5 Fitness Tips That Have Nothing to Do With Working Out
Health and fitness go way beyond the time you spend in the gym. The ultimate goal is to find a harmony between the physical and mental, and to work hard while reducing stress. Luckily there are simple things you can do each day that will have big impact. Here are my five favourite tips.
1. Gratitude List
I’d heard experts say keeping a gratitude list will make you healthier and happier for years,
but for some reason, I couldn’t consistently write three things I was grateful for in a journal for more than a week at a time. Gratitude has physical and psychological health benefits that are so huge that I was determined to find a way to make this habit stick. Finally, I just simplified the task to make it work for me, and it’s been as awesome as they say. Each morning before I even open my eyes, I just THINK of three things I’m thankful for. I was amazed at how fast it became a habit. It’s now the first thing that pops into my head each morning. It takes no time at all, and it leaves me feeling happy and fulfilled before I even get out of bed.
2. Lemon Water
The first thing I do before making my coffee is drink a huge glass of lemon water. This is arguably the easiest thing you can do for your health, like ever. It will rehydrate you, give you a little immune boost, and get your digestion moving.
3. Get Outside
Spend time in nature and watch your life change. The Japanese have studied time in nature for years, calling it Forest Bathing.“The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of well-being.”You’ll be happier, more alert, calmer, and all around healthier. Go ahead, google it. The benefits are endless. Check out the article https://qz.com/804022/health-benefits-japanese-forest-bathing/for more.
The latest research shows that sleep may be more important than your nutrition and workout routine combined. Sleep debt can cause irritability, head aches, weight gain and more. When you’re sleeping your physical body is repairing, and your brain is clearing out waste and rebooting. Need more proof? Here are a few stats from Dr. and sleep scientist, Matthew Walker’s article: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/24/why-lack-of-sleep-health-worst-enemy-matthew-walker-why-we-sleep
· An adult sleeping only 6.75 hours a night would be predicted to live only to their early 60s without medical intervention
· If you drive a car when you have had less than five hours’ sleep, you are 4.3 times more likely to be involved in a crash. If you drive having had four hours, you are 11.5 times more likely to be involved in an accident
5. Try 30 Days With No Alcohol
I know I know, this sounds like 0/10 fun, but just trust me on this one. It’s just ONE month in your life. Why not test out what 30 days feels like. Prove to yourself you can do it! You’ll quickly see that hanging out with friends is fun because of their company, not because of the drinks. You’ll save a ton of money, and see a load of health benefits. Here are just a few:
· Better sleep (which we now know is so important)
· Clearer skin
· Wake up easily with a clear mind
· Increased energy
· Weight loss
· Better athletic performance
There’s no doubt that putting time in at the gym is vital to your health, but if you want to reap the benefits of your hard work you need to put a little TLC in to your whole self. Think of your fitness like a really good hockey team. You can’t win with just good forwards. You also need defensemen, coaches, gear, physios, rest, nutrition, and really cute uniforms.