Does your Lifestyle Need a Health Reboot?
Everyone seems to be stressed out today – there seems to be no escaping it, no matter what field you are in. That is why it is essential to properly take care of your health. And it is no longer enough just to eat the right foods or to exercise enough, you need a complete lifestyle reboot as well.
Making your lifestyle more health-friendly is the first step to take – before embarking on any diet or exercise program. The first thing to consider is how you feel most of the time – a common complaint for most people is a feeling of overwhelming tiredness all the time. If that is the case, you need to look at ways to lighten the load.
Analyze your Schedule
Look at your schedule and figure out ways to lighten the load. If you have to take your son to soccer practice every Tuesday, for example, can you make a deal with another parent and carpool – each taking turns?
Are there any activities that you do out of habit or a sense of obligation that you really can cut back on?
How Much Me-Time do you Have?
Here, fifteen minutes alone in the shower is just not going to cut it. Here we mean quality me time – time to refresh and relax completely. It is very important to carve out some time every day to refresh your batteries.
It is also important to schedule some spoiling for yourself, even if you feel that you are run off your feet. Regular visits to the spa or beauty therapist are all essential parts of the new idea of boutique lifestyle and health that has become so popular today.
It is popular for good reason as well. Studies have shown that regular massage can reduce stress levels significantly and can help in the management of pain.
And it doesn’t need to be a massage – a facial or manicure has similar relaxing benefits.
The primary reason is that you are the center of attention and everything is designed to make you feel good. At your sessions, do speak to the therapist about aches and pains you may have, find out about a good skincare regimen that will work for you at home and watch what they do.
What you want to do is to create a tranquil spot in your own home so that you can carry the benefits over from your sessions.
It is also not something that should be looked on as a luxury – make room in your budget for at least a monthly massage, if nothing else. You can also arrange a lady’s pamper session – where each of you gives a treatment to the others. Having some quality me-time will mean that you become more relaxed and productive overall, leaving you the energy to deal with day to day living.
In this busy life we have, there are always good providers of health advice and means to offer treatment. It is becoming more common to find a boutique health plan from your Doctor or Pharmacy. Also, you can find specialist lifestyle spas that can provide unique treatments and include the input of a health care professional.
Things like concierge medicine and have access to a single Physician to look after your wellbeing. Certain high street pharmacies cater to a specific illness, like www.mdchemist.com, where you can get glucose screening and diet advice to help control blood sugar levels and keep patients more informed about their diabetes and can provide a pharmacist who has had extra training in this field, giving you a unique care plan. These services all form part of an individual lifestyle to add in with the other things a person can do to have a personalized and unique plan
On to the Eating Plan
To maintain the benefits of your new lifestyle reboot, you need to start looking at your diet very critically. Experts now recommend that we eat as little-processed foods as possible and focus on foods as close to nature as possible. Like leafy greens, low saturated fat and oily fish.
This does not mean that you have to go full on Paleo if you don’t want to but just that you should buy the best quality food that you can afford.
Try to eat right for at least 80% of the time and you can give yourself a little leeway for the rest of it.
Start by being smart about the foods that you buy. Ideally, if there are more than 5 ingredients in a food or if you are unable to pronounce some of these, its best left on the shelf.
Definitely avoid foods that have high levels of fructose in them – none at all is what you are aiming for. This will require vigilance; fructose is added to a lot of different products in order to make them taste better. You will probably even find it listed as an in ingredient in your all-bran flakes!
Fructose is widely being accepted as one of the biggest health threats that we face today. Overconsumption of it leads to the disruption of our blood sugar levels and subsequent disruption of our hormones. This can lead to weight, gain and serious illness such as Diabetes and Heart Disease. (The so-called lifestyle diseases.)
You do not have to become a gym bunny and exercise for hours a day. Getting your heart rate up for at least half an hour a day will help you maintain good health. (It doesn’t even have to be one continuous session.)
Throw in some resistance training and you are all set – This sort of training is vital because we lose muscle mass as we age and sedentary lifestyles. The more muscle mass that is loss, the less energy our bodies burn at rest and the more weight we gain over time. Muscle does weigh more than fat but it also works a lot harder for you.
Put everything together and you have the perfect healthy lifestyle.