Five Everyday Activities For Staying Healthy & Fit

Five Everyday Activities For Staying Healthy & Fit

Does your body ever feel stiff or sore? As we go through the motions of our often sedentary activities, it can be easy to forget that our bodies need tending to, too. And yet, staying healthy should be a priority in all of our lives. 

The problem is, we often overlook some of the simplest things we can do on a daily basis to keep our bodies healthy and fit.​

The good news is...

With just a little conscious thought, you can increase your physical well-being today.

Staying Healthy Is Easier Than You Thought!

Let me share 5 easy activities with you that you can do on a daily basis to help keep your body healthy and fit:

Stand Up & Stretch! 

This is one I try to do every hour on the hour - especially when I´m working at my computer. Whether you're home watching TV or at work behind your desk (like me!), sitting for long periods can really take its toll, particularly on your back. Staying healthy and flexible is easiest when you:

  • Avoid slouching in the chair or couch if you have to sit for long periods.
  • Take a 1-minute break every 30 minutes to walk around and stretch your legs and back muscles.
  • Support your back. Perhaps you would be more comfortable in different chair. You may also find that a lumbar cushion or back brace would be helpful.

Shift Your Gaze

Your job may require you to work at a computer all day - I know mine often does. However, no matter how busy you are, take a moment or two every hour to rest your eyes. Here are some of the ways I´ve found to help ease eye strain:

  • Use an anti-glare screen to decrease contrast.
  • Take frequent breaks and rest your gaze out a window or at far-away object. Relaxing your eyes will help you avoid eyestrain.
  • Ensure the lighting you have is good; there should be light around your monitor, and even behind it. Avoid using the computer in the dark!
  • Minimize the amount of clutter around your monitor. Your eyes have more work to do when there´s a ton of clutter within your frame of vision.

Lift With Your Legs

As we go through "the motions" of our busy day, we often overlook the impact small things can have on our physical health. For example: how we lift. It´s so easy to forget that lifting with your back can cause damage. Try to remain conscious of this fact to protect your body.

  • Bend at the knees, not at the waist to take the pressure off your sensitive back muscles and prevent unnecessary damage.
  • Avoid lifting things that are overly heavy. You might feel like you can manage it but you may be putting excess strain on your muscles.

Eat Frequently

Sometimes you may get caught up with work and other activities, and forget to eat. However, there is absolutely no positive gain from skipping meals, whether intentionally or mistakenly. It doesn´t have to be much - an apple or handful of natural nuts is often all it takes - but eating every 3-4 hours helps keep your digestive system healthy.

Get Plenty Of Rest

When it comes to functioning properly, your body has two primary needs: healthy food and enough rest. A good night's sleep will help you perform at your best. Rest periods give your system a chance to regenerate and become ready for the challenges of the day to come.

  • Set your bedtime and try to stick to it.
  • Take a break from work if you notice your body is showing signs of weariness.
  • Relaxation is another form of rest; a little leisure time can effectively help your body to regain lost energy.

To ensure your lifelong health, start by focusing on a few simple actions like these every day. Now that you know how easy staying healthy can be, you can start your journey to brilliant health today.

About the Author Jan Marie Mueller

Jan Marie Mueller is founder of the inspirational blog ThinkBrilliantly and The Brilliance Community, a free Facebook group dedicated to empowering women to let their inner brilliance shine! Her mission is to help women everywhere shift the way they think about themselves, their world and those around them so they have the confidence to do, be and have what they want most in life!

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