With so much to do, so little time to do it, exercise is often the first thing to be let go when times get tight. I can understand it too; driving to the gym, finding a park, getting changed, negotiating yourself around the gym, showering, changing again, back into the car to get home is not a 5 minute exercise. Sometimes I feel actually getting to the gym and back is the hard part!
So for all you time poor, deadline driven, busy people of HIF I’ve come up with a handy list. A list of things you can do right now, no gym required, which will make for a fitter,healthier and happier you.
5 things you can do TODAY to be fitter, healthier and happier
We spend way too much time sitting and research is showing it is having a devastating effect on our health. A 12 year Canadian study I found determined a direct link between length of time sitting and early death from cardiovascular disease and other illnesses.
We tend to live in boxes these days. We live in a box, drive to work in a box, work in a box, eat most of our food out of a box, then repeat until we sit in our box at home watching the box. With the Mercola Institute showing evidence of vitamin D deficiency as common as 1 in 2 people, our chosen indoor lifestlye can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, mental illness and osteoporosis.
Eating is not a race; in fact the faster you eat the more likely you will end up losing out in the health race. Digestion starts in your mouth and your teeth and saliva play a valuable role in ensuring the food you eat actually makes it to where it’s meant, your cells. Eating good food is one thing but It doesn’t count unless it gets into your cells. Teeth grind your food into small pieces, saliva begins the process of breaking your food down into bits your body understands how to process. Skipping this important process may lead to missing valuable nutrients responsible for energy, immune protection and longevity.
The simple action of hugging releases a hormone known as Oxytocin, the love hormone. This powerful neurotransmitter has a strong influence in that it lowers risk of heart disease, reduces stress, boosts immunity, fights fatigue and eases depression.
Stress is a killer. You will find stress a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes and a host of other preventable conditions leading to early death. Meditation, yoga, exercise are known stress busters however in Body and Soul they came up with a few more quirky ideas for beating stress like; chewing gum, eating a little chocolate, owning a cat (I’m sure any pet will do), keeping a diary, ringing your mum and having a laugh. All sound good to me. Be kind to yourself and remember these 5 quick tips, you deserve to be happy. Now go on give someone a hug!
Wishing you health and happiness,