How To Fix A Sedentary Lifestyle

*Disclaimer – The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice.* 

A sedentary lifestyle means having little to no body movements. It means not being active or productive enough. Due to this lockdown and to people now being at home more than ever because of COVID-19, people have become more inactive and lazier; which is not a bad thing but not a good thing either.

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Are you one of those people? Are you having a hard time getting up from the couch just to go to the bathroom or make yourself some dinner? Are you on your electronic device the entire day and only get up to brush your teeth and sleep?

Well, if you are, then it’s time you fix your lifestyle because this type of lifestyle is unhealthy for you and for your body. As honest as I can be, you’re ruining your body and your body isn’t happy either. You might be gaining weight, getting red eyes or dark circles, you might even have been getting pimples or headaches. 

Research also confirmed several health risks that are associated with a sedentary lifestyle such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, early death, and cardiovascular disease. It also impacts mental health disorders, loss of appetite, and depression.

Today, I’m going to share with you several tips that can help you get back on track and have a healthy lifestyle which will not only make you feel good about yourself but will make and keep you productive throughout the day.

Physical Activity 

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Any sort of physical activity such as running, cycling, swimming, or even brisk walking can reduce the above-mentioned health risks. It’s reported that those people who exercised had lower health and mental health problems than those who did not. So you better start buying those gym clothes now because you’re going to need it! 

*It’s best to combine cardio with weight and strength training which will help you in weight-loss and to build lean muscles.

Avoid Being Sedentary 

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Some steps you can do to avoid being sedentary is by: 

  • walking to the desired destination if it’s just a few blocks away.
  • by standing on public transport
  • talking leisure walks
  • doing house-chores
  • Gardening
  • Keeping your phone charger away from where you usually sit.
  • Playing outdoor games with friends such as basketball, tennis, or even cycling.
  • Taking the stairs
  • Stretching a little between breaks while you’re working

Doing these little things can go a long way for you to have a healthy lifestyle. Because nowadays life has become easier due to various technologies, we mustn’t get tempted by it and try to be as active as possible.

A sedentary lifestyle isn’t a healthy lifestyle. 

Keep that in mind and with that, I wish you all the best!
Stay safe and stay active.

Source: Medical News Today

 

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How To Wind Down On Sunday Night For A Great Start To The Week?

Your week has been busy. You cracked your neck and knuckles and you worked your butt off; be it as a 9-5 worker or a freelancer. You worked and your worked and now, your body is sour as if you have worked out for hours and your mind is fried; which as a result led you to apply the jam first instead of peanut butter (I don’t know how many of you encountered that situation but if you did, then girl, you seriously need to wind down)

What you need is a bit of a break and that can only happen once a week. So why not make that one day count? Why not make it special and all about YOU so that you can get your brain working again for the next week? Yes, you have work, I understand. We all do but trust me, doing these things which I’m going to list down will improve your productivity, make you less lazy, make you more focused, and maybe even make you a better cook! Just kidding, us writers are one of the best chefs you can find out there and all we read are recipe books, watched anime, or binge-watched on Zumbo’s just desserts!

Anyway, back to the point. Our brain needs to rest too and we should take care of it just as we take care of our pets. Our brain is our pet and I might sound crazy to you but believe me, you’ll be thanking me at the end of the post because this article will change your Sundays into fun and stress-free days!

Go To Sleep Early:

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This way, you can feel more energetic throughout the day and get more work done. 

Cut Out Caffeine:

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Believe it or not, caffeinated drinks are our biggest enemy. Sure, it keeps our brain active but it also messes with our sleep pattern, preventing us from getting the 6-7 hours sleep which we desperately need for our minds to clog smoothly.

Set Up An Alarm:

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Even if you’re not an alarm person, it’s better to set up a time and wake up at the first one or two rings instead of hitting snooze. It will also be a good habit for you in the future.

Enjoy A Meal:

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With you being busy during the entire week, you’ll feel good to make a meal and enjoy it with your family. You can try making new dishes or help your family in the kitchen or maybe even go out to a restaurant and just forget about your work for a while.

Workout:

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Working out is proven to make you feel less stressed so take out at least 15-20 minutes of your time to get your stiff body stretching and sweating!

Relax:

Relax
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You can take a warm bath, go for a spa, or get your nails done. You can even just put on some music and dance your stress off in your bedroom (if you’re too shy) or enjoy a movie time alone, with your significant other or with your family! Sundays are supposed to be all about you so even if you think you have work, just remember that this day won’t come again.

You can even light up scented candles and read a book for a while with a cup of your favorite tea or coffee. You will feel really good and since you’re distracting your mind from working and being all lazy, you can get more work done starting next week.

Set Up Your Weekly Plan:

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Take some time out to write down whatever you need to do during the entire week so that you won’t get stressed when a new week starts. This way you can also get more things done and check out all the stuff that you thought you didn’t have time for! Make sure to note down your errands, social events, appointments, and activities.

Doing the abovementioned things can help you start your week with a boost and positivity. You can be ready to jump at work without any worries and you will also be able to more productive and prevent yourself from procrastination.

You know there is one other thing you can do on Sundays and that is to head to my Etsy shop, PoetNextDoor, and buy a digital poetry print that you can hang in any part of your house! 

So what are the things that you like to do on Sundays to start the week off right? Let me know in the comments! 

Next: 5 Tips On How You Can Change Your Life!

How To Wind Down On Sunday Night For A Great Start To The Week?

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