nutritionist, or other healthcare
professional will tell you that a healthy lifestyle is a journey. While your
day-to-day decisions are important, what’s even bigger is taking little steps
that lead to bigger progress over time. If you’re struggling to hit your larger
goals, think about smaller action items that will add up and produce success.
We are not doctors or health care professionals, but we have come up with five smaller
ways you can focus on your health and reach some of the larger goals you’ve set
for yourself in the past.
Drink More Water
Every single cell in your body needs
water to function. In fact, a healthy human body is made up of 60-65% water. While
not ideal, a body can live for around three weeks without food, but the average
human can only go three to four days without water (maximum about one week).
Water aids in nearly every bodily function such as digestion and temperature
regulation as well as healthy joints and weight control. Dehydration, even
slight dehydration, can lead to a multitude of health issues such as tiredness,
low energy, headaches, and worse. Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger,
which can lead to overeating or poor food choices.
The problem is it’s not always
easy to remember to drink water regularly. If regular daily hydration is
something you struggle with, it could be an easier goal to set for yourself
that can help with several aspects of your overall health goals. Get in the
habit of carrying your favorite reusable water bottle with you and tracking
your water intake with a free app like Plant Nanny (for both Apple and Android),
or get a new water
bottle with handy markings that help keep track of how much to drink.
Commit to drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water per day and you’re guaranteed to
see results soon.
Get More Sleep
Other than water, sleep is arguably
the most important aspect of a healthy lifestyle, yet, like water, we often
forget to focus on it. Adults should be getting around eight hours of sleep
every night, but thanks to stress, a poor work/life balance, too much caffeine
or alcohol intake, or other factors, we rarely get adequate rest. Sleep is a vital
part of a healthy lifestyle because it allows your brain to rest and reset,
your body to heal and repair, and for you to prepare for the next day. A lack
of sleep can lead to several health issues like obesity and diabetes, or even
heart failure and stroke. Sleep also allows our body to regulate hormones which
helps with both mental and physical health.
Those who get the full amount of
sleep every night tend to be generally healthier, with increased productivity
and concentration, better mood and emotion management, healthier weight, better
athletic performance, and more. Thanks in part to western society’s emphasis on
work and staying busy, it can be difficult to shift our focus more on rest and
sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep think about keeping a sleep journal
for a week or two – write down how much you sleep every night and how alert you
feel the next day. Talk to your doctor about this, or even consider
participating in a sleep study.
Focus on Your Mental Health
Talking openly about mental
health isn’t always easy, but mental health is just as much – if not more – important
as physical health. Studies have shown that those who have better mental health
are generally more physically healthy and have better success rates at
achieving physical health goals such as weight loss. Mental health is more than
simply mental diagnoses like anxiety, depression, and the like. Just as sleep
is important for a balanced life, so is relaxing and regularly stepping away
from work or other areas that may trigger stress. Try out new hobbies like
journaling, knitting, or yoga that can help relax the mind, or if you’re more
active by nature find somewhere you can go hiking or enjoy the outdoors.
Stress can lead to burnout and
health issues, so by focusing more on your mental health and fighting stress
you can see better results in many areas of your life. If you have the means a
licensed therapist or life coach could also help with your mental health goals.
Make Reasonable Exercise Goals
You may or may not have heard of
the term S.M.A.R.T. Goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-based).
Often S.M.A.R.T. Goals are used in business to develop KPIs and track ROI, but
they are easily transferrable to other areas of life like health and wellness.
Are you having trouble hitting any of your health goals? Maybe it’s not your
fault, but your goals’. If you’re having problems losing weight, for example,
don’t aim for 5 pounds every week then get discouraged when you obviously can’t
keep that up. Instead, aim for 1-2 pounds per week. If you can’t seem to get in
the recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day, start off with every other day
or 2-3 times per week and work your way up.
Back in January, we gave some tips
to keep motivated through the new year. July is the perfect time to go back
to some of those goals, reevaluate and recommit to them. Try out new types of
exercise as well. If you dread stepping on the treadmill every day it’s going to
be easy to start making excuses instead of working out. Find ways to keep at it
and stick with it for the rest of 2019 so you can start 2020 ahead.
Talk to Your Doctor
Before starting any new diet,
exercise program, or other health-related activity it’s important to consult
your doctor or another health-care professional. Also, keep in mind that “healthy”
looks different on every body. Take professional athletes, for example. The
peak basketball star’s physique is going to look vastly different from a weightlifter’s.
We’re all built differently, with different bone and muscular structures, not
to mention hormones and metabolism. Find a doctor or nutritionist who
specializes in your needs and can offer you advice based on your personal goals
as well as keep track of your progress and monitor results.
What are some of the ways you’re going to refocus on your
health for the rest of 2019? Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to let us know!