Aiming for a healthier lifestyle can do wonders for the mind and body. And you don’t have to wait for the New Year to have a clean slate and include it in your goals – you can start whenever! If you want to meet a healthier you, add these energy-boosting habits to your daily routine:
Try mini workouts you can easily do every day
Doctors recommend exercising regularly as a way to boost our energy. But don’t feel pressured! You don’t have to rehaul your routine and become a gym rat to lead a healthy lifestyle. Finding the right workout routine that fits your schedule, matches your fitness level, and delivers results may take time – sometimes, even trial and error.
You can start by trying mini workouts first, those that you can easily stick to every day. It can be as simple as beginning your day with a 10-minute walk around your neighborhood, a quick seven-minute exercise you can follow inside your room, or taking the stairs instead of riding the elevator.
Improve the quality of your sleep
Sleeping is one of our body’s main “tools” for recharging. And according to sleep experts, the quantity of your sleep is different from the quality of your sleep. So if it’s going to be a challenge getting eight hours of sleep every night, make it as soundly as you can!
Set up the mood in your room: make sure it’s dark and cool, and avoid screen time an hour before going to bed. You could even try diffusing relaxing scents such as lavender. These small changes in your bedtime routine can help you get a good night’s sleep so you can feel more energized and well-rested the next day.
Our body comprises 60% water, so it just makes sense that we consume as much water as we can. Two common signs of dehydration are fatigue and low levels of energy, and no one wants to feel tired all the time.
It’s recommended to drink 2 liters of water a day, so this is your sign to take a reusable tumbler wherever you go. The frequent trips to the restroom will take some getting used to, but the benefits that you’ll reap from staying hydrated, such as improved sleep quality, better mood, and well-functioning organs, are going to be worth it.
Check on your friends
Did you know that maintaining positive and healthy relations supports emotional and physical health? It promotes a sense of belonging, boosts self-esteem, encourages healthy behaviors, and may lower risks of long-term health problems. Ultimately, healthy friendships make us happier – so don’t forget to check in on your friends and ask them a simple “kumusta?” You don’t know who might need it!
Manage your stress
A day that’s all work and no play leads to lower energy levels, so treat yourself to activities that will boost your happy hormones. Find time to destress even just for an hour a day, and it doesn’t have to be a full-blown spa-like experience. Whether it’s trying a soothing face mask, starting a new book, or playing with your pet – find an activity that will make you smile, laugh, and be more relaxed. We all need it in this time of a fast-paced, hustle culture!
Don’t drain yourself
Just like how we avoid draining our phone’s batteries, don’t wait until your body is nearing zero percent energy. This applies to both your chores at home, responsibilities at work or school, and even your leisurely activities. Avoid doing your general cleaning all in one day or forcing yourself to finish one whole Netflix series in one sitting. At the end of the day, it’s easier and faster to recharge when your battery isn’t fully drained.
Consult a nutritionist
If the previous tips aren’t doing the trick, maybe your body is trying to tell you something else. You can check your body mass index and know your total energy requirement, or consult a nutritionist in order to get a full assessment and diet plan recommendation. What you put inside your body – the food you consume, makes a difference in your energy levels. These experts will be able to advise you on how to eat more healthily.
Go for healthier food
When it comes to following your ideal diet plan, you can count on certain pantry staples like bread to help you switch to healthier eating habits. And if you’re worrying about giving up on the flavors that you love, fret not – healthy food can also be delicious!
Just like the Gardenia High Fiber Wheat Raisin Loaf that is made with premium whole wheat and is laden with juicy California raisins – masarap na, nutritious pa! Aside from being packed with fiber, it’s also a source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, which help release energy from the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in the food that we eat, aiding the body in energy production.
You can eat it plain or follow this yummy recipe by diet and fitness coach, Kat Aglipay. She also shares some easy-to-follow exercises that will inspire you to move more.
With the right diet plan and exercise routine in place, raising your energy isn’t so hard to achieve! With healthy bread options such as the Gardenia High Fiber Wheat Raisin Loaf and Gardenia High Fiber Wheat Cranberry Loaf that are flavorful on their own, or the versatile Gardenia High Fiber Whole Wheat Bread, which you can enjoy with unlimited possibilities, you’ll get a nutritious and delicious partner in your road to a healthier lifestyle.
The Gardenia High Fiber Wheat Raisin Loaf is available in shopping outlets and grocery stores near you, or you can shop online by visiting Gardenia’s flagship stores on Lazada and Shopee.
If you loved Kat Aglipay’s Feel Lighter, Better, Healthier with Gardenia High Fiber webinar series episode, follow the Gardenia Nutrition & Wellness page on Facebook and Instagram to see more tips for a healthier you.