With our busy schedules, it can be hard to stay healthy and keep fit all at the same time. However, these 10 little hacks can help prevent you from falling sick.
Use Spray-On Sunscreen If You're Lazy
After washing your face, remember to moisturise and put on some sunscreen to fend off environmental aggressors like UV rays. Trust us, your future self will thank you. If you’re not big on liquid sunscreen, try a powder or spray-on version instead.
For a more nutritious option, why not have a bowl of yummy overnight oats? The fibre will aid bowel movement and keep you full longer, plus eating oats has been shown to reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Squeeze In A Quick Workout
We’re not talking about some killer HIIT here. Instead, start your day with some simple stretches and easy poses. They’ll help you relax and improve your blood circulation.
It might be tempting to scroll through your Facebook news feed on the way to work, but leave the online stalking to later in the day if you often get FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). The same goes for reading the news. You don’t need to be bombarded with negativity so early in the day. Instead, use your travel time to reflect or catch up with a friend via text.
Count Your Blessings
Being grateful isn’t just good for your state of mind, but has physical benefits too –research by the American Psychological Association shows that giving thanks and expressing gratitude can improve your heart health. It “was associated with better mood, better sleep, less fatigue and lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers related to cardiac health,” says lead author Paul Mills.
Listen To Music
Beat midday sleepiness by plugging in to your favourite tunes. It’ll keep you calm by decreasing your cortisol levels, plus it also helps to lower your blood pressure and heart rate. Perfect for beating any office blues!
Eat More Vegetables Instead of Fruit
Eating fruits are good for you, but be careful not to overdo them as they are high in sugar. Instead, try to incorporate more vegetables into your diet for a nutrient hit.
Drink More Water
Remember to drink more water throughout the day. Not only does it cleanse your digestive tract, it washes out toxins as well. Set reminders on your phone every hour so you’re on tract.
Stop Using Your Phone Before Bed
We all know how blue light emitted from our phones and electronic devices can prevent us from getting a good night’s sleep so instead of using your phone all the way before you hit the sack, put it by your bed and try to relax instead.
Head To Bed Early
In our fast-moving society, sleep sometimes feels like a luxury. Take the time to wind down and hit the sack at least seven to eight hours before your alarm rings. Sleeping less than five hours a night makes you 82 per cent more likely to catch the flu, pneumonia or an ear infection, says a study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.