In the fast-paced world we live in, it can be easy to neglect our health and well-being. We are so busy running through our daily lives – family, friends, work, social commitments – that we don’t have time to take care of ourselves. It is no wonder that many of us are tired and finished. What are some simple things we can do to improve our quality of life?
You’ve heard it a million times and probably a million more – drink more water!
Think about it: the human body is 72% water. A 5% drop in fluids creates a 25 to 30% energy loss. A 15% drop in fluids causes death! Right now, 66% of us don’t drink enough water, so more than half the population isn’t using all six cylinders – before things like bad air, bad food, and stress take their toll.
It is not a difficult thing to remedy. Just drink a glass of water every half hour or so, or 10 to 12 glasses of water a day – and you’ll notice a massive jump in your energy levels.
A little-known fact is that heating food above 116 ° F destroys much of the nutrient content. Considering that we are no longer eating enough vegetables, this is a very substantial problem. Nutritionists recommend five servings of fresh vegetables a day. How many of us are following this advice?
A great way to get the nutrients found in fresh vegetables without spending the whole day on the stove or eating raw celery sticks is juice from your vegetables. Make sure you have a good juicer (some juicers expose vegetables to the heat caused by friction during the fluid, which breaks down necessary enzymes), take some fresh veggies, and drink well. It takes a fraction of the time (there is no cooking involved, on the one hand) and is convenient. You can make your juice to work and even give some to the little ones for school lunches!
Wheatgrass, in particular, is an excellent source of nutrition. It is rich in chlorophyll (sometimes described as “plant blood” because it closely resembles human red blood cell molecules) and has more than 100 elements that the body needs. Fresh grains are another excellent source of vitamins and minerals.
Exercise is another dirty word for most of us. The problem is that exercise doesn’t have to be time-consuming or tedious. There are many options.
Years ago, gyms generally offered weight rooms, aerobics classes, and perhaps a target shooting circuit. Now you can add water aerobics, yoga, pilates, dancercise, step classes, and a whole range of new exercise options.
If you don’t have the time or money for the gym or prefer to spend the morning/night at home, try an exercise bike or walker. I would be lost without my exercise bike – I installed it in front of the television and walked away happily during my favorite shows.
If, like me, you suffer from an illness or injury or your fitness level is very low, consider some valuable advice I received from my doctor:
When you are physically unfit, and especially if you are not well, it can be a huge battle to do just the minimum amount of exercise in a day. The danger is that inactivity leads to more energy loss, which becomes a cycle of self-perpetuation until you can barely get off the couch.
A great way to get back to your physical routine is to start slowly. Ridiculously slow, it may seem. For the first two weeks, walk for 5 minutes a day – exactly 5 minutes, not more, even if you think you can continue. When the two weeks are over, increase to 7 minutes, then 10 minutes, 12 minutes. Keep gradually increasing your activity until you are at a comfortable level.
It may seem a little silly, but it works. In effect, you trick your body into producing more energy. You are increasing your exercise time so slowly that your body does not notice what is happening. Follow this method and, before you know it, you’ll be exercising comfortably within your limits every day.
So, guys, this is the basics. If you can reorganize your life a little to allow for better eating habits and a little exercise, and if you remember to drink a glass of water every half hour, you are well on the way to living a healthy life. On a final note, don’t forget to spend some quiet time. Meditating is an excellent way to minimize stress. You don’t have to sit for hours, spend 5 minutes of silence every day – even in the shower, if this is the only place where you can rest – and refresh yourself a little.
And last but not least, laugh! Laugh like crazy – the louder, the better! You will be surprised at how much such a simple thing can lift your spirits!