All of us strive to improve ourselves for different reasons. We want to feel better than before and look greater than ever. However, lack of motivation and the habit of clinging to familiar practices holds us back. It’s one thing to try a few healthy indulgences on and off but habit forming is what helps in the long run. Here are some must try health hacks that you can adopt for feeling better daily:
1) Kickstart Your Morning With Lemon + Honey Water
What better way to start your morning than with lemon and honey lukewarm water. It is a known fact that lemon and honey help flush out toxins from your body. Moreover, this practice helps in getting rid of those extra pounds a tad easier than before. This happens because it increases your bowel movements and decreases your appetite, thus eliminating excess calorie intake.
Additionally, lemon and honey also increase your metabolism.
2) Switch To Cold Showers
Hot showers combined with jazz music might feel incredibly soothing but that’s where the fun ends. Buckle up and switch to cold showers to unlock some extra health benefits. They improve circulation, increase metabolism, tighten pores and boost immunity. Furthermore, they help in speed recovery from a tough workout. That’s the reason why most athletes take ice cold showers after matches or races.
You can also try out the “Scottish Shower” technique to smoothen your transition. It involves alternating between hot and cold water. Another way is to switch over to cold water for the last couple of minutes after a hot shower to get the best of both worlds.
3) Say Yes To Intermittent Fasting
Longer bouts of fasting help the body to remove toxins and shed those stubborn pounds. It even helps slow ageing. On the flipside, 24 hours without food might not be everyone’s cup of tea. That’s where the 16:8 technique comes in. It is a more sustainable approach to fasting. It involves eating normally until, say, 7 p.m. and then fasting until 11 a.m. the next day. Coffee, tea, and water can be taken during the fasting period. You’re free to choose any 16-hour period as per your convenience and schedule. Also, avoid overeating when your fasting period ends to maximise the health benefits.
4) Indulge In Some Dark Chocolate
Most of us know the benefits of dark chocolate but we often choose the wrong kind. It’s the cacao that packs the healthy punch and improves your overall health. Countless studies have proven that a daily dose of about 1.6 oz of dark chocolate is good for your heart and brain.
However, stay away from the calorie-loaded bars you often see in supermarket shelves that are loaded with sugar, milk and cream. Choose brands with cacao content of at least 70%. Even better, make it yourself with raw organic cacao powder, coconut oil, and maple syrup.
Hey Jack Johnson, we all love “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” but we must move too. Staying stagnant and sitting still for long hours is bad for health. Sitting at desks and counters was already a big problem while working during the days of normalcy. Then came the pandemic and WFH culture which made the situation even worse vis-à-vis lack of movement. It leads to chronic stiffness and pain in your lower back, neck, shoulders, or feet.
The human body is naturally meant to go through the gears, so it will naturally complain when you park it in neutral for hours.
Aim to move, rotate and stretch your body every 20-30 minutes. Go for regular walks, ditch the elevator to take the stairs and groove a little to the music you love. If your job doesn’t allow for that much flexibility, fidget as much as possible while seated. Stand up and work sometimes too. The art of standing up is quite underused and underrated these days. Save the lazy “couch potato” sitting positions for your resting period when you actually sit on the couch to unwind a little.
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