This post has been contributed by Laura
With the fresh start that is offered at the beginning of a new year, you have the chance to look after your body like never before. Here are some tips to help you do that.
Your body only has the chance to recover and repair itself when you’re asleep. And neglecting sleep can cause all kinds of long-term health problems. It might seem like you haven’t got time to spend seven to nine hours in bed each night, but this is the recommended time. And your health will take the hit if you don’t get enough sleep. Your work productivity and energy levels will not be able to remain consistent through the day either. You’ll see the difference in your mood and energy if you start sleeping more.
React to Any Pains
When you feel an ache or pain in your body, this is a sign that something is not quite right. You should react to this, rather than dismissing it as a sign of ageing. Those aches in the joints might be a sign of an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. There are organisations like Physio Body & Sole that can provide physiotherapy to help with any aches and pains. And if you’re still unsure about your health, you should see your doctor.
Don’t Forget to Take it Easy
Stress is one of the big problems that people are facing right now. As we are working more and having less time to ourselves, getting a balance between work and play is difficult. You have to remember to take it easy if you want to avoid stress and the other problems it can cause your body. Instead of running around and doing things all the time, why not slow down a little? It could give you the break you need to calm down and take a breather. Not everything needs to be done at breakneck speed.
Incorporate Exercise Into Your Daily Routine
We’re all busy people, and it can often be difficult to fit exercise into our daily routine. But that doesn’t mean that you have to give up on the idea of getting active. Living a sedentary life will only cause you to put on weight and deteriorate your general fitness. You could do some yoga when you wake up and before you go to bed, for example. And you should try walking more rather than hopping in the car or on the bus. Even simple things like taking the stairs more often can help a lot.
Revolutionise Your Diet
The food you consume is what fuels your body. So, it makes sense that if you’re putting in the wrong food, your body won’t react well. Maybe it’s time to completely overhaul the way you eat and think about food. Start by looking at what you currently eat each week; you could keep a food diary. Then add up the calories you consume in a week. And compare the amount of unhealthy foods to the amount of whole grains, fruit and vegetables. Looking at your diet might give you the kick you need to change your diet for the better.