Did you know that it’s never too early or late to work toward living a healthy active lifestyle? This National Women’s Health Week, women of all ages can take control of their health by following a proper exercise and diet regimen.
The following are four simple healthy tips every woman can use to get and stay healthy, created in collaboration with my Herbalife colleague, Samantha Clayton, former Olympic runner and Senior Director of worldwide fitness education.
Eat Right – You don’t need to eat immediately upon awakening, but it’s really important to eat in the morning. Those who eat breakfast regularly are better able to control their weight, while breakfast skippers are likely to over-compensate and eat too much at lunch. Proper nutrients to feed your muscles (especially adequate protein and healthy carbohydrates) and hydration are also important pre- and post- workout.
Sleep Tight – When you don’t sleep well at night, the foods you turn to the next day in order to keep you going could be the exact same foods that are sabotaging your good night’s rest. That’s because when you don’t get a good night’s sleep, it affects the balance of your body’s hunger hormones and you may feel the urge to eat. People who don’t sleep well tend to snack more, and they often turn to sweets and caffeine to get them through the day. The problem is, caffeine can interfere with your ability to sleep at night. Although the sugary foods might boost your energy level for a little while, there’s a good chance your blood sugar will soon plummet, and you’ll just start the process all over again.
Stay Consistent – It’s consistency with exercise that will get you great results. So, if you find yourself skipping your trip to the gym, find ways to add exercise into your day at work. So simply taking a walk at lunch can combat afternoon slumps in energy and focus. If you combine your walk with a meal replacement shake, like Herbalife Formula 1, you are getting a convenient meal while getting some exercise. Doing a little something each day is better than one big trip to the gym each week. Being active every day is the best way to promote sustainable body composition change.
Stretch and Lift – Ensure you’re moving your muscles and joints through their full range of motion each day by performing simple stretches which will help reduce injuries. Do some dynamic stretching before exercising, then try simple squats, lunges, push-ups and eventually progress to using weights, then finish with some static stretching. Ideally, you need both resistance exercise and aerobic exercise to keep your body operating at its peak.