When you wake up in the morning, how long does it take you to get out of bed? Do you ever hit your snooze so many times that you’re late for work?
If you’ve got it bad in the morning, you’re in good company. About 65 percent of women and 55 percent of men admit that they hit the snooze button more than once.
Even if you have chronic exhaustion, there’s hope for you. In this article, we’ll give you five tips for living a fit life. We’ll also help you get started with making long-term changes.
1. Watch Those Carbs
If you’re wondering how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it starts with your diet. If you eat too many carbohydrates, you could be sabotaging your sleep at night.
The problem with carbs is that when you combine them with certain proteins, you get incredibly drowsy.
That’s not a problem at night, but if you have a “post-lunch dip” in productivity you might want to go low-carb at lunch.
Bread, rice, and pasta are all high in carbohydrates. If you usually have sandwiches for lunch, try a low-carb wrap. If you often eat rice, go for brown rice or another whole grain like quinoa.
Overall, you should try to limit your carb intake to about half of your total calorie intake. Before you start a new diet, however, make sure to talk to your doctor or nutritionist.
2. Take a Dance Break
In general, a plan for healthy living would have you active three or more times per week. You should aim for half an hour workouts, but you can break that up into smaller chunks of time.
If you’re not really into exercising at the gym, you can do yoga or even dance at home. You don’t have to be perfect: just move around and stretch in between.
In addition to dancing, you can also wear light ankle weights as you take a walk. Stick to weights that are three pounds or less and wear them for five to 10 minutes at a time.
The great thing about exercise is that it burns off excess energy, giving you a better chance of getting deep sleep at night.
We’ve all had the experience of oversleeping but still feeling exhausted. Quality sleep must be our overarching goal.
3. Try a Power Nap
As you develop your plan for a more active lifestyle, keep in mind that the occasional daytime nap is just fine. Many doctors are even encouraging them!
Surprisingly, “power naps” can help you focus, retain new information, function better at work, and drastically improve your mood.
If you work from home, you might want to schedule regular naps. About one hour usually does the trick. Make sure to set an alarm or an egg timer, whatever you can rely upon to wake you up.
If you’re working in an office, on the other hand, you may want to find somewhere quiet to rest or sleep for half an hour or 45 minutes on your lunch break.
Again, finding the perfect sleeping groove is key. If you find that napping is making you stay up too late, then cut back and try to go to bed earlier.
4. Monitor Your Memory
One of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle is a healthy memory. If you’ve noticed memory issues, a lack of restful sleep could be to blame.
Memory is just one of those things to keep an eye on as we get older. If you forget the day of the week once in a while, it’s not a big deal.
We’ve all walked into a room and promptly forgotten why we went in there. Some memory loss is just a natural part of aging and not something to be concerned about at all.
On the other hand, if you forget the year, names of your family and friends, or how to play your favorite board game, it’s time to see a doctor. They’ll give you some memory tests and may be able to prescribe some medication.
Take the time to learn more about memory care and therapeutic assisted living. You may be able to give your lifestyle a boost by finding a supportive community.
5. Meditate Regularly
In addition to exercising and eating better, you may want to include time to meditate. Meditation is a low-stress, low-cost way to examine your thoughts and emotions.
If you’ve never meditated, it’s easy to get started. You sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and breathe.
You may feel anxious at first, but meditation is all about embracing uncertain feelings. Every time you have anxiety, just breathe through it and you may find that you feel much better afterward.
If sitting upright isn’t comfortable for you, you can certainly rest in bed or on a recliner. You may find that meditating before bed allows you to get a better night’s sleep.
You can play music while you meditate, sit in nature and contemplate its beauty, or write in a journal.
There’s more than one way to meditate: it’s just about finding what makes you feel happy and safe.
Pro Tips for a Fit Life
Hopefully, these tips will help you make some major changes. There are a few more tips that are essential for improving your sleep and helping you overcome exhaustion and anxiety.
Make sure that you’re having fun and planning activities that you like. If you like going to the movies, take a walk around the mall for 15 minutes before you sit down and watch the show.
If you love coffee, just make sure that you drink it before 6 pm and maybe skip the pastry.
There’s no reason to stop doing the things that you love, and mental health is a huge part of a fit life.
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