So Health & Fitness week here on Beauty Passionista this week has all been hi-tech apps, super-foods and supplements all week, even the sports bra to trump all sports bras, but let’s get back basics shall we? At the risk of teaching grandma to suck eggs, good health is not all rocket science – it’s all about what your mama told you many moons ago.
Sleep: The most important factor of all, make sure you get the requisite hours of shut-eye. Without it, nothing else in your day seems right, you won’t be able to concentrate on much, your workouts will be substandard, and if you’re anything like me, you end up eating more. If nothing else, you’ll be ratty with everyone around you!
Water: Yes, yes, you’ve heard it all before, but the body is 70% water, so it makes sense to replenish. On a non-workout day, aim for about a litre and a half, and if you train, then obviously up that! As I said, not rocket science!
Food choices: Try to incorpaorate a little protein with each meal. It’ll keep you fuller for longer and you’ll burn more calories too! Digesting food burns calories, protein giving your body the biggest metabolic boost. Check out the superfoods post here for more information – chia seeds are a great source of alternative protein.
Regular exercise: yes, I know, yawn. But if you’re not a gym bunny, there are so many other ways to rack up the burn. My favourite used to be getting off the tube a few stops early and brisk-walking half an hour every morning to work – admittedly I had to get up that much earlier, but let me tell you, my butt never looked so good!
Life balance: you know that old saying? All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy? No? Just me then? Anyways, I really think it’s important not to become a diet and fitness bore – a good work / play balance is vital to being a happy person, and after all, that’s what we’re all after, isn’t it?
So there you have it! The super easy to-do list to feel better about yourself. Oh, and at the risk of repeating myself, water, water, water. If you hydrate properly, you can release upto 20% more energy from the food you already eat – no need to eat more – so that can only be good news!