Being healthy requires dedication, time, effort and consistency. Especially when we’re all so busy with our lives, we tend to fall off the healthy track and go on with our bad habits and lifestyle. Put the exercising and diet aside, there are so many other things we can do to ensure we keep up with a much more happier regime one can simply make without the need to hit the gym.
These are some of the small habits you can make for yourself to make a significant impact on you and the people around you.
Drink more water
Did you know your body is made up of 60 per cent water? So if you’re not supplying enough water to your body system, your physical performance can suffer. Plus, drinking more water may help relieve constipation, weight loss, and helps your brain function too. Malaysian weather itself makes us want to drink more water! If it’s emphasized enough, drinking water is crucial for everyone. This is a gentle reminder to drink water now!
Exercise your brain
Keeping your body active is as important as maintaining a healthy brain. Studies have shown that one of the benefits of exercise on the brain is a possible decreased risk of developing diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia in old age. Activities like Sudoku or crossword puzzles are one of the examples you can do. If thinking too hard to solve an answer seems to difficult for you then journal can be a great thing. Just jot down on what you did the whole day could be a good memory exercise as well.
This is pretty much one of the cheapest, and lowest-impact exercising to being healthier. A 5 mins walk can even impact you in so many ways. From walking from the train stations to your office, to and from the store certainly keeps your metabolism and stamina intact. Walking helps you burn calories, strengthen the heart, and eases joint pain. Studies also show that it can help reduce anxiety and a negative mood. Boost self-esteem too. So before you think of booking that Grab or driving with what could be a 10 minutes walk, best to make the effort to walk for a wholesome change in you.
When you eat slowly, you digest better. By doing just that, it sends a signal that it gives your body time to recognize that you’re full. It takes about twenty minutes or so from the start of a meal for the brain to send out signals of satiety. Eating fast may end up with you eating as much as a body needs and would lead to unnecessary weight gain. Plus, it helps you endeavour the food with enjoyment. Chew your food carefully, put the fork and spoon down in between bites can find yourself feeling less full, and more energized in a few days.
Spend outside for a while
There’s a beauty about being outdoors especially in nature or just a simple stroll at your neighbourhood. Spending time outside of your home for at least 10 minutes can get you a boost of Vitamin D and some fresh air (of course, depending on where you live). Imagine you being stressed from work in your cubicle, best to take 5 to 10 minutes, go outside to refresh and gather your thoughts back again. Of course, it relieves a bit of stress and better brain function too.
Laugh and smile more
It’s true when the more you smile, the happier you’ll be. Laughing reduces stress and the best part? It’s so easy to come by. Most importantly, spend time with quality people who will make you laugh and the rest is all great. You can even opt for a stand-up comedy show, that’ll make you laugh till you cry and that’s a great thing. A happy face can make your mood better and increase the happy mood with the people around you. Scientifically laughter can fight antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Remember to smile!
If there is one thing all of us crave, is the fact that we can have enough amount of rest and sleep. Nowadays have a lack of sleep seems to be a hobby for most people but it’ll only leave you feeling miserable and having no mood to go about your day. Sleep deprivation makes you gain weight and can even cause Type II diabetes. Sleep is incredibly important to your health as 7 to 9 hours of sleep is what ones need to feel energized back again.