Discover strategies on how to stay healthy and in good shape despite your busy schedule.
Health is indeed wealth. Being sick or physically unfit robs us from enjoying life to the fullest. The pain alone can be debilitating, preventing us from functioning in an optimal way.
Ill health will also put a dent in our financial plan. Imagine the cost of managing major diseases such as diabetes or hypertension. This is why no matter how busy we are, finding time to keep fit and maintain our health is paramount.
Incorporate some workout in your daily routine for a healthy lifestyle.
It’s always easy to say “I’m too busy working and have no time for exercise or to prepare a nutritious meal” or “I can’t go to bed early because I have too much to do.” A commitment to our health is what we owe ourselves if we value our life and happiness.
Here are 5 simple ways to keep fit and care for our well-being:
Get enough sleep
At least 8 hours of quality sleep is required for a good rest. Lack of sleep can lead to tiredness, inattentiveness and irritability which, in turn, can cause stress and hormonal imbalances. The body will register the strain as a ‘fight or flight’ response, forcing it to store fat. Realign bad sleeping habits by practising good sleep hygiene. For example, if you are the type who sleeps with the lights on, consider turning them off as lights disturb the circadian rhythm (the way our 24-hour body clock resets itself at dawn and dusk daily).
Changes in your diet don't have to be complicated.
Apply small yet positive changes to your diet
It would be ideal to start eating home-cooked meals. But let’s face it, an overwhelmingly packed daily schedule can leave you feeling uninspired and in no mood to watch your food intake. However, changes in your diet don’t have to be complicated. For a start, eliminate carbonated drinks during your first week of this new phase. You can start the next step the week after by reducing your carb intake by a quarter. Watch your food portion, too. As you go along, it gets easier to include more ‘rules’ when you realize that these small changes make you feel good.
Make your workouts count
Taking public transport instead of driving to work will give you a chance to incorporate some physical movements and keep your muscles moving. But if you’re serious about improving your fitness level, you’ll need to put in slightly more workouts into your plan. Try a 15-minute cardio session such as brisk walking or cycling, followed by 10 to 15 minutes of resistance exercises. If you can do this at least 3 times a week, it’s a great start!
Sticking to your fitness goals is the best way to ensure that you’ll get results from the tasks.
Turn your home into a gym
Getting a gym membership is an option for those who can afford it. To the budget conscious, on the other hand, setting aside money to buy a treadmill or a stationary exercise bicycle might not be so appealing. Nevertheless, investing in at least one such machine can go a long way towards making fitness a part of your lifestyle. Come rain or shine, you can work out without worrying about the weather. You’ll also have the freedom to plan your own fitness regime at your convenience. All these advantages translate into an affordable health and fitness investment.
Stay committed to your health-related goals
Everyone has 10,000 things to do every single day and only 24 hours to get things done. Sticking to your fitness goals is the best way to ensure that you’ll get results from the tasks. Write them down and put the list where it’s visible, such as at your office cubicle or on your fridge. Keep the same note in your mobile phone so that you can refer to it from time to time.
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