I’m touching on a subject that’s very close to my heart at the moment – health. You all know that I’ve struggled over the past year with different problems on top of the M.E and trying to do the normal ‘eat healthy and exercise a lot routine’, which just isn’t something that I can do. I wanted to put together a list of 5 lazy ways to stay healthy, just little changes you can make during your day to make sure your body gets the best it can from your current situation.
If you’re ill and unable to do much like me, or if you don’t have much enthusiasm at all to go out and run a marathon like some do, these tips will help in the short term. Of course there are other things you can do to stay healthy like wearing sun cream, don’t eat endless amounts of junk food, not smoking, not drinking too much alcohol etc, but I wanted to touch on a few purer elements that make a difference to your life and your health on top of that. I hope you like it!
Drink Filtered Water
One of the most important things you can do to stay healthy is drink water. Water is the single most important thing that we need to put into our bodies in order to stay alive (besides air), without it, we will die, so make sure you drink plenty of it to keep yourself hydrated and your cells fed. Filtered water is the best, so be sure to do your best to make sure it’s clean and filtered, ready for drinking.
You can get a fruit infuser water bottle if you don’t like the taste of actual water, so you can have some fruit flavouring to it as well, which might help with the taste and give you a few more antioxidants. Lemon, lime or orange is great to add to your water as they’re cleansing and tasty.
I can’t stress enough just how important pure water is for our bodies and how much it actually helps you stay healthy, as well as making you look fresh and younger. It’s the number one thing you can do that requires no effort whatsoever, just replace a few of your sugary drinks with fresh water and you will see the benefits. I promise. It also helps flush your body of toxins too, which is only a good thing.
Get 8 Hours Sleep
What can be more lazy than sleeping? Next time you get moaned at for taking a nap or sleeping in, tell them it’s actually beneficial to your health. There are even numerous studies out there that show people who sleep less than 7-8 hours a night, as apposed to those who do, are likely to gain weight. If you can make sure you get a good amount of sleep at night, your body has chance to heal, repair and rest, making sure you are performing at your best during the day.
One thing I notice myself is that if I get less than 6 hours sleep, I end up feeling really ill, often get headaches, and can’t function well. Plus, it makes me susceptible to bugs and illness, so sleep is of high importance. Sleep quality is also a key thing, though, since if you’re waking up multiple times in the night and feeling restless, having bad dreams etc., this affects the rest your body should be having. Memory foam mattresses are always a good idea, like these ones from Eve Mattress or any other reputable bed specialists, as they mould to your body, making sure you’re comfortable while your sleep. But whatever you do, try to get 7-8 hours whenever possible! You’ll thank yourself for it.
Eat Raw Vegetables & Fruit
Everybody knows how important fruit and vegetables are for your body and your health, it’s spoken about daily everywhere, but did you know that they have the most nutrients and vitamins in them when they are raw? What can be easier than just washing a piece and eating it raw? No cooking or preparation, so it’s as easy as grabbing a chocolate bar from the fridge. Granted not every vegetable is ideal raw, but some of my favourites are carrots, kale, peas, broccoli and peppers, all of which have amazing health benefits.
I love to actually blend a lot of raw fruit and vegetables with water in my Nutri Bullet and drink it down. It blends the whole lot so you get the pulp, the seeds and all, giving you maximum benefit. Just from eating raw carrots you can notice a difference in your skin, you feel less bloated and you feel healthier, so I can’t even begin to explain how important the vitamins and minerals from raw fruit and vegetables are. Go organic wherever you possibly can to avoid chemicals and if you just can’t stomach most of them, please do take a good all round vitamin so you’re not missing out. Your cells need nourishment from nutritious foods in order to work, not empty calories junk food, just like your car needs the right petrol. I’ve noticed that if I eat bad food, I feel bad in myself and sluggish, but healthy foods make me feel so much better. You really are what you eat.
Do Gentle Exercise
Those of you who have followed me for a while and know about my physical restrictions with my M.E will know that exercise is extremely difficult for me. The whole reason I called this a lazy guide in the first place is because too much exertion is damaging to me and the easier it is, the better. I’m not about to tell you to go out and run for miles and lift weights at the gym (if you do that, that’s amazing and keep it up) as that’s just not possible for those of you who are like me, so what I do recommend is very gentle exercise.
This can be in the form of Tai-Chi or Qi-Gong which involves gentle, fluid movements which I’m sure you have seen. This is extremely easy and very beneficial to balancing your body and making you feel better. Light yoga can be really useful, but it’s a bit much for me at the moment, so keep it as gentle as you can. When I’m waiting for something to cook as well, it’s a good time to do light movements and stretches to keep your blood circulating properly. Even if you do things like this for a few minutes a day at various times, it’s going to help you.
For those of you who aren’t restricted by illness and want to get fitter, but hate the thought of pouring with sweat and getting exhausted, try riding an exercise bike. They are fantastic for leg and core strength, plus they are extremely easy as you can watch the TV at the same time if you want to. Whenever you might usually take the elevator, try the stairs instead and when you walk up them, really push into each step so you feel your glutes and thighs working. Just small little changes are ideal for staying healthy if you’re lazy or unable.
Have A Positive Mind
My final pointer is a positive mind set. I know it’s easier said than done, but being stressed, angry and upset is damaging to our health. I know this as 100% fact. I used to be extremely stressed out all the time and depressed and these emotions started actually turning into physical symptoms, making me very ill. The importance of de-stressing and trying to calm down is immense, honestly. This last year of my life has been one of my best when it comes to my mentality, ever since I found the lovely Lindsey McKeon’s blog and this interview for inspiration.
Reading book recommendations, like Siddhartha and The Power of Now, couldn’t be more lazy and easy either. What’s easier than lying or sitting down, reading a book? And when you have moments to yourself, just taking a few deep breaths, listening to relaxing music, and thinking positive, happy thoughts will do wonders for your health. Meditation and keeping calm will do wonders for you brain and your body’s ability to function properly. It will take a while to train your brain not to stress out, but I promise it will help you. All of those negative emotions are only harming us, so we need to let go.
– I really hope you found all of these tips helpful and if you have anything that you do that’s easy, to help you stay healthy on a regular basis, please do share with me! Just making tiny little changes like this will have a huge impact on your life and your well being. It has for me. Lorna xx.