Stay Healthy

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Are you the type of person who works in an office and does not have much time to exercise at the gym? Did you know that having a sedentary lifestyle makes you crave more unhealthy food like sweets, gluten and junk food? And having this type of lifestyle could also mean that your metabolism could drop to its lowest. Having a very hectic schedule and hustling from 9 to 5 doesn’t mean that you cannot practice a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Here are 8 tips for staying in shape despite your hectic work schedule!

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1/ DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST 
Never ever skip breakfast because not only does it provide you with the right amount of energy to last you throughout the day, it also improves your memory and boosts your mood.

*For breakfast choose something healthy like oatmeal, fruits, protein shake or eggs.

2/ PREPARE YOUR OWN FOOD
This may take a bit more time and effort but if you prepare your own healthy meals you will be aware of what you are putting inside your body! Make this a habit and you will be healthier and save money too!

3/ DO NOT HAVE SODA AND SUGARY DRINKS IN YOUR WORK AREA
It is true that these drinks may keep you feeling alert for a short time while you are working and the taste will surely please you but consuming these on a daily basis? A big NO NO! These drinks are full of empty calories!

4/ DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Consume at least eight glasses of water. If you want to add some “zest” in your H2O, you can add sliced lemon or cucumber and put it in your drinking bottle and refill it whenever you need to!

5/ KEEP ON MOVING!
Don’t keep sitting on your office chair. Walk around the office have a mindful chat with your co- workers or do some stretching. Take every opportunity you have to burn those calories!

6/ STAND MORE
This is a good way to avoid feeling lethargic as your day goes by. While you are standing have a good stretch and straighten your spine. This may prevent you from developing osteoporosis.

7/ GET OUT AND ABOUT WITH NATURE 
As much as possible, try to get outside of your workplace and spend more time with nature. Inhale, exhale! This is a                                                      good way to release tension throughout your day.

8/ GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Most credible studies show that for adults, 7 to 9 hours of sleep will help you to feel refreshed and rejuvenated in the morning! Especially when you include a regular habit of exercising!

It’s never too late to start living a healthy lifestyle. Set a goal until it becomes a habit. Commitment to a healthy lifestyle is a lifetime reward you can give yourself! Have fun, be happy and live a productive and positive life!

This article was published in the Jul-Sept 2015 issue of Inspire Magazine. Download it here!