In a world where we are always up to odd working hours, buried deep in work, social commitments and excuses, healthy habits are never a priority. We know we should be exercising. We know we should eat right. But how many times do we listen to ourselves? Not until we fall sick it seems.
On the occasion of World Health Day, we bring to you 10 small things that can help you stay healthier and feel awesome:
You know running and sprint walking is good, but motivating yourself to get down to it is super difficult.
Pro Tip: Download Nike+ Run Club app on your iPhone or android. It shows your longest, fastest, farthest runs as achievements. It notes down your miles, unlocks milestones, tracks your favourite routes. But best of all, if you sync it with Facebook, it will post your run on your timeline and the likes from friends will be a great motivation. You’ll hear a crowd roar real-time while you run, if your friends like or comment on the post shared by the app. If you’re not fond of Facebook bragging, we totes get you. You can opt for world famous athletes congratulating you with recorded messages when you’ve reached a personal best! Pair this with your favourite music tracks and you’ve got the best motivation to get on the move!
The lunch break is called a “break” for a reason. Step away from your desk during lunch time. People can survive without you for half an hour.
Pro Tip: Use the time wisely. Catch up with friends, run errands or simply enjoy your meal as you give yourself a much needed rest. Call for some tasty khaana from the various food apps to mix it up.
Learn some breathing exercises to deal with stress. Even if it makes you feel like a moron for using you finger and thumb, you can show the finger to anyone who makes fun. Hey at least you, unlike them, will be stress-free-ish!
Pro Tip: Choose from a plethora of apps available with guided meditations, group chats that can form your support system, thought diary, etc.
Headspace, calm, happify, Pacifica are some good apps to choose from
Eat smart. Eat right. If you are a calorie counter, get an app that will keep check of how much you have indulged. If you are looking to find healthier food substitutes, there is an app for that as well!
Pro Tip: There is an app called Healthy Out that shows you the best and healthiest eating out options near you.
Say night-night to your phone about twenty to thirty minutes before you go to bed. Tomorrow will come again for you to read the posts, tweets or answer those emails. Pro Tip: if you want to use your phone, use it to play some soothing music. The varied ranges from white noise, to sea wave sounds, to melodies to choose from will ensure you have a good night sleep.
Limit drinking to only the weekends. Give your poor liver a break.
Pro Tip: set an upper limit and count the number of drinks you are having. If that doesn’t work, sip slowly or drink water in between. Learn to say no when you are done.
Stay hydrated – it will improve your body’s functions as well as your functioning in office.
Pro Tip: in case you can’t remember to drink water, you can set reminders with Hydro Coach. It also lets you sync hydration with workouts. Another app, Daily Water, celebrates every time you log a drink of water with it. With such easy ways to staying hydrated, you’ll be swimming in water soon!
Cultivate a hobby. Give a break to your brain from all the work-related stuff.
Pro Tip: figure out something you’d like to learn, and look up some YouTube videos to get you started. Film your progress, use social media to brag about your new skills or take a class with a friend.
Spend time with your close ones. There is nothing better or more annoying than having your circle of people shower you with love.
Pro Tip: sorry we’ve got nothing here! Just go and hang out with your circle, yes?
Ask for help. It is okay to ask for help when you feel overwhelmed or in need of a mentor. The world will not implode if you decide to take a step back and just breathe.
Pro Tip: reach out to a “real” professional before you reach out to the “virtual” doctor and start to Google stuff.