The days are long, life is tough, and there is never enough time to squeeze in all the parts of the day around the tie of work. So just how do people do it? Well, it’s not only about getting it all in, but it’s also making sure you’re doing these activities at the right time. This could be easier than we once thought…
The early bird
6 am is when you want to find yourself jumping in the shower. However, you want to give yourself some days off as well as too much washing can disrupt the natural balance of bacteria and oils on your body. Hitting the bathroom at this time will get you up and ready for the day. If you’re skipping the shower, then 7 am is apparently when you should be getting in your workout. Studies suggest that exercising at this time will help boost your energy levels, as well as burn more calories if you do it before breakfast.
After setting yourself up for the day now is the time to get in some breakfast. 8 am to be precise. This meal should be made up of healthy fats, fiber, and protein to prepare your mind and body for the day ahead. An hour later at 9 am is when you should be looking at getting in some water. Not drinking enough could contribute to early fatigue or headaches.
At around 11 am you can finally enjoy that long awaited cup of coffee. By now your natural boost in energy will have worn off, and your body will thank you for the caffeine. At midday, it’s important to grab some lunch. A meal full of fiber and protein will see you with enough energy to make it through the rest of the day without having that post-lunch slump. An hour later, at 1 pm, you may want to think about moving around. By now you may have been sitting down for a long time, so your body needs to get moving to help with circulation.
When 3 pm rolls around you can treat yourself to a snack. Your body may be craving a pick-me-up by now so be sure to fuel that brain and keep things ticking over. By 4 pm your eyes may be getting tired. This is when it’s important to take a 20-second break from looking at the screen to help protect your eyesight.
Happy hour may sound appealing, but studies now show that even one drink a day could be linked to a number of illnesses, including certain cancers. Instead, studies suggest you should head out to a group sports class. This will get all the social needs you may have missed out on throughout the day, as well as get your blood pumping for the evening. A quick ride on public transport at 6 pm means your body gets exposed to all the germs it needs to keep your immune system in check. Once your home, dinnertime is best served at 7 pm giving your body enough time to digest your meal before you head off to bed.
Now it’s all about chilling out. Sadly, when it comes to 9.30pm, studies suggest you should put down the screens to help your body drift off. The results show that people who didn’t use their phones for 20 minutes before bed were able to get off to sleep easier alongside getting more beneficial sleep.
It looks as though getting the most benefits out of our daily lives could be easier than we once thought. In fact, just a few tweaks to any daily routine and you could soon be reaping the benefits of your new lifestyle!