We live in a world where most people have their noses pressed to the grind stone, working 9 to 5 jobs with minimal vacation days, rare social outings and possibly a few kids to take care of. With all that stress, it’s hard to look after one’s own needs. Getting into the fitness mindset can be difficult, especially when most people associate it with monstrous images of a bench press bar and painful sessions on a squat machine. However, it’s perfectly possible to achieve great health while adhering to the strict routine life has imposed upon you. Here’s four easy steps to staying fit and keeping in great health:
- Early to bed, early to rise.
There’s just no beating old wives tales when it comes to wisdom, but most people don’t know how much toll sleep deprivation takes on their bodies, from blurring the senses to cannibalizing ones muscles on a slow cellular level, sleep deprivation can build up. Even if you think five hours of sleep a day is fine, you’re body probably doesn’t. The first step to getting into the fitness mindset and developing healthy habits is to get yourself to sleep as early as possible. Trust me, you’ll wake up with a new spring in your step the next morning and your cells will be full of energy.
- Keep hydrated.
If you’re not consuming fluids on a regular basis (and the trip to the soda dispenser really doesn’t count!) you can be sure that half the tiredness and fatigue you’re feeling is due to mild dehydration. Always keep a bottle of water on your desk at work and make sure you keep one by the bed too. We often neglect the need for water when we’re working on something important and can’t make a trip to the cooler or when we’re too tired to get out of bed and quench our thirst. Try making it a habit to always carry water around with you, maybe even buy a personal flask to get into the fitness mindset.
- 15 minutes a day goes a long way.
Most people spend a lot of their time making excuses and complaining about how they don’t have enough time. The truth is, we all have at least 15 minutes to ourselves at some point in the day. Instead of crashing down to watch TV as soon as you get home, try taking a walk or maybe even a jog if you’re up to it. Ride a bike for 15 minutes or even get an exercise cycle and park it in front of your TV if you can’t miss your nightly show. The trick to developing a good fitness mindset is to personalize your workout- ensure that you make goals that are quick and adaptable to your schedule.
- Less caffeine, less burnout.
If you down a few cups of coffee to get you through the work day, it might be doing you more harm than good. Coffee is great for that one night when you need to stay up and work, but as a daily thing it does more harm than good- especially in large quantities. The problem with caffeine is the burnout you get several hours later when your cells have used up the extra energy and then some. If you’re serious about that fitness mindset then you could even try avoiding other forms of caffeine like soda and energy drinks.
Remember, adapt to your lifestyle and routine and try to make healthy choices wherever you can. It may be a few small things here and there but they really do add up and make a difference. Health is happiness after all!
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