JANUARY 12 HEALTH    LIFESTYLE   

Easy and Realistic Healthy Lifestyle Tips After the Holidays


Feeling a bit bloated and sluggish because of your holiday munchies? Here are some easy and realistic healthy lifestyle tips you can start on inside your home.

Start with these simple and realistic tips to achieve a healthier body and boost your immune system naturally.



1. Get at least 5,000 steps in a day!

Although 5,000 steps is still considered to be part of the low active level, it is a great place to start. This also strengthens your cardiovascular system as the stored fat in your body becomes regulated. A great way to burn those holiday munchies and be active again!



2. Hold a plank for a minute!

Planks are one of the crowd favorite workouts since it requires minimum effort and no equipment. Not only does planking improve your metabolism, body posture and flexibility, but it also promotes a healthy mental health overall.



3. Be creative in finding ways to squeeze in some activity.

There are a lot of opportunities to exercise that aren't necessarily conventional. It could be as simple as having a dance party in your room or cleaning your entire house. You could also park your car a little bit farther from the grocery store entrance to squeeze in an extra workout by walking more.



4. Find a workout program that interests you.

Engaging in activities that you actually like will make fitness enjoyable for you to commit to. There's a variety of programs that you can explore online, ranging from dance to HIIT sessions. When you come across a routine that makes you wholeheartedly excited, staying fit becomes a lot easier.



5. Eat your veggies and fruits.

Incorporate veggies and fruits into your diet everyday so you have a sufficient intake of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre! A meal rich in greens can help lower your blood pressure, maintain a healthy digestive system, and reduce your risk of illness.



6. Have smaller but more frequent meals.

Distribute your meals throughout the day. Research has shown that having five or six smaller meals instead of two or three larger meals will help maintain a constant blood-sugar level since there's lesser food that your body converts into fat. It also increases your energy levels while decreasing the likelihood of overeating.



7. Make small changes with your eating habits everyday.

Make small changes such as lessening junk food and sugar intake to your eating regimen and allow your body to adjust to your new diet. Going for an extremely restricted diet is an unhealthy habit that doesn't guarantee weight loss. In fact, one might experience "fat overshooting", a dietary consequence in which there's a significant increase in regaining body fat than what was lost.



8. Stay hydrated and drink at least 8 glasses a day.

Whenever you feel hungry outside of your usual meal schedule, choose to drink water instead. Oftentimes, we confuse thirst for hunger; thus, grabbing a drink before a bite helps us control excessive snacking. Not only that but sufficient hydration also plays an important role in burning calories, muscle function, digestion and body temperature regulation.



9. Adopt healthy sleeping habits.

Set a bedtime that allows you to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep. Being well rested is one of the simplest ways to ensure a healthy fitness schedule. Remember that growing stronger muscles doesn't happen during your workout session but during your recovery time.





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