As a busy millennial trying to balance work, friends, and something called ‘life’, it’s hard to find time to take care of ourselves. Between juggling responsibilities and catching up with friends, finding enough time for exercise (let alone food) can seem like an impossible task. The good news is that small changes go a long way. Even if you don’t have a lot of time to invest in your health, there are simple ways to improve your eating habits and fitness level. These 5 healthy habits will have a positive impact on your life, not only helping you feel better but also saving you from future negative consequences.
Go to bed early and rise early
The first thing you should do if you want to improve your health and fitness is go to bed early and rise early. Going to bed early will help you get a better night’s sleep and improve your overall health while rising early will give you more time to eat better and exercise, improving your fitness levels. Getting at least eight hours of sleep per night is essential for your health, as it helps your body repair and regenerates. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body doesn’t have enough time to repair itself, which can cause a build-up of fatigue and stress, leading to an increased risk of disease and poor health.
Start eating breakfast
Eating breakfast is a great way to start your day off on the right foot. Eating a healthy breakfast can help maintain your energy levels throughout the day and prevent overeating later on in the day. If you eat a typical American breakfast of pancakes and eggs, your blood sugar will spike, causing you to crash and overeat later on in the day. On the other hand, eating a healthy breakfast like oatmeal with berries, peanut butter with whole wheat bread or yoghurt with granola will help keep your blood sugar consistent and prevent you from overeating later on in the day.
Commit to a fitness routine
If you’re looking to improve your health and fitness, committing to a fitness routine is a must. Exercising regularly will not only help maintain your health and fitness levels, but it can boost your mood and self-esteem, too. Aerobic exercise, such as running, swimming, or cycling, is the most effective way to keep your heart healthy, prevent diseases, and improve your overall fitness level. Whether you join a gym or exercise at home, it’s important to commit to a fitness routine that works for you. If you don’t make it a priority, it’s unlikely you’ll find the time to commit to a fitness routine or see any of the its benefits.
Watch what you eat
You can start exercising until you’re blue in the face, but if you eat poorly your health and fitness levels are unlikely to improve. Eating a healthy diet is essential. A healthy diet should consist of around 50% carbohydrates, 20% protein, and 30% fat. If your diet consists of processed foods and sugary drinks, it’s unlikely you’ll meet your daily nutritional requirements. A good way to start eating healthier is by making small changes to your diet by replacing unhealthy snacks with healthier alternatives.
There are so many benefits to taking care of yourself. Not only will you feel less stressed and more positive about your life, but you’ll also be more likely to succeed in your career, school, and relationships. Eating healthy and staying active are the best ways to take care of yourself. So if you don’t have time to take care of yourself, make time!