Hello! Today while on the lovely trail I was inspired to write a health and fitness post on simple ways to stay healthy. I am not writing this post to preach the gospel of health wisdom; I am writing this post to illustrate how easy it is to make changes in your everyday life to stay healthy.
Now, if you can’t commit to making all of these changes at once, don’t worry about it. It’s not an overnight process. It takes time to become accustomed to a routine that works for your body. So, take your time and remember to stay healthy.
1. Catch up on those Zzz’s
- Believe it or not, lack of sleep could be the factor that is holding you back from losing weight. Did you know that you lose weight while sleeping? Maybe that will be your encouragement to sleep at least seven to eight hours a night. As a college student, students my age are known for working 15-hour days on a four-hour sleep schedule, which doesn’t make sense to me. Not only does lack of sleep affect your work ethic, it’s harmful for your body. It’s a daily commitment for me to make time to sleep, but there will never be all-nighters for this college girl.
2. Cut back on caffeine beverages
- Yes. I know. It’s hard to say no to those wonderful Starbucks treats every morning before work or class. But, what if I told you that drinking your calories could be another reason that you aren’t losing that extra weight? If you think about it, imagine your daily meals: You drink coffee or tea in the morning for breakfast, soda for lunch, a pick-me-up coffee for your 3 p.m. crash, and an iced-tea for dinner. Those calories add up. You will be surprised how many calories you cut back when you stick to drinking water. On the plus side, you’re saving money from vending machines and cafe’s when you dine out. So, you’re welcome for the money-saving tip!
3. Bring a bottle of water with you everywhere you go
- And, the beverage of choice you should consume frequently throughout the day is water. Staying conscious of your water intake on a day-to-day basis could improve your health, too. Not only are you hydrating your body throughout the day, but also you are flushing out the toxins in your body that could potentially give you a cold. So, if you feel a slight sniffle coming on, hydrate well because you might be surprise how powerful water is for your overall health.
4. Pick protein
- Nuts, eggs, beans and grilled chicken are perfect examples of the protein that you should consume for your health. Protein helps your muscles to repair themselves in addition to giving them nutrients that they need to sustain growth and development. And, the more you develop your muscles, the more likely you are to help to lose extra fat. So, treat your muscles kindly and incorporate lean protein into your diet.
5. Consume carbs, but choose cautiously
- Carbs are important, they give up that extra energy boost that we need to stay on top of our daily schedule. But, I call carbs the, “addiction food,” meaning whenever you eat a large portion of carbs, your body naturally craves more. And, normal people give into that craving and end up overeating a food that can cause bloating and extra calories. So if you’re having pasta or bread, choose whole wheat or whole grain instead of white. The nutrients that are in whole wheat/grain bread are stripped out of white bread, which removes the healthy component for your meal. So, choosing carbs carefully will help you stay healthy.
6. Stay organized
- What does this have to do with staying healthy you ask? Well, I can tell you. When you keep your space (room, home, dorm, apartment) clean, you feel good, right? Everything is clean, tidy and put in its specific place, and all is right in the world. But, when your living space is unorganized, you feel overwhelmed, anxious and stressed out because you feel as though your life is in shambles. Those feelings of stress can cause weight troubles. Not necessarily with gaining weight, however it makes it difficult to lose weight. It’s common to plateau during a weight-loss period, but if you find that you’re stressed out more often than normal, maybe it’s your organization that could use a boost. Use an agenda to keep track of appointments and work and stay on task with daily chores.
7. Walking will work wonders
- Think about it: you’re home from work, class or an internship and you feel as if you have no time to do everything that you want to do. You have an essay to write, an appointment or meeting and you still need to clean the house and make supper. There seems as though there is no time in the day to work out at the gym for an hour. Well, I don’t believe you need a gym to receive all of the health benefits that walking will give you. Walking is a form of meditation; it’s the part of the day that I look forward to because I can take a pause from a busy day and breathe. It’s relaxing but it’s still a workout, so you’re helping not only your physical health, but also your mental health, too.
8. Laugh more often
- Laughing is healthy for the heart and soul. Laughter brings out the embedded happiness that lies inside us and releases it to the world. The more you laugh, the happier your life will be. And happiness is the key to staying healthy. Remember, it’s not all about diet and exercise, simple factors such as your mood and your outlook on life could contribute to your overall health and well-being. Write in a journal on good days to reflect on why the day was so lovely and use that as inspiration next time you’re having a bad day to turn it around. The simple factors play the largest role in remaining healthy.
I hope you all enjoyed today’s heath and fitness post on simple ways to stay healthy and that you learned simple ways to change your day-to-day routine that will benefit your overall well-being, which includes your physical, mental and emotional health. Remember, it’s not about eating a salad three times a day and exercising for two hours twice a day. There are simple fixes to help you loose weight and stay healthy in general. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day and, as always, I will talk to you all soon. Bye!