If you’re skipping the gym for the day, there are other things you can do to feel good about yourself, get your energy level up and reap some great health benefits. Check these out:
1. Drink at least one cup of green tea.
The health benefits of green tea are really enormous, in case you haven’t already heard. Besides being linked to lowering the chances of developing cancer, Alzheimer’s and Type 2 diabetes, a Japanese study found that drinking green tea regularly can play a major role in the reduction of developing cardiovascular disease. It also has a pretty good amount of caffeine, which can be perfect for your afternoon slump.
2. Eat slow and chew a lot.
You should get into the habit of eating slowly and chewing a lot so your food is almost a liquid before you swallow it. This way, your body will be able to absorb more of the nutrients and it will also make it easier to digest. You will also get full faster. Since it takes our brains 20 minutes to register that we’re full, when we eat too fast we can experience the “food coma” feeling. When you eat more slowly, you are more inclined to be conscious and present in the moment, making you feel happier, healthier and more focused.
3. Make a to-do list.
You’ll feel better about not going to the gym when you’re doing well in other areas of your life. So make a to-do list to de-clutter your mind. You should then prioritize the list in order of its importance. Start your day by tackling the tasks you’re dreading the most. It will keep you focused and reduce your anxiety.
4. Listen to upbeat songs.
Many times people listen to the kind of music that matches the mood they’re currently in, but oftentimes they should be listening to songs for the kind of mood they want to be in. The Mayo Clinic has found that music can lower your stress levels, decrease pain and improve your blood pressure.
Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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