When your body is healthy and functioning well, it’s easier to enjoy life, stay active and pursue your passions. Forming lifelong healthy behaviors and consistently getting in key vitamins and nutrients can help ensure that every part of your body operates the way it should. To treat your body well and keep things running smoothly, aim to make the following habits a part of your everyday routine.
BREAK A SWEAT REGULARLY
In addition to keeping you lean and fit, working out regularly boosts your blood flow, which is key for supporting both your heart health and your sexual health. In fact, the two go hand in hand—performance issues are often an indication of heart disease, and clogged arteries can cause performance issues. To strengthen your heart and get your blood flowing properly through your arteries, aim to get in around 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity every week. For optimal benefits, this should also be done in conjunction with at least two days of muscle-strengthening activities every week. A good rule of thumb is that one minute of more intense activity is roughly equivalent to two minutes of moderately intense activity. So, whether you’re into brisk walks or high-intensity interval training (HIIT), just be sure that you’re getting in enough exercise to bring health benefits.
RUN ON PREMIUM FUEL
The health benefits of regular exercise only go as far as your eating habits allow. Processed foods, refined grains and red meat might please your palate, but they can be full of chemicals and added sodium. They might also lack important nutrients and can even be associated with serious health problems, like increased blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Instead, aim for a low-fat, low-dairy, balanced diet of whole grains, fish and plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Doing so will support your overall health by helping you maintain a healthy weight and supplying your body with the nutrients it needs to stay strong and active. An estimated 71 percent of adults over age 20 are overweight or obese, and obesity raises your risk for vascular disease and diabetes, both of which are major causes of sexual health issues.
LEARN TO LOVE FATTY FISH
There’s a reason why the American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, at least two times a week. They contain omega-3 fatty acids, unsaturated fatty acids that are the building blocks of cell membranes that keep your cells functioning properly and fight inflammation throughout your body that can lead to heart disease and joint pain. Omega-3s are particularly important for heart health, as they work to support healthy triglyceride levels and blood pressure. If you’re only capable of eating so much fatty fish every week, enhance your intake with a daily fish oil supplement.