If you are one of those individuals who struggled with their weight during the COVID-19 pandemic then you are not alone. Gyms were shut and you were stuck indoors for a long time, no wonder people’s waistlines took a hit. Now more than ever it is important to focus on your health and wellbeing.
There are many things you can do to stay healthy, let’s take a look at some of them.
It is recommended you drink 2 litres of water a day which equates to 8 cups. Drinking water has lots of benefits to you and your body. You mustn’t wait until you are thirsty before you get a drink, this means your body is already in need of extra fluid.
Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, which means you will lack the energy to do everyday tasks. Make sure to keep hydrated throughout the day. If you forget to drink then why not purchase one of the water bottles with reminder times on the side, or even set a timer on your phone to remember to take a swig of water.
IV treatments at home can also help you stay hydrated, especially if you are someone with chronic dehydration. San Francisco IV therapy, as well as treatments in other cities around the world, can take place in your home. This saves you the time and hassle of visiting a clinic, as well as the potential risk of exposure to Covid-19 at an IV bar.
The brain uses water just like the body, so if you have not drunk enough water throughout the day then your brain will lack the ability to think properly. If your brain is feeling thirsty it will struggle to send the necessary messages to your body, keep your brain hydrated for optimum functionality.
Drinking water is great for preventing constipation, you don’t want to be constipated as this is very painful and can lead to more serious health issues. Drinking little and often can help keep your stools soft so you aren’t struggling when you visit the toilet.
If you have a habit of overeating then attempting to drink more water between meals with curb your appetite. Water has the ability to fill you up and make you feel fuller for longer which in turn stops you from snacking between your three meals a day. Snacking can lead to you becoming overweight especially if you are snacking on the wrong food items, reaching for the crisps instead of the fruit will not help much.
Focus On Your Diet
Along with drinking water to curb the snacking you should be watching what you eat in general. You should be having a well-balanced diet, if you struggle with portion control why not think about buying a portion plate. These plates have sections that show how much you should have in each, you have carbohydrates, protein, and vegetables. They are the perfect way to prevent you from overfilling your plate which can be a rather common problem.
Another way to stop you from overfilling and consequently overeating is to weigh each item of food per the recommendations on the packaging. Weighing and measuring will also save you money in the long run as you are using the correct amount and therefore will use less and it will last longer.
Overeating can cause several problems within your body. It can lead to digestive problems such as indigestion, heartburn, and bloating. Small meals will stop this from happening as they are easier for your body to digest.
You need to make sure you are not feasting on fast food and take out all the time as this can play absolute havoc with your body internally. You may seem fit and healthy on the outside but the fat and other baddies will all be gathering and having a big party on the inside.
Stay Physically Fit
Staying physically fit is just as important as eating well. You should combine the two for the ultimate healthy lifestyle choice. It is recommended you complete at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise a day that gets the heart rate up. Ensure when you exercise you are wearing the right clothing, you should be wearing activewear as this can keep you cool when working out, it is also absorbent so sweat won’t be bothering you too much.
Exercise has many benefits, these include; getting the hormones flowing which make you happy, have you ever wondered why you tend to have a massive smile on your face after exercising? The happy hormones are the reason why, when you exercise dopamine and endorphins are released thus causing happy, calm feelings.
Working out puts your body through a fair bit of stress, this stress is good news as it means your immune system will kick into action preventing your body from getting any nasty diseases or infections. Every time you exercise your immune system will get stronger and over time will fight off most things. As well as your immune system getting stronger, exercise will also make your heart stronger by putting it through a good cardio workout. Getting the heart pumping hard will prevent fats from clogging the arteries and will improve blood pressure.
Visiting the gym or working out at home or outdoors will have a huge impact on your mental health and how you view yourself. Due to the happy hormones playing a bit part during and after a workout you are less likely to suffer from depression or it could help improve any depression you are suffering from. Working out can also drastically change the way you see yourself, it can tone your body and completely change its shape and size. If you are self-conscious then try working out and see what a difference it can make to your mental wellbeing.
Exercise is also a wonderful workout for your brain. It increases the blood flow thus improving how alert you are feeling. This is why it isn’t recommended to work out before you go to bed as it wakes you up rather than sending you to sleep. New brain cells are made which enhance the ability to learn and remember information. As you get older working out will delay the onset of dementia along with other cognitive decline problems.
We hope this in-depth guide helps you understand the importance of looking after yourself.