Our health and fitness regimes are the first things to be disregarded when we get busy throughout the year. However, it’s during these stressful periods that good fitness and wellbeing are most beneficial.
To ensure you don’t hit a slump this autumn, we have five ideas for a healthier you.
Switch Up Your Exercise Regime
A consistent exercise regime is key to a healthy lifestyle, however it’s important to keep in mind that your body quickly adapts to your training and your workout becomes less beneficial. By adjusting your exercise regime every two months or so you can avoid injuries and workout boredom. On top of that, it keeps your brain healthy as you learn new skills and it works to build new muscles that you may have been overlooking.
Eating seasonally improves your health in a number of ways. Firstly the nutritional value of fresh produce is always higher in seasonal fruit and vegetables as they are grown in optimal conditions and are picked at peak time in the growth cycle. Produce that is grown in season also requires less help from farmers in the form of pesticides, chemicals and waxes. Autumn’s seasonal produce provides us with vitamin C packed fruit and starchy vegetables that give our body energy to fight off colds and flu.
The importance of breakfast has been drilled into us by health professionals for years, yet somehow it still remains the most overlooked meal of the day. Eating breakfast breaks your overnight fast, refilling glycogen levels and kickstarting your metabolism for the day. It provides your brain with the energy it needs for the day ahead.
Today’s world is a vortex of endless exposure to social media, news and information which adds to traditional stress creators such as work, education and relationships. Stress and anxiety are very much on the rise as are related diseases such as depression. The practice of meditation has been around for centuries and its incredible benefits are often undervalued. Even just five minutes of meditation can have a positive effect on the human body. Meditation reduces stress by reducing levels of cortisol in the body and enhancing chemicals like serotonin. It positively affects immune systems by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The clearing of the mind improves sleep dramatically and works to improve emotional stability and positive thinking.
Eat a More Plant Heavy Diet
Fruit and vegetables are full of essential vitamins and minerals that are lacking in grains and meat. Purple produce is full of antioxidants which help to fight cancers. Orange and yellow produce is full of vitamin C and beta-carotene which boosts your immune system and protects you from sun damage. Green produce is full of folate and chlorophyll which helps regenerate cells and brown or white vegetables are great sources of potassium and have a range of antibacterial properties. To ensure all key nutrients are being absorbed by your body, it’s important that a range of fruit and vegetables are eaten daily.
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