TIPS FOR HEALTHY LIVING
Here are few tips for healthy living by Dr. M.G. Prasad, Master Fitness Trainer, Zen Sports & Fitness Center, Bengaluru
Your body needs at least 7-8 hours of sleep everyday. Physical body require long periods of sleep to restore tissues and rejuvenate muscles. Sleep also balances blood pressure, heals and repairs the fatigue that occurred on major organs – heart, kidneys, liver etc during day activities.
Sleeping very late nights
If you are struck with your work and want to stretch your day, eating an Apple before you sleep late night helps in producing necessary energy. This to ensure all the organs or the body – kidney, lungs, heart, liver have sufficient energy to work during sleep. Eating an Apple can provide energy for these organs for 4-5 hours during sleep.
Meals and Snacks
It is suggested to consume three meals and 2 snacks per day with a time gap of 2.5 to 3 hours in between. Snacks can be like mixed fruit, mixed veg salad, peanuts or brown rice or brown bread with cheese. In daily meals, including lots of leafy vegetables which are sources of rich iron. This helps to build and improve muscle strength
20-30 minutes of exercise a day helps you to be fit and healthy. And at least twice or thrice a week it is suggested to do weight training to increase metabolism to add some muscle mass to your body and to burn unused fats.
Only short naps during day time
It is fine to take a small nap during day time. But, sleeping more than 30 minutes during the day hours can slow down the metabolic activities of the body and results in formation of fat in the body.
Read before you sleep
Its a good habit to read before going to bed. Stress accumulated whole day can be carried during the sleep too. Reading 5 minutes before we go to sleep can bring down the stress levels and gives you sound stressless sleep.
No carbohydrates after 7pm
Carbohydrates are generally required to generate energy. But after 7pm we usually will not have much daily activities to perform and the requirement of energy is also less. Carbohydrates consumed will be converted into glucose to generate energy. The unused glucose will convert into fat. So, it is suggested to avoid high glycemic foods with carbohydrates like white rice, white bread etc after 7pm because these foods will convert into glucose very fast and accumulates in blood stream.
If needed, you can consume protein food after 7pm. Our bodies will start restoring and rejuvenating muscles and tissues during resting. Proteins helps in rebuilding tissues and muscles during sleep.
Drink sufficient water
Drinking 3 litres of water per day helps to avoid dehydration of body. If your body weight is more than 75kg, it is necessary to consume 4 litres. And you can consume the suggested water as required in the whole day.
If you are planning for outdoor workouts, drinking water with glucose, orange or sweet lime just helps to give you instant energy and rejuvenates your muscles for workouts. This juices will add vitamin c into our diets.
In this modern life, stress has become common in our daily life. But try to reduce your stress by meditating daily for sometime to control emotions and ensure your body and mind are in balance.
Finish your dinner 2 hrs before sleep
To generate energy, our body will convert everything we consume into glucose. The glucose will be used by our organs to perform its activities. And the glucose that is produced has to burn in 3 hours. If not, the rest over glucose will convert into fat which leads to weight gain. Generally, after 6pm, we will be heading to home and will not have much work to burn glucose. So it is suggested to consume dinner before 2 hours so as to ensure that 80% of glucose is burnt. The rest over 20% glucose will be used by our organs to perform their activities during sleep.
Alcohol – Not more than 60 ml/day
In case of older adults, consuming 30ml to 60ml of alcohol during night will help in increasing the metabolism in the body and to increase temperature & blood flow to all the muscles and decrease fat accumulation. Consuming more than 60ml may bring negative effect over body.
Green Tea or Lemon Tea
Green tea has a lot of anti oxidants which helps in removing toxins formed in the body due to daily activities. Consuming Green tea helps in rejuvenating your body and to restore the energy system. Lemon tea or citric fruits like orange or sweet lime will provide vitamin c, which helps in the growth, development and repair of body tissues. Avoid sugar to bring the result of tea quickly
Don’t exercise in empty stomach
We do exercise to maintain fitness or to burn fat. Our body needs carbohydrates to burn fats. Exercising in empty stomach or without carbohydrates may lead you negative effects. This is because, your body needs energy to burn fat and starts breaking down the muscle tissues to generate energy. So as to prevent the loss of hard earned muscle tissues, it is suggested to eat Small quantity of any ripe fruit to burn fat effectively. Eat a banana or a papaya before starting your workout program.
Also, keep sipping water during workouts as you sweat out in the process of fat burning.