We all lead busy lives and it is easy to get caught up and forget about the basics. Here are our five things to stick too for a healthy and happy life.
There are exercise programs out there that promise amazing body transformations in a short amount of time but they're gruelling. If you love that kind of challenge then go for it! We are doing them quite often in our lunch breaks for a quick workout during the day.Walking is a great way to ease into exercise as well as running and jogging. We love to take it to the hills for an extra challenge and the great views. Trail runs can be a release for the feet as the terrain is usually softer and less demanding on your joints.See what suits you best, even incorporating more runs/walks into your everyday life helps. Such as leaving the car when possible or using your commute as your work-out.There are 1440 minutes in every day, schedule 30 of them for physical activity.
This is one that we for one are always struggling with. Drinking enough water in the day can be hard but it is vital to your health. Proper hydration aids in digestion, organ function and protects joint health. Consuming the proper amount of water daily keeps your skin healthy and helps flush out any toxins in your system. You need to drink more water when you're exercising because you sweat it out. Sports drinks are okay after a strenuous workout because they replace electrolytes but be aware that they contain sugar and added calories that you won't find in water. Fruit juices are good hydration too because they have vitamins and minerals but even the most natural juices contain sugar and sometimes high amounts of sodium.
Fresh Air and Sunshine
Venturing out into the sunlight has many benefits, a major one being that when your skin is exposed to sunlight, it produces Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium which is vital for building and maintaining strong, healthy bones. Low levels of Vitamin D can lead to certain cancers, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression. Vitamin D's ability to aid in calcium absorption prevents bone diseases like osteoporosis and rickets. Sunlight isn't the only source of Vitamin D, it can also be found in fortified dairy products, cod liver oil, eggs and fish like salmon and tuna.
A good rule of thumb to use when grocery shopping is if you can't pronounce the ingredients then you shouldn't be putting it in your body. Fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grain foods are best for your body. Many breads that claim to be whole grain and nutritious are also full of preservatives and excess sugar. Take eating healthy a step further by baking as much food as you can from scratch. You'll gain peace of mind knowing exactly what ingredients went into the food you're eating.
Rest and Relaxation
Never underestimate the importance of a good night's sleep! As hectic as your life is, your body needs time to recharge. Insufficient sleep can lead to fatigue, depression and anxiety. Even just a few nights of not enough sleep affect your mood, judgment and memory. Longer bouts of inadequate sleep can lead to health problems like depression, and heart disease. You might be tempted to try and work through a problem by staying up all night but it's better to sleep on it. Quite often the right solution presents itself in the morning after a good night's rest.Also spending time with your loved ones is important too, maybe combine the next catch up with your friends with a brisk walk outside!
What would you add to the list? Let us know!