Top 5 Tips for a Healthier You!
Poster: Amy Pyne
1. Drink More Water
Water makes up about 60% of our body so it’s no wonder that experts are always telling us to drink 8 glasses a day. Our bodies need water to carry out tasks such as brain functionality, cell growth and rejuvenation, digestion and oxygenation. I would recommend drinking anything from 2-4 litres of water a day. Staying hydrated can help curb hunger pangs and aid with weight loss. It’s a good idea to drink a glass of water before each meal to create a feeling of fullness and help prevent overeating.
Carbonated drinks, fruit juices and sports drinks are loaded with sugars which can cause you to pack on the pounds and simultaneously dehydrate your skin. Water is a much healthier alternative to sugar loaded fruit juices and sports drinks which appear to be healthy until you look at the label. Try creating your own fruit infused water by adding lemons, limes or whatever fruit tickles your fancy to a jug of water and letting it chill in the fridge for an hour or so. Trust me your skin and body will love you for it!
2. Get Moving
Get out, get active, get moving. It doesn’t matter what you do just make sure to be active for at least 30 minutes a day. I know that after a long day at work the thought of working out can be painful, but honestly have you ever regretted exercising after you’ve done it?? That’s because exercise causes a release of endorphin’s that make you feel happier and more productive.
Remember a 30 minute work out is only 2% of your day! You’d spend more time scrolling through Facebook after work – admit it! Whether it’s going for a leisurely walk, a circuit class, football training, yoga, cross fit, running or whatever activity it is that you enjoy, make sure to fit some form of physical activity into your day.
3. Cut Down on Caffeine
If you’re like me, then you don’t function until you get your morning cup of coffee. I love coffee! I can’t go a day without it but too much caffeine isn’t the best thing for your body. Too much caffeine in your system can cause cortisol levels in the body to spike. Cortisol is an anti-stress hormone. High levels of cortisol in the blood can cause an increase in appetite, poor blood sugar control and ultimately an increase in fat storage, i.e. too much caffeine is not good for your waistline. Try and limit your caffeine intake to 1 coffee a day or substitute for drinks such as tea or water.
4. Make the Switch to Brown
Cut out those stodgy, processed white carbohydrates such as your white bread, rice and pasta etc. and switch them for healthy complex carbohydrate equivalents. What we are talking about here is your brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, wholegrain breads, quinoa, bran cereals, oats, vegetables and fresh fruits. Complex carbohydrates take a longer time to break down in your digestive system and give off a slow release of energy helping you feel fuller for longer.
5. Eat Your Greens
Broccoli, spinach, kale, lettuce and don’t forget about all the other yummy fruits and vegetables which are loaded with really important micronutrients that keep our immune systems in tip top shape. In addition to the health benefits of fruit and vegetables, they make great nutritious and filling snacks and meals. Think about it this way, a half cup of pasta has roughly the same amount of calories as 3 cups of broccoli. Remember you don’t have to eat less you just have to eat better!
Amy Pyne is a Sales & Marketing Executive at Galway Bay Hotel.