10 Simple Things Every Woman Should Do To Live A Healthier Life
Is your fitness resolution of dropping those extra kilos and fitting into your high school jeans already on the backburner?
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10 Things Every Woman Should Do To Live A Healthier Life
Well, here’s another chance to walk towards a healthier and happier you with these 10 simple and effortless steps!
1. See you later, sugar and salt shakers
From getting converted to glucose that is highly likely to be stored as body fat to causing breakouts, sugar has such minimal nutritional value. It does add to your waistline though. Avoiding sugar in your daily cup of tea and coffee shows fantastic results in just twelve months.
Same goes for salt. The high sodium content in salt causes blood pressure to shoot up and puts stress on the heart. Sodium also leads to water retention, giving you that puffy unrecognisable face in the morning.
Both sugar and salt are totally BIG ‘avoids’.
2. Reach Yoda-level zen with 10 minutes of meditation
Is HR getting on your nerves with snide remarks regarding your punctuality? Deal with stress and negativity with a daily meditation routine. If you’re a beginner, start with sitting or lying down in a comfortable position and concentrating on your breath. Or download a meditation app to meditate on the go.
3. Less sitting, more winning
As if the paunch wasn’t bad enough, studies have linked long hours of sitting to heart diseases, dementia, and severe back issues. If you have a sedentary job, make sure to take frequent breaks and clock in some walk-time. A quick ten-minute stroll post lunch will help too.
4. Less packed goods, more natural food
Packed foods are quick and convenient, but they’re highly processed and may pack on the pounds – yes, even those with labels that read ‘healthy’. Try to prepare meals in advance and eat as much home-cooked food as you can. This is more nutritional and you know what goes into actually preparing it.
5. Make sunscreen an everyday thing
It’s not just this planet; but your skin too has a lot to worry about with the ozone layer depleting. Start using sunscreen every day, and not just during summer or when you’re off to the beaches. Besides preventing uneven tanning, it also keeps your skin safe from sun damage, as well as acts like a skin moisturizer.
6. Social media can cause some serious harm
Burning up with envy every time your crush likes someone else’s picture? Getting distracted for hours by cute puppy posts? Social media doesn’t just harm productivity; the mindless scrolling can affect your mental health and sleep schedule too. Exercise self-control and enjoy some ‘me’ time!
7. Craving dessert after 8? Go ahead, eat a chocolate
Chocolates are a great and low-calorie way to satisfy midnight sugar cravings. They’re also loaded with antioxidants, such as cocoa flavanol, making it suitable for your heart and brain. It boosts your mood too. Dark chocolate is the best; but avoid the ones with high sugar content.
8. Become friends with multivitamins
Our bodies demand certain amounts of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that we can’t get from food. Taking a multivitamin with ingredients like calcium, fish oil, biotin, etc. will help meet those demands and promote good overall health. Do consult with your family doctor first and undergo regular health check-ups.
9. Let go of what’s not letting you grow
From grudges to toxic relationships, the negativity and stress associated with holding on to something that harms you emotionally also spill over to affect your physical health. Aim for a holistic healthy growth in 2019 by letting go of anything that affects your peace.
10. Cut health woes by half, go ahead and laugh
The proverb ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ has merit as laughing boosts immunity and disease-fighting antibodies and reduces stress hormones. Strive to live for those moments when you laugh till your belly hurts.
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