How To Be Healthy For Love

A good heart.

Physical fitness deserves priority attention. If you do, your life becomes easier, more enjoyable and just better. This includes finding and having love.

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Nothing in this article is medical advice. Please see a licensed physician concerning any health-related decisions.

In the article, How To Find Love Using Feng Shui Correctly, I wrote the following methodology that has worked well in attracting love.

  1. Love yourself, and if you feel you can’t, try to appreciate that you exist to experience this life.
  2. Be healthy in body, mind, spirit, and money, and if you’re not, it’s worth getting there.
  3. Enjoy life, because happiness in small things leads to bigger ones.
  4. Expect you’ll find and receive love, if you want it, just don’t worry about how. Let it happen as it does.
  5. Use Feng Shui to help 1 through 4, because your environment influences your behavior. 
  6. Be consistent for however long it takes.

In another article, I went into further detail concerning #2, focusing on the money aspect. You can read that here.

This time, we are going to explore how being healthy is not only an important facet of finding love, but also how it affects so much of our lives.

Physical fitness plays a pivotal role in your overall well-being. While there has been a growing movement to alter how society commercializes body types (very thin to overweight models), what remains is the importance of how it affects you as a whole. 

Frankly, it’s not just about having a toned body or looking good in accordance with public opinion.

Physical fitness deeply influences various aspects of our lives. From the obvious bodily benefits like reduced risk of chronic diseases, better cardiovascular health, and enhanced immune system, to the less looked-upon advantages such as improved mental health and increased productivity.  

Quality Of Life For The Overweight And Obese

A large Buddha signifying wealth and abundance.

Several sources, from Obesity Over Time via Open Learn to The Fat Studies by Esther Rothblum and Sondra Solovay, suggest the “fat acceptance”, and “big is beautiful” movement has been around since the 1960’s. Once the internet became the dominant medium, it escalated, garnering far greater attention.

I’d like to also note, in no way does this article suggest discrimination is acceptable. Physical appearance, along with other personal characteristics a person has no reasonable influence over, should never disqualify, or auto reject a person from living their lives. Skill and merit should always be the primary standard of measurement.

That being said, carrying excess weight, especially to the point of being overweight or obese, does have significant negative impacts on life. 

One of the most apparent areas affected is physical health. Obesity increases the risk of developing chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. These conditions not only reduce life expectancy but also decrease the overall quality of life. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists many consequences for being overweight/obese, including an interesting reference on how it impacts the economy.

This can result in frequent sick days. Yet, when present at work, individuals might struggle with reduced energy levels and focus. This can limit career opportunities and earning potential, contributing to financial stress and reduced overall life satisfaction.

Research also suggests that obesity is linked to cognitive decline and an increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. This could be due to obesity-related conditions like diabetes damaging blood vessels in the brain or the presence of inflammatory markers associated with obesity affecting neural pathways.

Risks Of Too Much Exercise

Working out too much is unhealthy.

Overexercising, also known as overtraining, can also lead to a range of physical and mental health problems.

One of the most common issues associated with excessive exercise is the risk of injury. Pushing the body beyond its limits can strain muscles, tendons, and ligaments, leading to sprains, strains, and stress fractures. 

Another problem that arises from excessive exercise is the risk of burnout. People who overtrain often experience fatigue, both physical and mental, which can make it challenging to stay motivated and maintain a regular exercise routine. 

Your immune system can also weaken from overexercising. Intense and prolonged physical activity can suppress immune function temporarily, leaving the body vulnerable to various illnesses. This can also disrupt the balance of hormones in the body, leading to irregular menstrual cycles and decreased libido in both men and women.

VeryFit published an article that goes into further detail about how too much exercise can affect a person.

Benefits Of A Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy workouts are great for the body.

In many ways, this goes back to self-love, which you can read more about in another article I published. How you treat yourself indirectly sends a message to others.

Should you choose to engage in a balanced diet, regular exercise, and other self-care practices, you’ll find this very much affects your vitality. One of the most noticeable benefits is the significant boost in energy levels.

When you fuel your body with nutritious foods and engage in physical activity, your metabolism functions better and you get a steady supply of energy. 

This increased energy not only helps you power through your daily tasks but also enhances your enthusiasm for life, allowing you to engage more fully in activities you enjoy. Harvard Medical School published an article that describes the energetic benefits of a diet that consumes clean proteins, vegetables, and oils.

A well-maintained body also has a direct influence on mental cognition.

Regular exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function, memory, and focus. It promotes the growth of new brain cells and strengthens the connections between them, enhancing overall brain performance. 

This mental sharpness, combined with higher energy levels, allows for better problem-solving skills, creativity, and productivity in both personal and professional pursuits. Harvard Medical School published an article supporting how regular exercise notably improves memory and thinking skills.

In addition to the physical and mental benefits, taking care of your body can significantly improve your emotional well-being.

Exercise, in particular, stimulates the production of endorphins, often referred to as “feel-good” hormones. These chemicals in the brain act as natural stress relievers and mood enhancers, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Scientific American published a study that demonstrated how mice that exercised (were more active) used the part of their brain for producing pleasures more.

How Healthy Lifestyles Affect Success

Health is a huge part of success

Investing in your health and physical fitness is an investment in your career and overall success.

When you are physically fit, you possess the energy, vitality, and mental clarity necessary to excel in your professional life.

Regular exercise not only keeps your body in shape but also boosts your confidence and self-esteem. A fit and healthy person is often more productive, focused, and able to handle stress effectively, making them more appealing to employers and colleagues alike.

It also improves your endurance and resilience, enabling you to tackle challenges with more of a positive attitude.

Setbacks and failures are inevitable, but a healthy lifestyle equips you with the mental and physical strength to bounce back stronger and more determined. Regular exercise has also been linked to improved creativity. 

Additionally, good health reduces your number of sick days. When you are rarely absent due to health issues, you build a reputation for reliability and dedication. 

Psychology Today published an article that supports the career benefits derived from a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise.

Attracting Love Through Good Health

Healthy bodies attract loving bodies.

While it’s true, love knows no boundaries and can happen to anyone, the reality is being healthy and physically fit undeniably makes the journey of finding love easier. There are several reasons why.

First and as described earlier, good health and physical fitness contribute to higher levels of self-esteem.

When you feel good about yourself, you radiate confidence that is attractive to others. That can be a magnet, drawing people towards you and making it easier to initiate and maintain romantic relationships. 

Next, being healthy sends a message.

It implies taking care of yourself, which includes paying attention to grooming, personal hygiene, and overall well-being. When you invest in self-care, you present your best self to the world, which can be very appealing. People are naturally drawn to those who take care of themselves, as it signals that you are capable of taking care of others in a relationship.

Furthermore, good health fosters a positive outlook on life.

It suggests you approach relationships with a sense of optimism. Healthy individuals tend to handle dating and relationships with maturity and patience.

An article published in Psychology Today provides some extra details on why body weight and fitness affect love lives.

Health Matters More After 40

Health matters more after 40.

When hitting your 40s, the body further undergoes the natural aging process. This often includes a gradual decline in muscle mass, bone density, and metabolic rate. It’s also when you begin to reap the “rewards” from the years of eating late at night, fast food, alcohol, and more.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle of exercise and an improved diet can help mitigate these effects. It may even make you feel better than when you were 20 years younger.

Regular exercise has been linked to improved cognitive function, memory retention, and mood stabilization, all of which are that much more important the older we become. Physical activity also releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood elevators, which help to alleviate stress and combat feelings of anxiety or depression that may arise.

Furthermore, being healthy after 40 is a testament to your commitment to personal and familial responsibilities. Thinking of loved ones is another compelling reason to prioritize physical health after the age of 40. Maintaining your health is a way of expressing love and consideration for their well-being. 

A healthy and active lifestyle also sets a positive example, inspiring others to prioritize their health.

Healthy Lifestyle Habits Worth Considering

There’s no exact science to finding love, but there are patterns and consistencies to what men and women tend to look for. These approaches are worth considering, as they have worked well for many, including myself. 

Feel free to use whatever you feel works best for you.

Choose A Better Lifestyle Over Diet

A salad is an excellent healthy choice.

Diets are often short-term fixes and deprivation, whereas a healthy lifestyle is a sustainable approach to overall well-being. This encourages balanced nutrition, regular exercise, and adequate sleep. 

A lifestyle is something you make a part of yourself and continue.

Embracing a healthy lifestyle means enjoying a variety of foods in moderation. This makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight while still enjoying the pleasures of eating. 

This is about living right instead of just eating right.

Limit Carbohydrates And Eliminate White Sugar

White sugar is very unhealthy for you.

Carbohydrates are a primary source of energy for the body, but not all carbs are created equal.

Refined carbohydrates, such as those found in white bread, pasta, and sugary snacks, can cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels, leading to energy crashes and increased hunger. By reducing these refined carbs and opting for complex carbohydrates found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, you can stabilize blood sugar levels, maintain consistent energy throughout the day, and lower weight gain.

White sugar, as in soft drinks and the like, provides empty calories with no essential nutrients. Excessive sugar intake has been linked to health issues, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Sugar also contributes to tooth decay and cavities.

Reduce Alcohol

Limit your wine intake.

It’s well documented that regular consumption of alcohol has terrible, long-term effects. If you’d like to enjoy the benefits of good health and fitness, then alcohol reduction is a must. 

Some experts have said that a glass of wine or a small amount of spirits, like whiskey, every evening is good for the body. Others have said that even a little bit consistently every day is just as bad.

I can tell you from personal experience, that I do better not drinking alcohol daily. I definitely enjoy a drink here and there, but I’ve also found that if I want to have the benefits of good health, I do better without alcohol. 

It’s up to you, of course, and, as always, if you’re in doubt, consult a physician for further input. 

Daily Exercising

Daily exercising is a must for health.

Exercise is absolutely essential.

However, what you choose to do for exercise is less important. As long as you are moving your body, you’re doing well. 

If possible, find an activity that you enjoy, whether it’s jogging, dancing, swimming, or even playing a sport. Consistency is key, so aim for at least 20 minutes of vigorous activity a day with a 10-minute warm-up.

Listen to your body and progress gradually; don’t push yourself too hard, especially if you’re a beginner. Stay hydrated, wear appropriate clothing and shoes, and consider exercising with a friend or joining a class to stay motivated. 

Lastly, remember that rest and recovery are just as important as the exercise itself, so make sure to get enough sleep and allow your body time to heal and rejuvenate.

Healthy Body, Healthy Relationship And A Better You

The healthier you are, the better you'll feel.

Prioritizing your health is undeniably worth it.

When you are healthy, you are better equipped to navigate the complexities of relationships, communicate effectively, and support your loved one in their own health journey. This is something that can help to create a strong foundation for a strong, lasting relationship.

In many ways, your health reveals your character.

At the same time, being healthy is essential for loving yourself. Your body and mind are interconnected. When you treat your body well, you’re also nurturing your mental and emotional state. It’s an investment in your present and future, shaping not only the way you perceive yourself but also how others perceive and cherish you. 

Simply speaking, it comes down to this. Be the best possible you. The more you are, the more you get back in return.

Until the next time, cheers.

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