Signs That Lead You to Great Health
By Donna Stark
You’ve wrestled with the idea for weeks, gave serious thought to creating a realistic goal for yourself, and spent more time than you ever imagined coming up with a plan that fit your lifestyle. It didn’t matter if the goal was a number on the scale or a size hanging on the rack because you had plenty of motivation to get you through the journey. But it still would be nice if you had some signs, other than that dreaded scale, that all of your hard work was making a difference, right?
The Scale Isn’t Your Only Sign
The human body is very complex and no two bodies are alike. An exercise that works great for one person’s weight loss may not be right for you, or the diet that your friend found incredible success with may be one that you are finding tremendous amounts of struggles with. So how can you tell if you’re on the right path to optimal health and fitness? Well, here are some clues to look for.
- Meals leave you feeling satisfied - Unlike processed food which leaves you feeling empty and craving more, fresh produce, lean protein, and healthy fats will leave you feeling nourished and completely satisfied. You may not even need that late-night snack before bedtime anymore.
- You finally have energy - When you aren’t supplying your body with enough vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, it can often feel like you don’t have enough energy to even roll out of bed. Literally … you can’t even roll. But the opposite is true with a nutritious diet, and by consuming healthy foods, you can expect to have constant, steady energy that lasts all day.
- You’re dreaming - Which means you are actually sleeping. Sometimes you don’t even realize how bad your quality of sleep is because it’s always been your norm. But when you start consuming a healthy diet and exercising regularly, your sleeping patterns may change for the better and it will be then that you see how sleep-deprived you really once were and how much you missed a really good dream.
- You’re becoming a seasoned pro in the gym - Perhaps before you started this new, healthy lifestyle you were choosing the slowest speeds and lightest weights at the gym, and still felt sore for days afterward. But now, the intensity has been ramped up, the weights have gotten heavier, and that soreness you felt? Well, let’s just say your recovery has gotten a lot quicker too.
Appreciate the Signs
The changes that you start to notice with your body are signs of all the progress that is being made. And like the first few glimpses of spring, it’s a signal to you that the worst is almost over and a new beginning is right around the corner.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Raleigh, N.C.