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by Sydney
Political Cartoonist and Commentator


Sydney

Oct 22, 2020

Health and Fitness for Busy People


The Kenyanpost news

Truth is, the busier we become, the shorter our days seem. In our daily hustles, we fall deeper into neglecting the important things, like our general health and fitness. It begins slowly; neglecting diets, skipping or postponing exercise routines and sacrificing ‘beauty sleep’ to finish a work project. It becomes harder to notice when you are earning a lot of money.

All that massages your ego but your body will never forgive you for it. One day you will look at yourself in the mirror, and a tired, depressed, overweight and overworked person will stare blankly back at you, and you won’t forgive yourself.

You might be busy and thinking of ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but you really don’t know where to begin. Here are a few easy tips to begin with;

  1. Drink water

Drinking water when you first wake up is a great way to kick start your metabolism. You can carry a bottle to work, school or wherever it is you are headed for the day and stay sipping. It is highly recommended to keep the body hydrated so as to remove waste, lubricate joints, aid in digestion and fight off headaches/migraines and dizziness.

Water also keeps you full,  so you are less likely to eat in between meals, hence regulating body weight.

  1. Work out on the go

When you hear working out, don’t limit your imagination to the gym only. There are simple routines that can boost your energy and health even if you are busier than a bee. Try using the stairs more as opposed to elevators, sometimes walk to work, avoid wearing high heels for longer periods (for women),  try standing more instead of sitting behind a desk all day and also practice the arm strengthen technique. This is where you sit up straight in a chair and bring up your hands to the front, and put the palm of your hand upward.

  1. Plan your meals/menu ahead

It is important to keep a time table or a personal menu of your food. This will help to make sure you don’t skip any meals and also make sure that you maintain discipline when it comes to what you put in your body. Your meal preps should be diverse but healthy. Make sure it is a balanced diet and your body will thank you for it.

  1. Cut off unhealthy habits

Reduce or do away with unhealthy intakes of alcohol, drugs, sweets and junk food. These will only slow down your metabolism and leave you with diseases that will drain your wallet and productivity.

Unhealthy habits also include hanging around people who push you further into the world of partying every day, drugs and alcohol. Surround yourself with optimistic people. It is easier to live a healthy lifestyle when everyone around you shares the same ideals and values.

  1. Self-care

Pressure from work, school or relationships can drive one crazy. Not knowing how to handle this pressure can cause harm to your body. You need to be able to recognize when you are under stress and take some time off. Self-care does great justice to the mind and body. Practice it, religiously. Spend time alone, meditate, practice yoga, listen to music, write, relax and laugh.

  1. Leisure activities 

Apart from self-care, you should be able to find a hobby to unwind at the end of a long time. Take up that dancing class, sing, play football, go to the spa, go hiking, swim or stay in a sauna,  take up gardening or farming, go bowling or any other sport. Your body needs to let out steam and vent at the end of the day. What you do after work sets the pace for how the next day will be.

  1. Visit a doctor often

You can never be too busy to get a checkup from a doctor. You need to be so intuned with your body that you notice even the smallest of changes. If something feels off, make that appointment and see a doctor. It is much better to make that time and get a check-up, than allowing a condition to escalate into something deadly and incurable. Love and put yourself first, always.

  1. Keep your working space comfortable 

Whether you are working from home or from work, your office should be like your second home. Make it as comfortable as possible. Let it be well lit, ventilated and clean. A disorganized office negatively impacts your mind. Lack of proper ventilation can affect your breathing function and slow down your productivity. A warm, vibrant and clean space does wonders to the mind, and body as well. You will find yourself more proactive and healthier.

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