Major daily commitments to getting in shape can be difficult to commit to, but there are little things you can do every day that are a huge plus to your health.
- Get enough sleep.Seems easy enough, but with our busy schedules we can deprive ourselves of the sleep we need. Get at least seven and a half hours of sleep and you’ll be better off for it. You’ll feel more energized and sharp. Getting too little sleep can muddy your mind, weaken your willpower and increase your chances of gaining unwanted weight and developing type 2 diabetes.
- Drink a lot of water.Lack of hydration can cause headaches and impair brain function and mood. Start your day off on the right foot by drinking a big glass of water when you first wake up. Some experts say to drink eight full glasses of water a day while others say it’s best to simply sip on water regularly throughout the day.
- Go outside for some fresh air. Being outdoors and getting fresh air periodically throughout the day has positive effects on mental health. Get up from your desk now and then and go for a walk. Since walking is good for you too, you’re giving yourself a double-dose of goodness.
- Keep moving. Sitting too much is bad for your mental and physical health, and the remedy is movement. Dose yourself with activity a few times a day. Go for a walk (see number 3!), do some yoga stretches and take the stairs as much as possible throughout the day.
- Eat right and mindfully. Nutritionists recommend a daily minimum of five servings of vegetables and three of fruits. They’re good for you and fill you up so you’re less likely to eat too much. If you feel the need for a snack between meals, enjoy an ounce of nuts, which lower cholesterol, provide a lot of fiber as well as protein, vitamins and minerals. Make a point to have at least one mindful meal a day. No television or computer, just you and your food. It can help your frame of mind.
Make these easy actions an everyday habit to stay healthy, whether you have a full workout routine several times a week or are unable to get to the gym during the week.