Are you an adult with a full-time job who hardly has time to work out? Or you just completed a weight loss program but don’t know how to maintain the weight loss without exercises? Maybe neither of the above applies to you but you just wanna stay healthy…This article is for you.
Here are the small but impactful ways to take care of yourself…
Set an Alarm For Bed
It sounds freakishly regimented, I know. But think of it this way: most adults with full-time jobs are accustomed to setting an alarm to wake up, but our self-discipline goes out the window when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Setting a 9 p.m. alarm is an easy reminder to step away from late-night traps of online shopping. When the alarm goes off, you know you have an hour or so to shower, brush your teeth, slip into PJs, and settle into bed with a book, something that has been known to put many of us to sleep. Now you can enjoy eight hours of sleep during weeknights. This would make you feel more vibrant, more productive, and happier during the workday.
Embrace Meditation Hacks
You can park your car in a surrounding residential neighborhood and take a walk around. Take in the beauty of the morning sky, listen to the birds, breathe in the brisk air, and just slow the f*ck down. No headphones, no email. It’s the closest thing I have to a meditation practice. I know this sounds ridiculous, but have you ever stopped to just breathe when you feel stress creeping up on you? If you have, you know it’s shockingly effective.
Drink More Water — With Reusable Straws
There was a time when the sound of a colleague opening a can of Coke sent me running to the kitchen to follow suit. I’d try to drink water but couldn’t get through a glass of it as easily. Nothing quenches thirst like still water. I’ve discovered that by adding a straw to your glass of water, You can suck the entire glass down without thinking. A miracle! For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help. Before you realize, you have lost weight without exercise.
You can be more mindful about what you eat, even when you don’t diet. Eat healthy fats that give energy, like whole-milk yogurts, nuts, and cheese. On Sundays, chop up a variety of veggies, drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper, and roast them for ready-made vegetables that can be thrown into salads and pasta all week. Cooking larger portions and freezing half is another time-saving hack that saves us from picking up a pizza on nights you don’t have time to cook.
Walk as Much as Possible
Aside from parking around a neighborhood and taking the stairs whenever you can, I realized that people enjoy walking more than driving — to an extent, of course. Spending more time walking is a fun way to slow your mind while increasing the heart rate. It forces you to pay attention to your surroundings in a way that you can’t while driving. This is also an awesome way to maintain weight loss without exercises