Diet, exercise and rest the three staples for a healthy and happy life. But how many of us can truly tick all these three boxes. Most people could happily claim one, if not two but all three really?
Our hectic lives often mean lunch grabbed on the go, fewer hours for relaxation and an often-abandoned commitment to exercise.
How can we incorporate more of the good stuff into our daily routines without getting up even earlier or going to bed even later? We look at some tips on finding balance and how to live your best life.
Not everyone wants, or needs, to lose weight but in a climate of increasing obesity it doesn’t hurt to take a look at what we’re eating and check-in with our bodies to see if it’s healing or harming us.
Health experts agree that with just a few simple changes to what and how you eat can pay dividends in terms of health benefits. The best thing you can do for yourself is ditching your on-the-run lunch and dinner habit. Instead just take a few moments to plan your meals for the week and incorporate leftovers for lunch. You will eat fresher, eat less and save money. It’s an all round win.
If you want to take things even further examine the quality of food that you’re eating and look hard at eliminating as much sugar as you can while upping your intake of fresh fruit vegetables. A little change here and there and you’ll be making a significant contribution to your health and quite possibly your bank balance.
Finally consider how you eat. Are you gulping down your lunch in front of a computer screen or taking your time to enjoy each mouthful and live in the moment? If you’re not doing the latter, take a moment or two for yourself to stay present and enjoy the food you’ve worked hard to prepare. Eating mindlessly often leads to overeating and that feeling of sluggish discomfort that can stay with you for the rest of the day. Eating to around 80% full will leave you sharper, less bloated and far less sleepy come 3pm.
It’s not always necessary to follow a strict diet to stay healthy, just by eating a little more fresh food and a little less processed produce and you’ll begin to feel better in a surprisingly short time. Get your meal planner out and invest in some inspiring cookbooks.
Not everyone enjoys sprinting around a park or pedaling furiously uphill but your body gains immeasurable benefits from staying active. This is particularly true if you have a sedentary job and spend a lot of time hunched over your desk.
Rather than worrying about falling behind with your work, studies have shown that as little as half an hour’s exercise at lunchtime can make you a more productive and efficient worker in the afternoon. This could look like a walk around the shops, a session at the gym or yes, a run. If you’re looking for a little motivation or accountability get a walking or running buddy to come along with you. If you want to see some improvement as you exercise, consider downloading an app or podcast to your phone that encourages you to walk faster, run and so on.
If getting out isn’t an option than there plenty of ways to get the blood flowing while you sit at your desk and a number of websites that offer exercises for office workers, including great stretching routines. If you suffer pain in your back, neck and shoulders associated with sitting down all day your physiotherapy professional will probably recommend some of these routines.
The benefits of exercise are, of course, widely known but even just a few minutes spent walking daily can help boost your metabolism, lower cholesterol and bring down your heart rate all the while increasing your fitness. You will feel more relaxed, sleep better and feel more motivated and positive about yourself.
The final side in the triangle is quite simply a good night’s sleep. Simple if you don’t find it hard to drop off and once asleep, stay asleep. For so many of us out there that is easier said than done.
Cases of insomnia are on the rise and it’s easy to see why. With access to technology 24-hours a day we spend a lot of time glued to our screens, not allowing our brains to adequately wind down and relax. Our busy social lives see us up late drinking and socialising, becoming overtired and not sleeping well.
The answer is to find some more time to wind down and relax before bedtime. Switching off your phone at least an hour before you head to bed will avoid your brain from becoming too overstimulated and then waking you up later in the night.
Finding a way of incorporating some kind of bedtime pattern into your evening will send the right signals to your body that it’s time to sleep and begin the process of winding down for the night. Create just the right environment with a cool, dark and quiet bedroom and a bed with a comfortable mattress and pillow. You might even consider investing in the Memory Foam versions that form themselves around your shape as you sleep, holding you in position.
This triangle of health and fitness is a hard balance to achieve and it’s easy to focus on one side over another but they are all worthwhile spending time and effort on.
Make improvements in what and how you eat and you’ll train better. Learn to organise your time around exercise and you’ll sleep better. Figure out how you can sleep earlier and longer and you’ll feel motivated for the rest of the day.
There are little things that we can all do to take charge of our well-being and having a busy life doesn’t always have to be a barrier to making improvements. Start your health wish list today and see some positive changes tomorrow.
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