The past few months have been difficult. Many of us are ‘working from home’ and that can get a bit tedious. As a result, we may be getting up later than usual, going to bed later than usual, snacking more between meals, drinking more coffee, watching more tv, exercising less…all of the things we shouldn’t be doing. We know those things are going to restrict our health, but why do we do it?
In this month’s article, I want to write about routine. I will include some examples and personal experiences to help you make better day to day decisions, which can positively impact your health. You may be doing some of these already, but not consistently.
Here are 5 tips to get you started:
Set an alarm – This sounds very simple, but it holds us accountable to waking up at a certain time. When we don’t set an alarm, we tend to lie in and wake up when we feel like it. We need days like this sometimes, but if you’re the type of person who doesn’t set an alarm on two or more occasions each week, you are reducing your productivity and wasting time.
Don’t hit the snooze button – Why? I hear you ask. Because, you are resisting the purpose of your alarm, which over time, day after day, can affect your motivation. This can also allow bad habits to creep into your daily lifestyle where you subconsciously believe it is ok to not do something you say you were going to do. Set your alarm, get up and out of bed when it rings. That demonstrates commitment.
Complete a task – Yes, as soon as you wake up. This might be to make the bed, make a cup of tea, stretch, take the dog for a walk, make breakfast. By doing something simple, it gives you a sense of achievement early on in the day. These add up and make you feel more productive. Try it. Tomorrow morning when you wake up, do a few tasks, I bet you will feel better because of it.
Eat breakfast in the morning – You may not feel like a big breakfast but try to eat something. There are many benefits. If you eat dinner the night before at 8pm and wake up at 7am, that’s 11 hours where your body hasn’t had any food. If you miss breakfast completely and have lunch at 12, that becomes 16 hours without food. How can you expect your body to concentrate or be active going 16 hours without food? Our body needs food, it is our energy. Eating breakfast can also fire our digestive system, which can help our metabolism and how our body breaks down foods, for example fats.
Exercise – whether that is walking, running, cycling, yoga, pilates, lifting weights at the gym, that is your choice. However, exercising also has many benefits. It reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, reduces body fat, increases fitness levels, increases the strength of our heart, releases endorphins to make us feel happier etc. plus many more. The government recommends 30 minutes of exercise x5 times a week as a minimum guideline for exercise and physical activity for adults, are you doing that?
Implementing the points above can positively impact your health. Try it and let me know. In Dubai things have started to get back to normal routine and every day I try to adhere to the 5 points above. There are more you can do each day, for that just send me a message. These simple yet effective techniques have worked for me and my clients, so I am sure they will work for you too, by giving you a routine, a structure and daily focus.
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Healthy regards, Nicky Fitness