The struggle can be quite real in this Nigeria of ours and so many times, after work we just want to kick back and relax. Thus, here are five health habits for lazy people:
Home cooked meals are good for you. Instead of relying on shop bought ready meals which lack in nutritional value, try making your own healthy options. By cooking up healthy meals in large batches at the weekend, you’ll have plenty of healthy choices in your freezer for those days when you’re too lazy to cook.
Get a pet to help:
Multiple studies have shown that pet owners have better physical and mental health, including lowered blood pressure, more capacity to cope with adverse life effects, and lowered stress levels. For those who need ‘gingering’ to up their fitness levels, getting a pet dog may also provide you with that push you need to get out and get active.
Exercise while watching TV:
Sitting in front of the TV can be the fastest way to pile on the pounds. However, there are plenty of ways to keep healthy and active in front of the screen. To boost your fitness while watching TV, do a mini-workout during each commercial break. From situps to skipping or a quick run up and down stairs, there are plenty of ways to introduce activity into your TV-watching schedule. The golden rule is simply to keep moving, with studies suggesting that even fidgeting while sitting can burn up to 350 extra calories a day.
Try a crossword puzzle:
Workouts don’t always have to be about your body, try your brain. Boosting your mental health is just as important as your physical well being, and effortlessly too. Research has found that frequent participation in mentally stimulating activities can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, so give your brain a challenge and reach for a crossword, Sudoku puzzle or book instead.
Have relaxing meals:
Taking long, leisurely meals – instead of eating on the run or multi-tasking – is a great way to look after your digestive system and also help you lose weight. By eating slower and focusing on your food, you will enjoy and savor it more and cut the risk of overeating. Also, as it takes 20 minutes for your body to register the feeling of being full, by eating more slowly you will feel full after less.
Try out these simple steps and let us know what you think.