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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5 Tips On How You Can Change Your Life!

1. Wake up early:

Waking up early gives you a chance to be productive while everyone else is asleep. It gives your mind the boost of creativity it needs, it gives you more time to plan out things and waking up early means that you’re serious about your work/business/job/career. It’s not an easy task to wake up early but those who do, they always climb the ladder of success.

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Related: My 7 Favorite Ways to Recharge My Energy Levels

2. Look Good:

Yes, this may sound strange but taking your time to look good will help raise your self-confidence, motivate you, and will trigger your mind into thinking that today is an important day; a day you shouldn’t miss out on.

Dreams don't work unless you do - John C. Maxwell
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3. Make time for yourself:

I believe this is the most important aspect of our lives as we get so busy with our daily life/work that we forget to make time for ourselves. Selfcare is truly important if we want to reach our goals and fulfill our dreams. We must take at least 10 minutes every day to journal, to smile, to do something that makes us happy and you will soon see a change in your life because you’re not just working your butt off but you’re rewarding yourself for it as well.

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Related: 7 Activities To Do With Kids Amidst Lockdown

4. Make time for workouts:

I am a fitness freak and if I don’t work out even for a day, my body literally breaks down and I feel stressed, bloated, and unhealthy. As a result, I am unable to work properly and I tend to get a lot of writer’s block (apparently, I always have to resort to caffeine for that which is very unhealthy) So, get your body moving; be it for a walk, jog, or just going for grocery shopping. Do not be lazy because a moving body gives you a productive mind. Working out is beneficial for your body and not only will it make you look better but feel better too.

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5. Identify Your Goals:

This is another crucial step you must take every single day. Knowing your goals and dreams is significant if you want to see successful results. You need to plan your day, week, month, and year accordingly, you need to adjust your lives and you also need to tend to your daily needs without making others frown. How are you going to do that? by planning and by having a strong and positive mindset. You can’t just break down because you chose this path and you must reach your destination. How long will you stay in a hotel or Airbnb? Not long right? Think of your life that way and pursue your goals. Recall why you’re doing what you’re doing and trust me, you will be in charge of your mind, not the opposite.

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I hope you will use these 5 tips daily in your life and won’t give up because giving up means you’re losing the opportunity to make a name for yourself, to stand out from the crowd, and to make people realize that they can’t just look down upon you. So what’s it gonna be? wake up early and work? or sleep and watch your dreams fade away?

It’s your choice.

Next: Why? | A Thought | Personal Article

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World Health Day – Let’s All Become Healthier!

This year’s World Health Day’s tagline is to support nurses and midwives. It’s celebrated to remind the world leaders and people like us of the important role the nurses and midwives play in keeping the world healthy. Moreover, WHO will launch the State of World’s Nursing Report 2020 for the first time ever.

Because of COVID-19, the nurses and midwives have been giving their all to keep us all in a healthy and safe environment. They are risking their lives just being out there and therefore, we must do everything in our power to acknowledge their hard work and appreciate their services to the wellbeing of the society.

How Do We Observe It?

  • Thank the nurses and midwives.
  • Invest in nursing and midwifery education and employment.
  • Listen and engage nurses and midwives in decision making and explore their ideas.
  • Spread awareness about the importance of healthcare workers.
  • Educate others, sign up for a charity run and check out WHO website for campaign materials.
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How To Make Healthy Choices?

  • Eat a balanced and healthy diet.
  • Workout and drink more water.
  • Take some time to de-stress yourself; read a book, watch a movie, drink hot chocolate or just put on an eye mask and go to sleep.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking.
  • Consume less salt and sugar.
  • Get your vaccinations.
  • talk to someone if you’re feeling blue. This is the best time to call your friends and family!
  • Always wash and sanitize your hands before eating.

Although we are all self-quarantined, let’s not forget to stay healthy, avoid eating junk-food and be as active as possible. We are all in this together and if we follow the rules and stay safe–without unnecessarily going out–then we can end this pandemic quicker and people can get back to their repetitive lives.

Once again, a big round of applaud for all the nurses and the midwives!

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Post Workout Snacks

Just as snacking is important before your workout, eating a healthy and nutritional meal is also essential after a workout. 

You can’t get those six abs or the peach butt if you eat junk food after a really good workout that made you feel better and stronger. The moment you touch that potato chip or chocolate chip cookies, all your hard work becomes for naught.

Remember, food is fuel.

I know it’s super hard to resist gooey brownies and delicious sloppy burgers but if we want to reach our goal to becoming fit, healthy, strong and at our very best, then we gotta make some sacrifices. And not just any sacrifices, but real sacrifices that we love so dearly. 

I apologize if I intimidated you a little, I didn’t mean to. I just wanted to motivate you a little that’s all. Anyway, my point for today is, although I told you to make sacrifices, I never said not to sacrifice food because obviously, food is fuel and without fuel, you’re just a dead machine. 

Eat healthy, stay hydrated, sleep well, repeat.

Eating the right ingredients and portions will ensure that you reach your goal quicker and in an effective manner that will stay with you for a long time. All these crash diets and what-not diets that you’ve heard and seen on the internet might work for some people, but most of them struggle to see any results. That’s because most of these diets either tell you to not eat or eat a lot. Odd but true. 

Check out my previous post to find out the best Pre-Workout Snacks!

A proper diet consists of vegetables, fruits and meat, all of which must go to our body so that we rise better and stronger every morning. If you disregard even any one of the products, your body will gradually begin to malfunction, and you’ll be forced to suffer other problems that will eventually occur in time.

Always keep in mind, that the most important meal of your day is your breakfast and your post-workout meal. Post workout meal is the fundamental of your body. After a workout, your body loses most of its energy, fluids and tissues and weakens the muscles. So, what do you do to restore them all back and become whole again? You eat. But you can’t just eat anything because then your workout routines will seem worthless the next time you step on that weighing machine. 

Try to make your food look and taste delicious in your own way rather than following a recipe blindly.

A good post workout meal has the right amount of carbs, protein and fat. Add all three in your dish and you’ll never touch that tasty pie again. 

Here is a list of some Post-Workout Meals to energize you!

  • Peanut Butter Toast with Bananas (My absolute favorite)
  • Granola Bar
  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Sliced apple with Peanut Butter
  • Nuts
  • Fruits
  • Toast with Cream Cheese and Tomatoes
  • Toast with Avocados
  • Avocado shake
  • Smoothies
  • Protein Shake
  • Greek Yogurt with choice of Fruit
  • Grilled Chicken with Baked Vegetables
  • Rice with Brocolli
  • Boiled eggs
  • Chocolate milk
  • Veggie Omelette
  • Protein Pancakes
  • Oatmeals

You should eat in 30-45 minutes after your workout and don’t forget to hydrate yourself. Drink plenty of water, sleep well and don’t stress yourself too much.

With challenge comes change. Ask yourself, how bad do you want it? Push yourself and never give up!

Eat healthy and stay fit.

Peace neighbors!

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