The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Staying Fit & Healthy
The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Staying Fit & Healthy
We all know how completely unappealing the thought of exercise is after a long day at work (or maybe a long day at home. Or any day at all), but none of us can pretend that we don’t need the activity. Nowadays we tend to sit much more, both at work and at home, and the modern lifestyle doesn’t leave much place for regular physical activity. Instead of walking, we drive. Instead of playing with our children, we tend to give them a tablet to play with. Like it or not, there is always something important to do, and there is simply not enough time for wellness. If you don’t want to sacrifice your free time to the gym, but would still like to put some effort into your health and fitness, you’ll find some tips in this article.
1. Get enough sleep
The first thing that many of us forget about is the importance of sleep. We often think that a couple of cups of coffee will make up for it in the short term, and then we’ll make up for it for real, but the sad truth is that the making up simply doesn’t happen as often as it should. The consequences of sleep deprivation in the short term are fairly obvious and a part of common knowledge and everyone has faced them at least once – grumpiness, lack of focus, sleepiness etc. However, the long-term effects are far more sinister, and they cover everything from the risk of obesity to the shorter life expectancy. Yep, sleeping is simply that important. Depending on your health and system, you may need 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Figure out the optimum time for you, and stick to it.
2. Make sure your day starts in the right way
If you skip breakfast, you’ll definitely be hungry later, and chances are that you’re going to overeat. Therefore, make some time for breakfast before work – you’ll feel better and you’ll have fewer problems with losing weight or keeping it. Another good habit to adopt is drinking warm lemon water before breakfast. Vitamin C will give you energy so you don’t have to drink coffee, it’ll get you awake more quickly, and it’ll even help with weight loss.
Stretching in the morning just feels so nice, doesn’t it? It provides you with plenty of benefits also. Stretching makes your muscles more flexible which improves your performance in nearly everything you do, from writing to moving furniture. It is a great stress relief and helps your posture, while it improves your circulation as well. So, even if you’re not into yoga, take some time and stretch in the morning as long as you like, it’ll do wonders for your health and mood. Additionally, remember that you can do it almost everywhere, from your bed to your office!
4. Exercise on the go
The internet is overflowing with 5-minute exercise routines, so there’s no lack of time that’ll make a good enough excuse. Five minutes in the mornings and evenings is not really a sacrifice in time, don’t you agree? Keep in mind that a full-blown training session is the best way to keep in shape, so try to do them as often as you can because these are the best way to stay fit. Make sure to take some high-quality protein supplement to make up for the lost glycogen and preserve your muscles.
Of course, there are many things you can do that don’t even feel like exercise if you still can’t find the proper motivation. Walk or ride a bike instead of driving. Take your dog out for a walk around the neighbourhood, not just to the nearest park. Do your shopping three times a week and go to the supermarket and back on foot, instead of once a week by car. Chase your kids around instead of just watching them play. Try to do the housework as fast as you can. All of these activities will help you burn extra calories and not really feel like exercise, which is a good idea for all of you who dislike going to the gym.
5. Take supplements
No matter how hard we try to eat well, it simply doesn’t always work. How many times did you just take an energy bar instead of a real breakfast in the last couple of months? With your hectic lifestyle, it’s important to always make sure that your body has all the nutrients it needs to function well. If you don’t exercise all that much, some vitamins will probably do. Adapt your diet and your supplements to your lifestyle, so your body always has enough energy to go on.
With all the problems we have to face on a day-to-day basis, it’s not a surprise that some of us are neglecting our own wellbeing. However, with a few simple alterations of our lifestyle, each and every one of us can stay fit and healthy.
Contributed by Mianna Korben
Mianna is a passionate writer currently living and dreaming in Europe. She’s an unapologetic lover of premium makeup, fashion and champagne with a bit of a bag fetish.
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