Do you ever feel like you need to be getting more out of your day, that you’re not productive or your body is in pain? You could benefit from changing how you tackle your day… here are some tips for a healthy daily routine that could make life way easier for you.
If you’re anything like me, you need your life to be in relative order… you need a balanced life and a routine to be fully productive, motivated and feeling strong. So if you’re looking to make a change for the better, try out the following tips:
When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you need to do is pour yourself a glass of water and squeeze half a lemon into it. Lemon juice is incredibly good for your body’s acidity levels and helps avoid fungal infections and osteoporosis. Furthermore, dehydration can be bad for your mood and concentration levels. So you need to be drinking water constantly in order to stay on top of things. Check out our article about the healthy properties of water if you’re in doubt about how important it is.
Exercise & Stretching
The exercise part is a no-brainer and painfully obvious. A 20-30 minute morning workout improves your energy levels and your circulation, and encourages good lymphatic function. Mix up some cardio with weight lifting exercises… go find a killer routine and work through the pain. After a while it becomes a treat for your body and really makes you far more functional throughout the day. Oh, and did we mention, it also means you can look good (by normative beauty standards) and works wonders for your self-confidence, which can make a massive difference to your mood.
What is a little less obvious is doing stretches, and it’s one that I’m particularly bad at… when the “mid-afternoon slump” comes about at around 2-4PM, you’re going to want to grab a light lunch and do some stretches targeting specific muscle groups so that you keep your body awake and, better yet, the recovery from your earlier workout becomes a bit easier. Here’s a look at some good exercises that will target all the right muscle groups.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You’ve heard it before and it’s true. A healthy mix of proteins, slow-release carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals will help fuel you for the morning and it should be a big enough portion for you to not need a big lunch. Yogurt with nuts and berries, a vegetable omelet, and low-sugar granola bars with a piece of fruit are among the ideal breakfasts that will help get you through the day.
At lunch time, you’re going to want to avoid fats, which promote lethargy. And you should only need something small, so that you’re not expending too much energy just digesting your food. A good, healthy snack or two should be enough to cover it. Wraps, quinoa, veggie bowls, egg cups, poke bowls and stuffed peppers are among the best options for lunch. Not too heavy, not too light and more than enough to get you through until dinner.
You’re also going to want a quick, light dinner. There are tons of dinner planning apps and tutorials out there that can help you find the perfect recipes and to teach you how to cook them. Figure out the meals that you like the most and which take as little time as possible. At the end of the day, you’re exhausted and you don’t want to spend two hours in front of the stove, do you? You’re therefor susceptible to just giving up and ordering takeouts, which is never good. Also, try to avoid caffeine late in the day or in the evening. Messing up your sleeping patterns is the last thing you want.
You need to relax. Feeling stress from time to time is perfectly normal, but it tends to make our lives very difficult if it gets out of hand. So be aware of the fact that high stress levels leave you vulnerable to a number of health conditions and problems, including depression and elevated blood pressure. So find a healthy activity that relaxes you, like reading, writing a journal, spending time with your pet or meditating. Or you can just take a step back, unplug and just remind yourself about the good things going on in your life for a better outlook.
Beyond that, sleep is and always will be critical. If you want to be at your best, you need a healthy amount of sleep (bearing in mind that too much sleep is not a good thing either). This may be the most important of our tips for a healthy daily routine. Most experts tend to agree that you need between six and 10 hours of sleep every night. So get your sleep schedule right. Don’t just set an alarm that’ll wake you up in the morning, set one at night to tell you to go to bed and make sure you are asleep at a reasonable hour.
Take half a teaspoon of buffered vitamin C powder in a glass of water before turning in for the night. It is quick, effective and reduces the acidity in your body so that you don’t get dehydrated overnight. This will make it far easier to get up when your alarm goes off in the morning.
Following these tips for a healthy daily routine can make a huge difference to your day, to your life. You just have to be committed. But don’t worry, once you get going, it turns into a habit and everything comes naturally to you after a while. So go out there, live your best life and never forget that good habits can help you produce amazing outcomes.