Sanger: Healthy from the inside out | Opinion – Branford News

For years I obsessed over how much I weighed. Would watch those little numbers on the scale swing up faster than they ever ticked down. Luckily, I was able to let go of my focus on those numbers and rely on I felt overall as my health barometer.

Many folks obsess over those numbers often giving those three little digits the power to make or break how they feel that day. Lets take control of our health and take back the power weve given to the scale. Its time to focus on getting healthy from the inside out.

A few things came into focus for me after my hysterectomy. Its hard to look at a scar that literally cuts through your abs and goes from one hip to the other hip. This also happens to women that have had a c-section while giving birth. You think to myself my tummy will never be the same again.

To win this battle within yourself you need to step back and look at the big picture. In my case, it was feeling better than I had in several years. Literally getting my life back. For women that had a c-section giving birth, looking at that precious face is all the reason theyll ever need.

When you look at the overall picture, we often wonder why we allow ourselves to be controlled by something as simple as numbers on a scale? Why are we not as focused on how we feel?

It might sound really simple but focusing on getting healthy from the inside out can make a big difference in how we see things. And its not as hard as you may think. Here are a few simple tips to get you started looking at the big picture today:

Drink lots of water. Thats right I sound like a broken record but this is my No. 1 tip that I personally follow every single day. Fill up that water bottle and take it every where you go to make sure you drink the water your body needs.

Garbage in. Garbage out. Thinking of food as fuel for your body goes a long way in helping you make better food choices. Instead of reaching for chips when you want a snack, grab a piece of fruit. And count it towards the five to 10 servings of fruit and veggies you need to eat daily.

Sleep. Unfortunately, we are a sleep deprived nation but our bodies need rest to rejuvenate. Ill go into how important sleep is in a future article but skimping on rest is not only linked to poorer physical health, but also mental health.

Exercise. Exercise for me is not only for my physical body but for my mental health as well. I find I am short tempered and less patient on days I dont exercise. Find something you like to do and do it. Its that simple.

Feeling my best is freedom for me. Freedom to live my life and explore this beautiful world we live in. What does feeling your best mean to you? When you figure that out, the rest falls into place. Have an amazing week.

To your health,


Denise Sanger is an over 50 health/lifestyle blogger and speaker. Known for motivation, inspiration & loving the BEACH. Certified fitness instructor, Silver Sneakers Instructor, Zumba, STRONG by Zumba instructor, gentle flow yoga, teaches morning classes at Country Strong Gym.Denise may be reached at, 386-292-6105 or

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