There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you need to do, but if you make some time for healthy habits, you’ll find yourself with extra reserves of energy that will lower your stress and help you get through life’s challenges.
Here are a few things you can start doing right now, a relatively painless part of your daily routine:
- Drink water throughout the day. You don’t hear this nearly enough: water is an all purpose wonder substance. It’s great for your skin, your digestive system, and circulatory system, and aids in weight loss and cellulite reduction. If you feel fatigued during the day, it’s often because you aren’t hydrated properly. Drink water throughout the day, sipping from a large bottle or glass. If you have it nearby, it’s easy to remember. If you don’t like the “taste” of water, keep a supply of lemon so that you can add a slice to your water it cuts any bitterness, adds a bit of vitamin C and makes it taste more festive!
- Cut back on the amount of soda and coffee you drink. Sugar and caffeine dehydrate you and create energy rushes followed by crashes, which are ultimately energy depleting. Substitute with drinks like green tea or 100% fruit juice.
- Replace high sugar foods with low sugar versions. Cutting back on the amount of refined sugar you consume helps reduce calories and weight gain and also helps you avoid the energy slumps that come from sugar withdrawal. Items high in refined sugar include most soft drinks, cereals, baked goods, and of course, candy and ice cream. Look for low sugar or no sugar versions of these, or simply opt for healthy snacks instead.
- Fit in exercise whenever you can. Experts recommend that adults exercise a minimum of 30 minutes three times per week. Any amount of exercise is better than none. No time to go to a gym? Use hand weights or do crunches, leg lifts and lunges while watching television. Or invest in an exercise bike you can pedal while catching up on your reading. Think of what would be most interesting to you and what best fits your schedule and budget.
- Whenever possible, walk, even 20 minutes can make a difference in your energy level, plus it gives you time to clear your head. If you walk with a friend or colleague, it also gives you time to socialize.
- Get enough sleep. Even if you gain more time in your day by cutting back on sleep, you will be less effective throughout the day, as your energy level and cognitive functioning will be reduced. By getting enough sleep, you become more efficient during the time you are awake.
Begin integrating some or all of this habits today. Make them part of your normal routine. You will be surprised at how little time is involved and how much better you will feel!