Welcome to the Lazy Presidente edition for simple ways to keep fit and healthy everyday!
When I was 16 I discovered the only way I am able to speak properly and control my stuttering was to exercise regularly and avoid fatty food. Doing martial arts helped to instill this discipline which has in turn helped me breathe property and keeps my stutter in check. If I stop my daily exercises for even a week, my stutter comes back with a vengeance after a week so I have no other choice.
Over time I have realized that its a marathon (not a race) to stay fit and healthy in life. I’m not designed to hit the gym intensely for 6 months and stop for further 3 months and start again. I’ve seen so many people who go overboard with the gym and cannot sustain it in the long term because they are so drained or get injuries. They then return to bad habits and put on weight very quickly and complain about it.
I believe its all about having a balance and keeping fit smarter (not harder) which is what I meant by the ‘Lazy Presidente’ edition. So here are 7 simple tips to fit and healthy everyday without going overboard:
1. Keep active after work
Although hitting on the couch and watching TV after a hard day’s work sounds enticing, its the worst thing you can do for your body. What’s working really well for me is getting changed to my gym clothes as soon as I walk through the door (as well as saying hi to the family of course) and forcing myself to exercise for at least 15 to 30 minutes. Things might be busy and even if its 5 to 10 minutes, its better than nothing.
This includes a quick bike ride, kicking the ball around my son, going for a run around the oval, a quick workout or whatever comes to mind. I cannot be too planned about my exercise else I get bored. Going to the gym takes too much effort and its not for me.
2. Stay clear of too much sugar, carbs and dairy
Why be one extreme or another when you can strike a nice balance? Why starve yourself from the good things in life right?
Before 16 years of age, I was on hitting McDonalds, KFC and other fast food joints regularly. I was also consuming a few of packets of chocolates and a heap of sugary soft drinks every week. I was never appreciated of my mum’s home cooked meals. But I realized this was an issue because it was impacting on my speech and hips, so I made a conscious decision to eat smarter.
Eating smarter means avoiding fatty takeaway foods, switching from milk chocolate/dessert to the occasion piece of dark chocolate and having home cooked meals as much possible unless of course I feel lazy. I found that once you get into a healthy routine, there’s no going back to a bad habits! You just get use to it and feel good in return. You cannot stamp everything because you’ll then stamping out life. This trick is to eat and drink what you workout which brings me to my next tip.
3. Eat and drink what you work out
Being a lazy person, its all abut efficiency! I’ve gotten into a mindset of eating and drinking what I workout which has its been working well, which has been working well for me over the last 20 years or so. So how does this work?
Well, it goes something like this…
If I don’t have time to exercise today, I eat something very healthy and light like sushi, a wrap, whole meal sandwich and avoid any wine or other alcohol.
If I do a have time for a workout and happy with it, I reward myself with a mix of carbs, maybe some dessert, a glass of wine or some other beverage.
Simple as that and its only fair to my body.
4. Use the stairs at work or anytime
Using the stairs may not be option if you live or work 50 floors up but if its reasonable just do it (like Nike says)! You’ll get your daily exercise in one hit, avoid running into your boss, awkward conversations in the lift and won’t have to worry about line up due to social distancing. Taking the stairs up especially is a great workout for strengthening your legs and muscles and burning up some calories lunch.
5. Have lots of green tea through out the day
Don’t know what it is but having a hot green tea after a meal (especially a heavy one) just makes me feel a whole lot better about life. Green has proven to give you metabolism a boost, helps break down the fat and increases the amount of antioxidants in your bloodstream.1
6. Swap your work chair for a yoga ball
Swapping your office chair for a yoga ball is the perfect lazy solution for keeping fit and healthy without making any extra effort. Yoga balls are proven to tone core muscles, relieve back pain, help you breathe better, get you stretching more without you even knowing and burn extra calories.2
7. Do these 5-minute workouts when you can
Try out our four 5-minute workouts which you can do from anywhere and requires no equipment. Its all about working out smarter, not harder!
For more inspiration on living smarter, click here for 9 smart things that lazy people do.