We all know that working from home has caused us to get severely out of shape. Keeping fit, to most of us, seems like a hassle we simply can’t live day to day with. If you are lazy but still aspire to lead a healthy lifestyle, here are some habits you should adopt.
Include Some Variation In Your Diet
Our bodies are extraordinarily complex, and no one meal provides all of the nutrients we require for them to function well. To keep us going strong, our diets must include a wide variety of fresh and nutritious foods. Aim to eat a variety of staple produce like wheat, rice, potatoes, as well as legumes like lentils and beans, and include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. When possible, choose wholegrain foods such as oats and brown rice, which are high in fibre and can help you feel fuller for longer. This will ultimately allow you to stay away from multiple snack breaks that will lead to eventual weight gain.
Stay Away From Netflix
According to a new study, eating while watching your favourite shows might cause you to consume 40% more calories than usual. Additionally, texting, playing games, or engaging in any other distracting activity during a meal might lead to overeating too! Instead, even if you’re dining alone, make some time to plate your food out nicely, munch and chew your food for a good 20times at least while sitting down and repress the urge to catch up on your K-drama series.
Watch The Alcohol Intake
Although alcohol is not recommended as part of a healthy diet, many cultures connect their daily lives with excessive alcohol consumption. Overall, drinking too much or too often increases your chance of falling in harm’s way which means consequences such as liver damage, cancer, heart disease, and mental illness.
According to the World Health Organization, there is no such thing as a safe amount of alcohol intake, and for many people, even small levels of alcohol consumption can pose substantial health hazards. One seemingly harmless margarita or Singapore Slinger may pack on hundreds of calories even though you are putting in work to eat healthy meals.
Treat yourself only on the weekends and save the rest of the week for something healthier like fruit juice or smoothie. If you absolutely must have alcohol, stick to a glass of wine, light beer, or vodka and soda, all of which contains around 100 calories per serving.
Researchers claim that going to bed 30 minutes sooner and waking up 30 minutes later than usual might help you make better eating choices. You are also less likely to nibble out of exhaustion or stress when you’re well-rested. Experts advise that you get adequate sleep if you wish to reduce weight as well. It is shown that people who sleep 5 hours or less per night weigh more than women who sleep 7 hours or more per night. So do yourself a favour and sleep in.
Consume Lesser Salt
Your blood pressure may be raised by eating too much salt, which is a main contributing factor for heart disease and stroke. Most people in the world on average consume twice as much as the recommended daily limit of 5grams or 1 teaspoon. Even if we cannot see the salt in our diet due to our habits of takeaway food and eating out, we should be aware that it is frequently used in processed foods and beverages, and in large quantities.
Use salt sparingly while cooking and preparing dishes and limit the use of condiments like soy sauce, stock or fish sauce. When you chose to snack, drop the chips and go for raw veggies, unsalted nuts, and fresh fruit instead of items rich in sugars, fats, or salt content such as cookies or sweets. If you are craving a little processed food, go for types without added salt or sugars as much as possible.
By no means are these substitutes to leading an active lifestyle that is essential to staying fit but, they are indeed tips you should adopt if you are stuck at home with no motivation or time to workout in the gym.