Looking after your health is a full-time job that can sometimes get exhausting and complicated. It usually means working out the right diet, convincing yourself to stick to that diet, coming up with a training regime, getting the right balance of rest; you get the idea.
But while staying in shape can sometimes be tough work, it doesn’t always have to be that way. Sometimes little things can make a big difference. Though changing your whole diet might be the best cure for your current weight gain, just tweaking it in a couple of ways can also be surprisingly effective. Read on and we’ll look at some of the easiest changes you can make for your health that will help burn calories, build muscle and even improve your immune system; all of which will be quick and effortless to implement.
1. Drink More Water
Water has countless benefits for your entire body. Not only will drinking cold water help you to burn calories, it will also improve digestion, improve your teeth, prevent halitosis, avoid dehydration, and much more.
2. Stand While You Answer E-Mails
We sit far too much at work which contributes to a number of problems including weight gain and back pain. Stand up while you answer your e-mails and you’ll burn a few extra calories while also encouraging healthy circulation.
3. Take a Hot Shower
When you shower, try turning the heat up just slightly. This will burn calories, clear your pores and encourage the production of growth hormone which triggers muscle growth and fat burning.
4. Take a Cold Shower
And every now and then, try taking a cold shower. Not only is it invigorating but it will encourage blood circulation and an even skin tone while at the same time toughening up your immune system.
5. Hide LEDs
High quality sleep is crucial for your brain health as well as your body’s ability to heal wounds and prevent illness. If you have an alarm clock with a bright LED display then this can be enough to disturb the quality of your sleep and leave you feeling less rested and refreshed in the morning. Turn these alarms around or remove them from the room and you’ll wake up a lot fresher.
6. Eat an Apple a Day
It really is true what they say about ‘an apple a day’. Not only are apples a great source of fiber, but they’re also great for fortifying your immune system against disease. If you get colds a lot, then this is one for you.
7. Jog Short Journeys
Popping over to the shop down the road? Going upstairs to get the nail clippers? Then why not jog there? Doing so will burn more calories and it will also help increase your metabolic rate for the rest of the day. Plus, it’s quicker, so you’ll have more spare time!
8. Meditate for Five Minutes a Day
Many people have strange views on meditation, but all it really means is consciously taking control of your thoughts for a while and trying to put stresses out of your mind. Most of us spend all day rushing from pillar to post and worrying about one thing or another. Set aside five minutes a day just to quiet your mind and to enjoy just sitting without thinking about your bank balance or your relationships. Just enjoy a moment of calm for even five minutes and you’ll find it can make a huge difference.
9. Put a Plant on Your Desk
Speaking of stress busting, studies show that simply looking at the color green or a potted plant can help to reduce blood pressure and heart rate. The reason is that we associate these with being outdoors in nurturing and safe environments; which is just what you need when you’re trapped in the office.
10. Take the Sugar Out of Your Tea or Coffee
Not only will this drastically reduce the number of calories you take in if you drink a lot of tea or coffee, but it will also help to give you less of a ‘sweet tooth.’ thus helping you to eat a more balanced diet.