5 Ways To Live Just A Little Better

It is not ususal for us to spend time on these sort of subjects but our team thought it was worth our readerships while.  Plus, you can forget about the crazy world of insurance & employee benefits for a bit.

 

1. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

 

No you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out!  Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber – and they’re low in calories.  Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and blood pressure.  Even a Harvard School of Public Health article released on their website give you great recommendations on how to fulfill this top priority.

Remember that skipping that fast food meal for a balanced vegetable loaded lunch could add up over a month’s time (No, We didn’t say no to MEAT… Do you think we are insane!). I won’t tell you just how many calories difference that would equate.  Your stomach would probably appreciate it a great deal though!

 

2. Exercise is Not a 4 Letter Word

 

Let’s be honest, no one actually wants to exercise.  Everyone see’s those “overachievers” going to the gym before work and working out like Cross Fit Breaking Bad!  Unfortunately statistics and all too many studies are showing we have to do it.  Besides the fact that Exercise relieves stress… Oh, yes it does (2010 Study by the University of California-San Francisco)!  A growing body of researchers are saying 30-45 minutes of daily exercise for 5 days a week can boost the bodies immune system and quantifiable reduce depression and boost brain functionality.

 

3. Snack Smarter & More Often

 

You need to “snack with a purpose” according to a Web MD article by Star Lawrence.  If you are a between-meals eater, look at your eating pattern, Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, author of the American Dietetic Association’s Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, tells WebMD. “It may be a snack — for you — is a fourth meal or a good way to get a nutrient you missed. Think of it that way.”

Try to snack only when you’re beginning to feel hungry rather than when you’re more likely to emotionally eat.  As, well take out only one portion from full-size packages and use a bowl to eat from (rather that eating directly from the package) or purchase single-serve packages.

 

4. Sleep More Than a Rockstar

 

Giving the roller coaster of a schedule that many people are having today, probably the one that sent you here at the first place, we must come to realize just how much important sleep is to all of us. Many studies conducted on couple of the best universities around the world suggest that every individual needs from seven to eight hours a sleep during the night.

 

5. Take Your Vitamins

 

This may be controversial to some as vitamin usage is a heavily debated topic (especially if you use that little search engine, Google!).  To put it plainly, if we did not consume adequate amounts of vitamins our bodies would not be able to function properly. Vitamins are essential to so many processes within the body that it would be very difficult for me to tell you all of the things vitamins are needed for. The fundamentals of cells depend greatly upon vitamins.

 

Vitamins are responsible for keeping cells strong, binding tissues, fighting infections, etc. Without vitamins our cells would not function properly and thus our organs would suffer and eventually we would no longer be able to survive. Vitamins help regulate metabolism, help convert fat and carbohydrates into energy, and assist in forming bone and tissue.

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