|STEPS TO A HEALTHIER YOU|
Know the popular phrase; Health is wealth Well it still is.
However, a healthy body leads a wealthy life.
Often times when we hear of health, we probably already feel overwhelmed at the large sacrifices we have to make.
Like eating small portions of veggies for a whole week? who’d want that!
Or exercising four times a week with loads of equipments? The burns can already be imagined.
But what if, there were little adjustments you could add to your daily routine to ensure a healthier lifestyle?
Definitely not the 30kg a week kind, but the better feeling, more energy and productive living.
Here are a few “baby steps” you could start taking today to ensure a healthier you;
Uhh the tasking and biggest thing everyone does not enjoy doing, lol. But it doesn’t have to be as demanding as you imagine it.
Just going for an early morning run, walk or jog everyday and hitting the gym at least 3 times a month can do a whole lot of good for you.
Exercises like running help build your muscles, create bone density, improves cardiovascular fitness, and maintain a healthy weight. And exercise in general, reduces risk of disease and potentially, increases your life span. It’s all benefits!
You need to drink lots of water, you’ve probably heard that 8 glasses a day is the healthy dose to take. However, I read somewhere that while some people might require up to 8 glasses a day, others may require less to stay healthy and hydrated.
You don’t necessarily need to guzzle down the whole gallon. You just need to drink enough that you don’t feel thirsty often and you could also get a recommendation from your doctor.
According to mayoclinic.com, the recommended fluid intake for men is about 3.7 litres and for women 2.7 litres, this covers fluids from other beverages as well as water.
Health benefits of water include, keeping your temperature normal, getting rid of wastes through urination and perspiration, protecting sensitive tissues, increasing energy, regulating appetite and improving digestion.
3. GET MORE SLEEP
Yes sleeping is a very healthy part of a person’s life, stop scrolling through your phone or watching TV at least 30 minutes before bed.
Be intentional about your sleep time and stick to it, even on weekends. Get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep daily and if you have a really busy schedule, at least 6 hours but don’t make it a habit.
Sleeping healthy can boost your immune system, put you in a better mood, strengthen your heart, and increase productivity.
4. EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
All fruits and veggies contain vitamins and minerals which are essential to your health. A suggested 2 cups of fruits and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day is recommended for a healthier living and the easiest way I’ve found to get this daily value is juicing or making smoothies.
5. DON’T SKIP MEALS BUT DON’T EAT ALL THE TIME
As weird as this might sound, skipping meals can leave you feeling famished which is very unhealthy as it would lead to impulsive and irregular eating pattern. Eat only when you are hungry and stop eating when you’ve had enough.
Eat a healthy breakfast as it would help you get your day started with loads of energy and keep healthy snacks in between meals. Avoid carbohydrates for breakfast and opt for more protein and good fats-rich foods. These will keep you fuller, longer, give you more energy and prevent you from snacking. So ditch the bread and cereal bowl for breakfast and rather eat eggs, avocados and plain yogurt.