Filipinos love to eat, travel, hang out with friends on light nights and just live life to the fullest. We are also very focused with work, not minding the countless overtime hours we render. In other words, Filipinos live very busy lives. It is then very important that we also know how to care of ourselves more and be healthier despite our fast paced lifestyle.
Here are some of the easiest and most affordable ways Filipinos can keep a healthy bod. Whether you are a highly dynamic sports enthusiast or not, you can always find the time and means to do the following activities:
1. Watch what you eat.
Filipinos love food. We have a lot of Filipino dishes that are just so hard to resist. Though it is a treat to indulge and satisfy our palate, we should learn how to do everything in moderation. Cut out your junk and fast food. If you are not fond of eating fruits and vegetables, you can always learn recipes that are more favorable to your taste.
2. Drink water.
Make it a habit to drink lots of water and be properly hydrated. Health authorities suggest we drink 8-ounce glasses, which equals to about 2 liters, or half a gallon. Water helps maintain the balance of body fluids that is essential for digestion, circulation, and transportation of nutrients.
In fact, research says that drinking water first thing in the morning with an empty stomach cleanses the colon, making the body able to absorb more the nutrients you get from the food.
3. Stop your vices.
All forms of vices have bad effects to your body and could eventually lead to serious conditions. You need to be more responsible of your life and say no to too much alcohol and cigarette sticks. You can always have fun without damaging your heart, liver, lungs, and every part of you.
4. Try workout and dance fitness DVDs.
You can always dance and exercise your heart out in the comfort of your home. There are various kinds of workout and dance DVDs. It is up to you to pick what suits you most, like having short sharp interval sessions for your muscles lasting 15 minutes.
5. Download a diet and fitness application.
The information age is also a powerful tool to take care of ourselves health-wise with just one click. There are various applications you can download to your phone that will help you get in shape. “Challenges” from Nexercise is a weight loss app that uses ranks, XP, badges, and other rewards for workouts you perform. Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal, on the other hand, helps you track your diet as it logs your calories and keep an accurate count.
Walking is one of the most underrated but also the most effective form of exercise. Your desk job in the office can actually deteriorate your health when you just sit all day in front of a computer with a terrible posture. You need to stand up and walk in intervals. Walk across the hall and approach your officemate instead of sending an email or use the stairs instead of the elevator. You can also monitor the number of steps you make with a pedometer, aiming to increase your average number of steps daily.
7. Be stress free.
Stress is very common especially when you live with a busy schedule. But do not let it hijack your life. If stress is not properly dealt with, it can actually contribute to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. You just have to relax and free yourself from all unnecessary pressures. Breathe in and breathe out.
8. Practice yoga.
Practice stretching or light yoga moves on your free time. Not only does it relax you, it also perfects your posture, builds muscle strength, prevents cartilage and joint breakdown, and helps you focus. Whether you are on a home practice or enrolled in a yoga class two blocks away, yoga is a healthy lifestyle for you.
9. Get enough sleep.
Most adults need 7–8 hours of quality sleep on a regular schedule every night. Sleep goes beyond getting rid of those dark circles under your eyes. It helps build your muscles more easily and enhances your memory. It also regenerates your energy, thus resulting to better mood and less chances of anxiety.
10. Don’t be a couch potato.
Staying at home could just mean lying on your bed or slumping on your couch to watch television, play games, or take selfies. Though this is just a perfect picture of break time, avoid being idle for too long. Move around, run errands, clean your house, or simply be active by playing outdoor sports.
You are in charge of your life. Now is the best time to stop being sedentary and embrace a healthy lifestyle in the easiest and most inexcusable of ways. Don’t you think?