In the fast paced world that we live in, it can be easy to neglect our health and wellness. We’re so busy racing through our day to day lives, family, friends, work, and social engagements that we don’t take the time to look after ourselves. It ís really no wonder that so many of us are tired and run down. What are some simple things that we can do to improve our quality of life?
Drink Drink Drink
You’ve heard it a million times and you’ll probably hear it a million more!
Think about it: The human body is 72% water. A 5% drop in fluids creates a 25-30% loss in energy. A 15% drop in fluids causes death! At this point in time 66% of us aren’t drinking enough water, so over half the population isn’t running on all six cylinders.
It is not really a difficult thing to remedy. Just drink one glass of water every half hour or so and or 10-12 glasses of water per day and you’ll notice a huge jump in your energy levels.
Living Food & Loving Life!
A little known fact is that heating food above 116F destroys much of the nutrient content. Considering that we already don’t consume enough veggies ís a substantial problem. Nutritionists recommend five servings of fresh vegetables per day. How many of us are actually taking that advice?
A great way to get the nutrients found in fresh veggies without spending all day at the stove or eating raw celery sticks is to juice your veggies. Make sure that you own a good juicer (some juicers expose vegetables to heat created by friction during juicing, which breaks down important enzymes), grab some fresh vegetables and drink your way to good health. It takes a fraction of the time (there ís no cooking involved) and it ís convenient. You can take your juice to work and even give some to the little ones for school lunches!
Wheatgrass in particular is an excellent source of nutrition. It ís high in chlorophyll (sometimes described as ëplant bloodí because it closely resembles human red blood cell molecules) and has over 100 elements that the body needs. Fresh grains are another excellent source for vitamins and minerals.
Energy In & Energy Out
Exercise is another dirty word for most of us. The thing is, exercise does not have to be horribly time consuming or mind-numbingly boring. There are plenty of options.
Years ago gyms usually offered weight rooms, aerobics classes and maybe a tydro-circuit. Now you can add water aerobics, yoga, pilates, dance-exercises, step classes and a whole range of new workout options.
If you don’t really have the time or money for the gym, or prefer to spend your mornings/nights at home, then try an exercise bike or walker. I’d be lost without my exercise bike and I set it up in front of the television and peddle away merrily during my favorite shows.
If like me, you suffer from illness or injury or your level of fitness is quite low, you might like to consider some invaluable advice that I got from my doctor:
Once you’re physically unfit, and particularly if you’re also unwell, it can be a mammoth battle to just do the most minimal amount of exercise in a day. The danger is that inactivity leads to further loss of energy, which becomes a self-perpetuating cycle until you can barely get off the couch.
An excellent way to get back into a physical routine is to start slowly. For the first couple of weeks, walk/ride for 5 minutes per day and no more, even if you think you could continue. When the 2 weeks are up, increase to 7 minutes, then 10 minutes, then 12 minutes. Continue to gradually increase your activity until you’re at a level that you’re comfortable with.
It may sound a little silly, but it works. In effect, you trick your body into producing more energy. You’re building your exercise time up so slowly that your body doesn’t really realize what ís happening. Follow this method and before you know it, you’ll be comfortably exercising within your limits every day.
If you can rearrange your life a little to allow for better eating habits and a little exercise, and if you remember to just drink a glass of water every half hour or so, you’ll be well on the way to living a healthy life. On a final note, don’t forget to take some quiet time for yourself. Meditating is an excellent way to minimize stress. You don’t have to sit around for hours, just give yourself 5 minutes of quiet time every day, if it’s in the shower. If that’s the only place where you can get a little time out and have a little time for yourself, then take it.