Connector September 2023

CONNECTOR.AE 44 CONNECTOR.AE 45 Health and Wellness Health and Wellness Find A Suitable Workout: Sticking to a workout is difficult, and it is important to find one that is interesting. Based on the fitness goals and a person’s lifestyle, finding the right workout is essential out of the many options available including Zumba, yoga, dancing or highintensity training. As people have different routines, it is crucial to find a set time devoted to exercise daily and follow through with it. The best time to work out is in the morning on an empty stomach, as it helps in burning the fat stored in the body, however, people exercising at night can sleep better, and reduce the stress faced throughout the day. Additionally, it is key to not work out immediately after eating and to wait at least one or two hours, to avoid feeling sick. Eating A Balanced Meal: While working out helps in enhancing physical movement, food plays a vital role in a health journey. Eating healthy helps in reducing the risk of diseases, increases energy levels from the body receiving the nutrients required, and boosts the overall mood. For people that have not been eating nutritious meals, it is key to slowly make the change and not immediately start eating healthy, as it increases the chances of cravings. The first thing to do is cut out oily and deep-fried food, avoid processed items, and reduce the salt and sugar intake from meals consumed. Another tip to help stay on track with eating healthy is to meal prep over the weekend. Making larger batches of food and storing it in the fridge, can lead to ordering out less and not wasting food. Intermittent Fasting: Intermittent fasting has been all the rave, as it has many health benefits. With intermittent fasting, a person has times of fasting and eating. Based on the time period chosen for the day, food can only be consumed within those hours, and during the fasting period, only water can be consumed. With this method of eating, people lose more weight, reduce the chances of snacking throughout the day, decrease bloating, and lowers health ailments. While starting intermittent fasting, it is important to note that during eating hours, excessive amounts of food are not consumed and only enough is eaten, as per the body’s requirements. Overeating leads to gaining more weight and has a negative impact on the body. Drink More Water: Water is essential for every single person, as it helps in avoiding dehydration, getting rid of the toxins in the body, and increasing digestion levels. Although it is recommended to drink over 2 litres of water a day, the required water varies from person to person, and solely depends on body weight. An adult should drink an average of around 35ml of water per kilogram of body weight. For example, a person weighing 50kg, should drink around 1.7 litres of water. Allowing Cheat Days: For people that are starting out or getting back into a health journey, dedicating certain days in a month to cheat days is a good balance to avoid cravings. With eating healthy, many people feel the need to cut out on ordering food or avoid spending time with friends and family to minimise the temptation of eating junk food. By allowing a day in the week as a cheat day, where food that a person is being craved is consumed, will make it easier to stick to the goals set. It is important to not make cheat days a habit or a daily occurrence, as they can cause a setback to a health reset. Find Ways To Calm The Mind: While many focus on the physical benefits of a health journey, it is also important to prioritise mental health. As daily life can get hectic with work and running errands, finding outlets to relieve stress can help in feeling more productive and ready to tackle any problems faced. Finding the right way to calm the mind can involve a lot of trial and error, and people can explore multiple options including meditation, colouring, and journaling. A health reset is a great way to get back on track with physical and mental goals, especially after setbacks and personal changes. Following these tips to eat healthily, find a workout that is suitable, and get sufficient sleep, can help in leading to a healthy lifestyle and overall benefits.