Live Healthy at The Aventine

Spend the rest of 2019 living healthier and let The Aventine help! Regardless of where you are in your health journey you can refocus today.

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 some sun.

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 you can.

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.

1.       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.

2.       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.

3.       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.

4.       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.

5.       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.

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