June 06, 2013 12:00 AM | by Nada Allam
Small Adjustments For a Healthy Lifestyle
often lose track of the current cycle we have been living in, our work or
whatever else we do, usually gets the best of us. We lose track of the time we
spend at work, we don't sleep enough, and we go from having three proper meals
a day, to one mediocre meal. We start off by saying it's just a stressful
period, however a month or so goes by as you realize how drained and tired you
are. You lack energy, your jeans begin to slip from your waist and your immune
system is extremely fragile, making you an easy target for the viruses roaming
around. There are a few adjustments you should make in your life that will go a
long way for you in the present and down the road.
1. Lack of Sleep
A person should sleep approximately 8-10 hours per night. I know that 10 hours does seem impossible. By the time we are done with work and personal errands for the day, it's usually around 9pm. With the awesome episodes that have been airing lately, we like to relax on the couch and watch something before we sleep. However, try to save that late night TV time for the weekend when you have more free time. Think about, when you don't sleep enough, you wake up sleepy craving A LOT of coffee or some energy drinks which aren't at the top of your healthy list.
Tip: It's important that you know that the lack of sleep is the core of all what lies ahead in your healthy regiment.
2. A Healthy Breakfast
There is a reason why breakfast is the most important meal of the day. As it is the first thing that enters your mouth, you better make sure it's healthy. It starts up your metabolism, giving you that needed boost of energy and keeping you full and satisfied until mid-day. Studies show that people who have healthy breakfasts, are unlikely to resort to junk snacks throughout the day. Remember if you sleep well at night, you will be able to wake up early and prepare yourself a healthy breakfast. It is much more effective than skipping breakfast or loading up on sugary snacks.
3. Snack Healthy
If you feel like you must snack during the day, make sure you pack yourself a healthy delicious snack. I know salad seems like the most boring unfulfilling snack out there, so make sure you go creative. Firstly, increase the portion quantities, make sure to spice it up with a homemade salad dressing. Apple vinegar and basil do wonders in making food delicious. Also be sure to sip on some smoothies, they are ice cold sweet delicious drinks that will keep you full for some time. Be sure to check out how to make your very own Watermelon Smoothie.
4. Diminish your Stress
I know it's extremely hard to completely eliminate your stress, what with the world we live in, however reducing it is very possible. With a good sleep cycle and healthy eating habits, you should have no problem inserting exercise in your daily life. Make sure to free at least one hour of your day for a quick exercise and stress relief session. Studies have shown that physical activity pumps your body with endorphins, making you feel happier. It doesn't stop there, while exercising for even half an hour, you will find that for those consecutive 30 minutes you forgot about the day's irritations.
Tip: Regular exercise can also help improve your sleep, which will also help reduce stress and again enhance your entire daily cycle.
I know all of this is easier said than done, however the trick is to try and take it one step at a time and don't slack off. The easiest thing for us to do is to come up with an excuse about why we don't want to go for a run or to the gym; I hear you loud and clear. However a simple solution would be, slip into your sweats, put on a YouTube video on home fitness and tone up that body of yours. Just remember, there is a reason why sleep was put at the top of the list, a goodnight's sleep will make these little adjustments quite simple.
"To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life." - William Londen