While we’re all hustling and trying to make a case for ourselves, it’s easy to get so caught up and engrossed in what we’re doing that we sometimes end up neglecting our health, and that’s why it’s really important to sometimes stop and make sure that you’re not running yourself into the ground. After all, how can you hustle if you can’t even move a few steps beyond your bed? So take a break, and have a read on a few ways where you can always keep yourself in excellent shape, it is simpler than it looks.
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
It’s all too common a scene – we tell ourselves we should hit the gym during the weekends, but then due to a “lack of time” or just pure forgetfulness, we tell ourselves we’ll go to the gym for sure next week… and well, you get the idea.
But the importance of physical activity cannot be understated. It’s important for people of all ages and health conditions. It helps us burn off those extra calories, it’s great cardiovascular exercise, an excellent way of maintaining our muscle mass and when done consistently, certainly improves our well-being. The best part is this – it’s extremely easy to incorporate into your daily routine.
A few ways of doing that would be to
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator,
- Go on a family weekend activity
- Take a walk during lunch breaks
Snack Moderately – Eat Items Like Fruits, Whole Grains, Or Nuts Instead
It’s a great source of vitamins and minerals, especially fibre. So that when you get on the throne, everything is ten times smoother and you’ll be out in no time. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits or vegetables a day, like a glass of fresh fruit juice at breakfast, or an apple and some oranges as a snack, and a variety of vegetables during each meal.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
While drinking water is one of the best things we could do for our body, but it’s easy to forget since we only ever drink water when we actually feel thirsty. But even when we aren’t exerting ourselves exercising or playing sports, we lose a lot of water just by breathing, perspiring, urination and bowel movements alone. So even if you’re not feeling thirsty, it’s good practice to drink at least a glass of water every now and then.
One way to know if you’re hydrated or dehydrated — your urine should be colorless or slightly yellow. If it’s not, then drink up! Other telltale signs include: Dry lips or mouth, and little urination. Or if your wee comes out a strong yellow.
Get Enough Sleep
Everyone loves to sleep, but sometimes we overlook that as much as we do staying hydrated. A severe lack of sleep may contribute to numerous health problems including diabetes, obesity, and even heart disease. And if this continues to be a thing, your immune system may be compromised, meaning that even a simple flu is twice as potent as it once was.
Get yourself a good night’s worth of sleep by avoiding stimulants such as alcohol or caffeine when it’s nearing bedtime. Although many people use alcohol as a nightcap, too much of it can be counterproductive as your body begins to process the alcohol halfway into your sleep, potentially disrupting it.
Eat Less Processed Foods
They may be convenient if you just want a quick meal, they may taste good, but too much of it can be detrimental to your health. Processed foods; refined carbohydrates being one of them, are unhealthy because a lot of the nutritional value is lost during manufacturing, and the use of added preservatives to give them a longer shelf life.
Many processed foods contain a high amount of salt, which may lead to heart disease and higher blood pressure. A lot of what you’ll find in the supermarket are processed foods, such as white bread, bagged chips, certain types of meat etc. The more ingredients it has on the label (especially the ones ending with ‘ite’ or ‘ate’), the more processed they are.
So keep these in mind the next time you go out on a grocery run, and shop healthier.
Breathe in Deeply, and Deliberately.
Breathing is an autonomous process, you don’t need to think to do it, but are you actually doing it correctly? Many of us don’t breathe properly — we take mostly shallow breaths and breathe to a third of our maximum lung capacity. A full breath is one where your lungs are filled completely, your abdomen expanded, with minimum movement of your shoulders.
One of the benefits of deep breathing include a reduction in stress and blood pressure, relief of body aches and pains and the strengthening of abdominal and intestinal muscles. Deep breathing also helps to improve blood circulation, aids in the release of toxins in the body, and getting a better night’s sleep in general.
Now that you’ve read a few ways to keep yourself in good shape, it’s time to get started!