They’ll soon be here; the endless flood of magazine articles telling you how to get your body “beach ready” for the summer, and how to get healthy in less than two weeks. Unfortunately, it’s not quite that easy. Health is a lifelong commitment, and a “beach ready” body is just a body that goes to the beach.
That said, there are a few things you could do to get yourself healthy this summer, and all year long.
Your whole body benefits from regular exercise, even if you don’t do it with a weight loss goal in mind. As well as improving flexibility, and back pain, exercise prevents a range of health problems, including cancer, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes. It’s also a natural mood enhancer, and can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Set aside 15 to 60 minutes each day to do some exercise, and soon you will experience the benefits for yourself.
It’s amazing how most of us still don’t drink enough water throughout the day, despite knowing all the benefits. When you’re not exercising regularly, drinking water every day can improve your brain function, clear your skin, and help your kidneys flush out toxins. Water is even more important when you’re exercising because you have to replenish the water and sodium you have lost through sweat.
The secret is out that smoking is bad for you, but despite its bad effects on your health, smoking is not an easy habit to quit. Luckily, there are many tools available to help smokers quit the habit for good, including support groups, premium e-cigarettes, and nicotine patches. It’s just a matter of finding what works for you.
Make time for yourself
You’re not selfish if you want to take some time to indulge in a hobby; in fact, it’s better for your mental health that you do. Hobbies aren’t just a way to pass the time; they are a way of relaxing and relieving stress. The joy you can get from indulging in a hobby could also help you live longer, or at least help you recover from illness more quickly.
Eat more protein
If you decide to take up a fitness regime this summer, protein is your best friend. When you exercise, you’re effectively breaking down your muscle and protein is a certain way to help you repair and build up your muscles again. If you’re not working out regularly, protein can still help you curb your overeating habits. It keeps you feeling fuller for longer, thus curbing your snacking between meals. The best thing you can do is eat a breakfast that is rich in protein (smoothies not required) so you can stay full until lunch.
The average person needs between six to eight hours of sleep per night in order to function well the next morning. It’s safe to say those all-nighters aren’t doing you any favors healthwise. Getting more sleep will improve your memory, lower your stress, and enhance creativity.