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Let’s be honest, it’s difficult near-on impossible to have the perfect day every day. Sometimes we don’t take enough time for ourselves, we don’t always eat the right things, and we can neglect our exercise. That’s okay. But it’s also important to spend as much time as possible striving for the perfect day which encompasses, health, fitness, and wellness. We’ll be happier and healthier for it, and it’s not as much of a chore as it sounds! Here’s how to look after your health, fitness, and wellness AM through to PM…
Whatever time you wake up, make sure you have breakfast within an hour of that time. It’s an age-old saying, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Look at it this way, you’re fueling up for the day to come. You’re likely to be most sedentary after dinner, so why do we eat the most, and fuel up most, then?
Oatmeal is a great way to start the day. Oats can actually help to lower cholesterol and stabilize our blood glucose levels. The fiber present in oats helps to keep constipation at bay too. They are also incredibly filling and versatile. Measure out your oats in a bowl in the evening, in the morning top with milk and heat on the hob or in the microwave. Top with honey and bananas if you have a sweet tooth. Also, have a quick stretch before you leave for work. This will wake your body up.
How do you usually get to work? Could you be cycling or walking rather than using your car or bus? Try and get a little bit of exercise into your day without disrupting it. If you can it would be great to fit a workout in before you go to work. Leave a little earlier and head to the gym before you start your day. This is a great way to get your exercise in but also de-stress and focus before your day begins.
It’s time for a mid-morning snack to keep you going until lunch. Switch shop bought granola bars for homemade ones, these have much less sugar in them. Fruit is a good snack too, as is yogurt.
Make sure you set aside time for lunch every single day. If you work in an office don’t eat at your desk. Stretch your legs and have a change of scenery. This will make all the difference. Baked chicken, salads, rice, are all good lunch options.
Try something different for dinner that excites you. Get the whole family involved in cooking by making something like fish tacos. The keys to perfect fish tacos are flaky fish and great toppings. Try sweetcorn, coleslaw, or guacamole.
Take some time for yourself. Wellness is so important. Have a bath, meditate, or read a book. Whatever helps you to decompress and let the stresses of the day go. Stress can infect our sleep and keep us up at night. The knock on effect can lead to more stress and underperforming and work. Relax and steal some precious moments for yourself.
Turn electronics and screen off an hour before you go to bed to make sure you have a restful night. Recharging our energy is so important. Make sure your bedroom is reminiscent of a sanctuary, somewhere you look forward to relaxing in.