Modern lifestyles often mess up our priorities; and between family and work, sometimes there isn’t enough time to have the exercise regime that would be ideal. That’s why here are some tips to do something nice for your body, no matter what your routine is.
Tips to Improve Your Health
Never skip breakfast
This cannot be stressed enough. After a night’s rest, our body wakes up in some sort of alert: too many hours without food. Even if you’re not hungry your body is, and the longer you starve it, the worst it can get.
Metabolism slowing is one of the consequences, which can negatively impact your ability to lose weight. Another one that also increases weight is that because of the alarmed status of your body in the mornings, anything you ingest will be put as reserves for a while. Try to eat something light within your first 30 minutes awake, avoid sugars and fats, and you’ll see benefits.
Don’t sit down! No, don’t stand up either!
Desk jobs have a serious problem: more that 6-10 hours sitting. This is bad on the long term, very bad. Clots of blood can form and other cardiovascular problems arise. Be sure to stand up and walk every 45-60 minutes, for at least 3-5 minutes. Go get water or go to the bathroom. Even keep typing but stand up for a bit.
On the other hand, some jobs require long periods of walking. Doctors and lawyers see lots of this. If you cannot sit down for at least 10 minutes every 90 minutes, be sure to buy some medical tights. Forget fashion for a while and do so, as they are unisex designs that help circulation so you can avoid problems caused by standing up for two long.
And do it along the day. We are mostly made out of water, so any body function you can thing of needs it in some way. Many common problems like constipation, some headaches, and even dizziness, can be due to inadequate water intake.
Be sure to drink some early in the morning and, if it doesn’t make you wake up in the middle of the night, drink some more before going to bed. This will help your body tremendously, and even more if you reduce your soda and alcohol intake. Also, be sure to drink a glass of water for every beer or so when you go out. You won’t suffer a hangover ever again.
Walk and take stairs
Maybe get down of the bus a couple of blocks before your destination or leave your car farther away. If you work in the 26th floor, just use the elevator for the first 21 stories and use the stairs for the next 5.
The idea is to move around in order to enhance your physical condition, have better circulation and do your respiratory system a favor. This is mandatory if you smoke, as it will help you with some of the consequences of doing so.
Have some “me time” every day. Using social network sites doesn’t count. Listening to music while working doesn’t, either. Be sure to have some time for you, every day.
If you’re an extrovert, hanging out with others might be great and for introverts, assuring at least 30-60 minutes a day for reading or watching a TV series is the least you can do. It has been proven by psychologists that recreational time is not a waste, but a necessity for human beings.
Not just time, but also distractions. Be sure to turn your TV off and if you live near the subway or a construction site, soundproof your room a bit so there are no distractions and interference.
Constant stimuli during sleeping hours has been found to be a risk factor among diabetes predisposed people. Also, sleeping comfortably, helps the body repair itself from injuries. So next time you go to sleep, don’t limit yourself to see how many hours you’ll get, also be sure to not be disturbed.
All in all, be sure to have your health as a priority. Don’t neglect it because of others. In order to continue enjoying life, take care of yourself so you don’t have to worry about serious issued that are triggered because of small things you could have taken care of before.
About the Author
Justin Arndt is a full-time fitness and health consultant and the author of the upcoming book Lose Weight Fast – The Science of Weight Loss.