When people think of “getting healthier” or staying in shape”, they often associate it with gruelling workouts and bland, rigorous eating plans. But it doesn’t have to be all hard work. Over the years I’ve discovered several quick, and in many cases extremely simple tips to help me stay in shape year round, even when I’m not training as often as I’d like to be. (That’s right, it can even happen to me!) The journey to good health can be daunting at first, but it’s my mission to help educate and motivate you to get there. Give the following tips a try, you’ll be surprised how much they can help.
1. Take a Cold Shower Each Day. It’s not as bad as it sounds, and well worth the benefits. A simple 3-6 minutes under cold, running water each day can do wonders for your adrenal system, immune system and thyroid. It can even assist with fat loss due to the metabolic stimulation brought on by the sudden drop in body temperature. Don’t put it off! Try starting your day with a quick, cold rinse. Notice how awesome you feel afterwards, and the vibrant, “glowing” sensation you get after you step out.
2. Take Magnesium. Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the human body, and is involved in hundreds of important chemical reactions in the body, ranging from detoxification to sleep hormone regulation and many more. It also makes up roughly 30% of bone tissue. But our modern day food supply is extremely lacking in this precious mineral. In fact, there’s up to 80% less magnesium in modern vegetables than there was before 1950, due to poor soil quality and mass production. It goes without saying, then, that the vast majority of people in our country are grossly deficient in magnesium.
For the reasons listed, I believe it is important to supplement with a good quality magnesium chelate every day. A “chelate” is a mineral which has been chemically bound to an amino acid (protein) so that it can be more easily absorbed by the various tissue types in your body. Try to avoid cheap salt forms of magnesium, such as magnesium oxide, as these are poorly absorbed and often wasted.
I swear by magnesium as one of the key factors in helping me stay healthy and vital every day, and I recommend you try it too! Especially if you are stressed, burned out or suffering from poor sleep.
3. Introduce Fermented Foods into Your Diet. Gut health is something which many people find it very easy to overlook, but it is often the very thing they should be paying the most attention to. Poor gut health can lead to a long list of problems, such as food intolerance, depression, poor immune function, nutrient malabsorption and more. This is obviously bad news if you’re trying to lose weight or get into shape. A simple trick I like to use to keep my gut health in check is to use fermented foods as side dishes and garnishes in my meals. For example, if I have some organic pork sausages, I’ll have a generous portion of sauerkraut (fermented cabbage) on the side.
If I’m having a treat of organic yogurt with nuts and dried fruit, I’ll mix kefir (a fermented milk food) through. While kefir naturally has quite a sour taste, it’s nearly impossible to notice when mixed through the yogurt and nuts.
Look into getting your hands on some fermented foods. You’ll feel great for it!
4. Be More Active When You’re not “Training”. Most of use send at least 8 hours per day sitting on our backsides. There have been studies coming out in recent times which show that this isn’t good for us, but it shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.
A trick I like to use to get around this is to perform sets of bodyweight exercises while I’m waiting for things at home. For example, if I’m cooking a steak, I’ll do a few sets of 20 bodyweight squats, alternating with bodyweight push-ups. By the time I’ve done 3 or 4 rounds, my heart is pumping, my joints and muscles are stimulated, and I generally feel great.
You could also use lunges, crunches, step-ups, or really whatever you want! The point is, it’s easy to do, and will add to your quality of life.
A few more examples of when this could be used:
– During a television ad break
– Waiting for the kettle to boil
– Waiting for a big download
– You get the idea!
If you really want to add to your results, as well as feel better and have more energy, give this a try. It’s really not difficult, and will only take 5 minutes MAXIMUM.
I hope this article has helped to give you some new ideas to further improve your well-being, and reach your goals more easily (whatever they may be.)
For more information about how you can become a healthier, happier version of yourself, don’t hesitate to contact me!