12 Daily Fitness Tips To Keep You Healthy
Health is not a destination to aspire to, it is a journey that requires constant daily attention. Being healthy and getting fit doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to shape your dietary and fitness goals into daily fitness habits. There are things that you should be doing everyday to guarantee that you are living in the healthiest way possible so that you can live a longer and more fulfilling life. Of course your nutrition and physical fitness is important to your health but there is more that you can be doing for yourself to promote the ultimate healthy lifestyle. Read on to learn about our best daily fitness tips designed to keep you healthy and fit.
Morning Fitness Tips
Wake Up And Drink Water
To jumpstart your daily fitness routine and pump up your metabolism first thing in the morning start your day off with a nice large glass of water as soon as you wake up. Keeping water by your bed at night is a good idea if you tend to wake up in the middle of the night thirsty, and don’t want to have to make the trek to the kitchen in the dark. Having the water handy as soon as you wake up is also a great way to make sure that you get that first glass in as soon as you can.
Get In A Pre Breakfast Workout
Get your morning workout in before you eat your hearty breakfast and you’ll be less likely to feel sick or weighed down during your workout. You may want to have a protein shake or another light and easily digestible snack before your morning workout to get the power you’ll need to get the most out of your workout, but save your actual breakfast for afterwards. Working out first thing in the morning guarantees that life doesn’t get in the way of working out to reach your daily fitness goals.
Eat A High Protein Breakfast
Your breakfast should be balanced with carbohydrates, fats and proteins, but the protein should take priority. Your body cannot store or produce protein, so it is important to make sure that you start your day off with a breakfast that is high in protein to replenish your body. Of course you’ll want to make sure that you have plenty of healthy fats and complex carbohydrates included in your breakfast as well so that you have enough energy to take on your day.
Make Your Own Coffee
Many coffee boutiques are not only over priced, but offer a variety of ‘coffee’ drinks that actually contain more creamer, sugar and syrups than actual coffee. These drinks are a terrible way to start your morning as they immediately spike your blood glucose levels only to create a quick and unhealthy drop once your cup is empty. A better solution is making your own coffee at home or at work, where you have complete control over just how much cream or sugar you add.
Afternoon Fitness Tips
Take A Walk
When your mind starts to wander in the middle of your work day or you start to feel the two o’clock slump take over get up and take a walk. Go outside and get a little bit of fresh air and let the sunlight into your life. This is especially important during the winter months when you may not get another chance to see the sun all day. The short mental break will help to recharge and refocus you for the rest of your day, while the walk will also help to keep your body from entering a state of restlessness.
Take A Power Nap
If you have the ability to take a short fifteen to twenty minute power nap in the afternoon when you start to lose your focus, do it! It will significantly increase your daily fitness. Resting your eyes, body, and mind for as little as fifteen minutes during an afternoon power nap has been shown to increase focus and engagement, reduce stress and even encourage higher levels of productivity. Close your office door, take a break in your car or if you absolutely have no other options try taking a power nap in the bathroom. Some employers still don’t understand the value of the power nap so make sure that before you take our advice on this one you know your company’s views and policies on this one.
Eat A Nutritious Lunch
Eating a balanced and nutritious lunch is the best way to make sure that you have a healthy supply of energy for your daily fitness needs. Meal prepping and packing your lunches is the only way to guarantee that you what you eat for lunch is the healthiest possible option. If you don’t plan your meals ahead of time you risk eating lunches low in protein and high in unhealthy fats and sugars from fast food restaurants, casual dining establishments or even the office vending machine. Unhealthy meals will most often result in a mid afternoon crash in energy, focus, productivity and engagement.
Take Advantage Of Breaks
Having a hard time remaining focused on important tasks while you’re on the job? It may just be that your brain is on information overload and needs a break from the monotony to recharge. Meal breaks are the most popular type of breaks. These allow you to step away from your desk and socialize with your peers while you nourish your body. There are other breaks that you should be taking periodically through the day too though to increase focus and productivity. Creative breaks involving drawing, coloring and putting together puzzles allow your mind to wander and de stress to help you refocus. Physical breaks involving walks, calisthenics or stretching helps to reduce restlessness and increase productivity.
Evening Fitness Tips
Workout After Work
Doing some light to moderate cardio or lifting weights in the morning is all well and good, but for the higher intensity workouts it is a good idea to wait until after work. This is the time when most people report having the highest levels of stress and anxiety because they are worrying about what they didn’t get done at work and what they still need to do at home. Scheduling your hardest workouts during this time period will ensure that you have a healthy outlet for that stress. Your mental state may even allow for your body to push beyond prior physical boundaries.
Eat A Balanced Dinner
Have you noticed that in each section we’ve mentioned the importance a balanced and healthy meal plays in your daily fitness? That’s because fitness is comprised 80% of your dietary habits and only 20% of your workout habits. Make sure that you are eating the right types of food, at the right times of the day to amplify your daily fitness. Eating the wrong kinds of carbohydrates can be just as damaging as eating the right kinds of carbohydrates at the wrong time of the day. It may take a little bit of trial and error to determine the right dietary plan for your specific needs, but it’s important to keep trying until you find it, and then stick to it once you’ve found what works for you.
Power Down An Hour Before Bed
Start to unwind and power down an hour before you head to bed for a more restful sleep. This is essential to ensuring that all of your work on your daily fitness doesn’t go right out of the window. The simple act of preparing your body for bed such as showering, brushing your hair or teeth and putting on your pajamas can help to prepare your mind for slumber as well. Make sure that at least one hour before you go to bed you are also powering off your electronics. The blue light glow of modern electronics has a negative effect on melatonin, the body’s natural sleep hormone. The closer to bedtime you use these electronics the more restless your sleep may be.
Get To Bed On Time
It’s easy to say “one more episode” or “one more chapter” or “one more game” which makes getting to bed at a reasonable hour pretty difficult. But getting a restful night’s sleep is one of the best things that you can do for your body to keep it fit and healthy. You probably had a bedtime when you were little and you probably haven’t given much thought to what time your head hits the pillow since then, but it’s time to start paying attention. Go ahead and give yourself a bedtime and stick to it. Your body craves a regular schedule that it can count on and that doesn’t just mean regular meal times, scheduled working hours and workout plans. It also means making sure that you’re in bed on time and getting as much sleep as you need to be as productive as possible the next day.
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