In honor of Men’s Health Week last week, we sat down with one of our employees, Jarrod from our Human Resources (HR) department, to find out what he does to stay healthy and feel good—and then we let him post about it on our Instagram account. For those of you who didn’t see Jarrod’s posts, here’s a breakdown of his healthy habits.
- Take care of your mind, not just your body.
“Self-care” isn’t just getting massages or putting on face masks – it’s taking time to do things that make you feel better both physically and emotionally – and it’s good for everyone. Whether you like taking a walk in the sunshine on your lunch break, turning off your cellphone, or setting aside time for a check-in with your friends, doing things that help you relax and recharge will help you be more productive when it’s crunch time.
- Pay attention to what you eat.
The food you ingest is what fuels your mind and body throughout the day, so it’s important to consider this when planning your meals. Preparing your food at home allows you to control what you do—and do not—eat. Looking for summer lunch ideas? Salads and smoothies are easy to make and are packed with fruits and veggies—check out Jarrod’s cantaloupe smoothie and chopped salad recipes below!
- Move more.
Regular exercise is known to have many health benefits such as lowering your risk of heart disease, building stronger bones, and elevating your mood. If you feel like you don’t have time to work out regularly, or if you don’t know where to begin, consider incorporating movement into your daily routine. Try walking or biking on your commute or taking a stroll outside during your lunch break—you’ll be surprised by the difference a bit of movement can make.
- Remember that moderation is key.
It’s easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you balance healthy habits with occasional indulgences. It’s okay to go out to eat with friends, enjoy a happy hour after work, and skip a workout without undoing all the effort you’ve put into being healthy. Allowing yourself to have fun and rest is an important part of being well.
Want to see photos, videos, and tips from Jarrod’s Instagram takeover? Follow us at @emblemhealth!