Here are 5 Things you can do a day, that will alter your life, and put you on the road to health and happiness in no time :
1. Go for a quick 30 minute walk
It could be walking around your housing area, on the treadmill in the gym or even walking the dog outdoors – It’s a great way to get them “happy” hormones or endorphins surging thru your veins, first thing in the morning, and your dog will love you for it too!
The researchers, from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, reported their findings that any exercise must push the heart rate up to at least 55% of its maximum to have any positive impact. Many believe that vigorous exercise is the only way to do this – but the latest study suggests this is not necessarily true. You really can get your heart rate up to the level that your doctor would recommend, and you don’t have to jog or run to do it.
Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. Walking is a form of exercise accessible to just about everybody. It’s safe, simple and doesn’t require practice. And the health benefits are many. Walking lowers low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol), raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol), lowers your blood pressure, reduces your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes, helps manage weight, improves your mood and keeps your neuroskeletal muscles strong and fit.
2. Drink A Glass Of Water As Soon As You Wake Up
Great for your internal organs especially the kidney to flush out toxins. Also great for the skin and your GI tract. Did you know that your ability to perform athletically can decline with a very small amount of dehydration? Just losing 2% of your body weight in fluid can decrease performance by up to 25%. Whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, drinking water during exercise is essential if you want to get the most out of your workout and feel good while you’re doing it. Drinking water first thing in the morning also sets the tone and prevents dehydration at the start of the day.
3. Do not reach for your phone till after you’ve showered
Do you sleep with your cell phone next to you? Do you grab it the minute you’re half away.. with one eye open? Try leaving it till after you’ve had breakfast and showered – you will find that your mind is more clear, focused and happy.
4. While you are showering, think of one thing you are grateful for.. and say it out loud!
You may think this makes you look ludicrous but don’t worry, no one is watching or listening! If you have three or five things, even better – keep focused and positive throughout the day.
5. Eat Breakfast
I am talking real foods and healthy foods such as eggs, and yogurt and berries. This will kick start your gut in a positive way, with tons of anti-oxidants and nutrition.