In the fast paced world that we live in it can be easy to neglect our health and wellness. We’re so busy racing through our day to day lives that we don’t take the time to look after ourselves. It’s really no wonder that so many of us are tired and run down. What are some simple things that we can do to improve our quality of life?
You’ve heard it a million times and you’ll probably hear it a million more: Drink more water!
Think about it: The human body is 72% water. A 5% drop in fluids creates a 25-30% loss in energy. A 15% drop in fluids causes death! It’s not really a difficult thing to remedy. Just drink one glass of water every half hour or so or 10-12 glasses of water per day. You’ll notice a huge jump in your energy levels.
Living Food ? Loving Life!
A little known fact is that heating food above 116 Fahrenheit destroys much of the nutrient content. Considering that we already aren’t eating enough veggies, that’s a fairly substantial problem. Nutritionists recommend five serves of fresh vegetables per day. How many of us are actually taking that advice?
A great way to get the nutrients found in fresh veggies without spending all day at stove or eating raw celery sticks is to juice your veggies. Make sure that you own a good juicer (some juicers expose vegetables to heat created by friction during juicing, which breaks down important enzymes), grab some fresh vegetables and drink your way to good health. It takes a fraction of the time (there’s no cooking involved, for one thing) and it’s convenient. You can take your juice to work and even give some to the kids for school lunches!
Energy In? Energy Out!
Exercise is another dirty word for most of us. The thing is, exercise doesn’t have to be time consuming or boring. There are plenty of options.
Gyms usually offer weight rooms, aerobics classes, water aerobics, yoga, pilates, dance-ercise, step classes and a whole range of new workout options. If you don’t really have the time or money for the gym, or prefer to spend your mornings/nights at home, then try an exercise bike or walker.
An excellent way to get back into a physical routine is to start slowly. For the first couple of weeks, walk or run for 5 minutes per day. When the 2 weeks are up, increase to 7 minutes, then 10 minutes, and then 12 minutes. Continue to gradually increase your activity until you’re at a level that you’re comfortable with.
It may sound a little silly, but it works. In effect, you trick your body into producing more energy. You’re building your exercise time up so slowly that your body doesn’t really realize what’s happening. Follow this method and, before you know it, you’ll be comfortably exercising within your limits every day.
So, folks, that’s the basics. If you can rearrange your life a little to allow for better eating habits and a little exercise, and if you remember to just drink a glass of water every half hour or so, you’ll be well on the way to living a healthy life. On a final note, don’t forget to take some quiet time for yourself. Meditating is an
excellent way to minimize stress. You don’t have to sit around for hours, just give yourself 5 minutes of quiet time every day.
And, last but by no means least, laugh. The louder the better! You’ll be amazed at how much such a simple thing can lift your spirits!