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Struggling to stay fit with the gazillion other things on your to-do list?
We wouldn’t blame you. With our never ending to-do lists, work and chores it can get hard to take out time for yourself.
In this post, we share 6 healthy habits of women who are always fit, don’t gain weight easily and live a balanced life.
Here are 6 habits of women who are always fit.
#1 Always start your day with breakfast
Many people tend to skip breakfast during the week before heading to work. Mostly due to lack of time and sometimes because of no inclination to prepare something early in the morning.
But let me tell you, breakfast, as they say, is the most important meal of the day. Your mother was right about this (amongst all the other things too) ‘cause mothers know best 😉.
Breakfast provides nutrition for the day, and a heavy one will keep you going till lunchtime. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself snacking in between, and that’s not a healthy habit.
Think of it as the fuel to your system and just like your car needs fuel to start in the morning or take you anywhere, the body needs this meal to start work.
So next time, spare a few minutes and wake up earlier to prepare something for yourself or you can make something the previous night to heat up in the morning and have.
#2 Find time to exercise or get active throughout the day
I try and follow this habit regularly. I practice yoga, and I’m already finding a difference in myself from before.
So, trust me when I tell you, about an hour of yoga every day will be beneficial for you. Yoga helps your body physically and mentally, as well.
Meditation has similar effects on your mind as yoga; it helps you calm down and focus. This will help you tick those checkboxes off your to-do and achieve your goals faster.
Meditation also improves your patience and your mental strength. This will help overcome mental exhaustion.
If you have a garden or a terrace, you can go for a short walk around its perimeter early in the morning or in the evening.
You can also walk around the house or up and down the stairs for a bit.
Another habit that I shared on my Instagram feed recently that I’ve found to be effective in overcoming laziness and a sedentary lifestyle is to setup a standing desk in another room that you can walk to and use for some time.
Even basic exercises / workouts for an hour like jogging in one place, skipping, stretching and squats work.
Try to weave activity and exercise into your everyday routine, that way you won’t find it to be monotonous.
You can do these exercises at home too. So, you don’t need to crib about the gym being closed anymore.
Don’t start off with an hour-long workout straightaway though. Start with a shorter duration and gradually increase the time you work out / meditate / do yoga.
You can switch between all of the above on different days.
Or if you can handle it, then you can do two of these through the course of the day like yoga in the morning and meditation in the evening or exercise in the evening.
Just don’t overdo it by doing it for long periods of time because that will take a toll on your body, and you might end up hurting your body instead of improving and healing it.
Do remember, post a good work out session, give your body some rest as that is equally important.
#3 Eat small portions and fresh food
Choose to eat wholesome foods, healthy meals and home-cooked meals over junk food and pre-packaged food items.
You don’t know what preservatives and other substances they add to the food item to preserve it for a longer time.
At the risk of sounding like your parents, your local doctor or the nutritionist, try and eat a balanced diet to provide your body with the essential nourishment that it needs.
Science, and everyone else, tell you this for a reason.
Your body needs a balance of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and other nutrients. You can indulge in junk food sometimes, (after all we all have cravings especially you know when) but do so moderately, don’t make it a habit.
A nutrient-rich meal will help when you work out and exercise. It will help with muscle recovery.
Now I know this might not be possible all the time given our schedules but for those of you who have headed back home during this panic-stricken time, make the most of it and eat your mother’s cooking.
For those of you who don’t have this luxury, you can always search the Internet for some healthy meals and options or give your mom a call and ask her.
There’s a wealth of information out there, and you have nowhere to be at the moment anyway, so, start taking care of your body when you have the time.
#4 Snack less often, and eat regular meal portions instead
Anything done in moderation is fine and binge-eating does NOT fall in this category.
You might suddenly have a craving of chocolate and the next minute you realise you have two pieces of pastry in front of you that you plan on devouring all by yourself.
Boredom, stress and sadness all contribute to triggering your unhealthy cravings for sweet stuff. Try and identify what’s causing this feeing and tackle it at the root, that’s what healthy people do.
If you’re bored, don’t procrastinate and pick the next task on your to-do list or learn a hobby in your free time.
If you’re feeling stressed due to piling work, take a 10-minute break where you can meditate or just sit on your balcony / terrace and watch the world go by. If you have a pet, then that’s even better.
Play with it and cuddle it for a while, it’ll prove to be a great distraction and stress buster.
Snacking between meals and at midnight is another unhealthy habit if left unchecked. Snacking helps maintain your energy levels throughout the day, so it’s not always a bad thing if done in a healthily.
Instead of snacking often, you can choose to eat small food portions at regular intervals. Who said you can only eat three meals a day?
Find a routine that suits your body and lifestyle best and try to limit snacks.
#5 Stay hydrated
This is possibly the most important and healthiest habit on this list. Drink water first thing in the morning and at regular intervals throughout the day. This helps in keeping yourself hydrated.
It is rightly said, Water is the elixir of life.
Water forms a vital component of the body since the body is made up of about 60% of it.
A lot of our bodily functions depend on the amount of water in the body like digestion, body temperature regulation and even weight regulation.
Water helps with cleansing your internal system and people also attribute it to helping with weight loss.
I’ll stop with the science lesson now, but my main point is… DRINK WATER! Fit people will agree wholeheartedly.
Keep a bottle of water by your work desk and your nightstand so that you don’t feel lazy to get up to hydrate yourself.
Water next to your nightstand will also help you drink enough water first thing after you wake up which helps cleanse your digestive system by diluting all the acid that’s built up in your stomach through the night.
#6 Don’t compromise on your sleep
We all like binge-watching our favourite shows, and we’re guilty of staying up too late or through the night to finish a season of Game of Thrones or Stranger Things.
And the current stay-at-home situation helps this cause.
You are getting the chance of a lifetime to catch up on the latest shows and movies that you’ve added to your list and kept and you wouldn’t want to miss that.
But your sleep is more important than this.
Your body uses this time to heal itself and repair any damage caused during the day. Many bodily functions also depend on this time of rest to get their work done without interruptions.
So, getting a good 7-8 hours of sleep for adults is very crucial for your system.
It’ll help you get healthier and you will feel fresher in the morning for those morning workouts / yoga sessions.
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