Healthy On The Go: 8 Easy Tips From Dr. Phil

Posted on February 15, 2012 by

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Are you a busy entrepreneur or employee who is usually on the go and doesn’t have a lot of time, but still wants to make this the year that you get more healthy?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most people want to get healthy, more fitter and look younger yet they can’t seem to find the time for it. In fact, I have seen advertisements on TV since the new year for at least 7 different fitness workouts by various celebrities and actresses, but I wonder how many people will actually stick to the plans when they purchase it.

Listen, if this year is going to be different for you, your body and your family, then it’s time to buckle up and find new habits that will serve you better. Don’t you agree? Healthy living doesn’t have to be hard, it was never created to be. But it does require a small amount of commitment and a big love for being refreshed.

Here are eight tips for healthy living on the go:

1. Enjoy a pint of water first thing in the morning.

If you haven’t got time for anything else in the morning, make time to drink a big glass of water. We lose a lot of oxygen through the night and to rejuvenate our cells, we need to supply them with water and oxygen. Drink a glass of water and within a week you’ll begin to feel less tired. I like the taste of water, but I know some people do not so if you’re one of them, squeeze some fresh lemon or lime into your water to give it taste and drink up.  And, if you really want to stay hydrated and energized through the day, then drink an a cup of water (500ml) hourly during your waking hours.  The reality here is that your body will only absorb 1 cup of water per hour anyway, so the rest gets excreted ( a nice way of saying pee).  Over your day you’ll drink about 4 -5 litres of water.

2. Grab a few fresh fruits and chooped vegetables on your way out.

Wherever you’re going – whether it’s a walk or drive to the supermarket or on your way to a meeting – pick up one or two fruits and some easy to eat vegetables (many come prepared chopped for easy edibility while on the go) and eat them. If you leave for work in the morning and don’t return ’til evening, take a few fruits and eat them throughout the day. Fruits are great for their nutrients, vitamins and sugars that are required in our body. Just remember, Our obesity epidemic is not happening because we’re eating too much fruit!

3. Avoid going to junk food shops with your work mates.

If your work mates are going and you want to go along, go ahead but don’t order the burger or french fries. Go for a nice salad instead. Or any other healthy meal that takes your fancy. Junk food is full of “empty calories” that do nothing for your body but put on extra unneeded and unhealthy fat. And, the checmicals in these foods just make us more addicted and fat!

4. Exercise on the go.

If you work in an office, get up every 30 minutes and go for a walk. If you have an office with stairs, run up and down the stairs every couple of hours. Get your blood flowing and your muscles moving.

5. Drink herbal teas.

When at work or home, many people love to get a cup of tea or coffee. Decide that you’ll be more healthy and get a warm cup of herbal tea. The selection available today is absolutely massive, so you’re guaranteed to find one you enjoy. Just keep the dairy and sugar out of it!

6. Eat a handful of nuts.

Get your favorite selection of nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, etc.) and raisins and have a big handful of them at around 3pm. This has been shown to increase afternoon energy and productivity.  I also like to add in a handful of Goji berries for an energy boost too!

7. Say yes to freshly squeezed juice.

One of the biggest and most exciting changes I made in my health was when I said “yes” to having my own freshly squeezed juice every morning. Since then, my energy, body health and vitality has increased ten-fold. I create the time to squeeze my own carrot-apple-ginger juice; however if you don’t have the time, ask someone if they can make it for you in exchange for something you can help them with, or get yourself to a local juice bar and get your share of the juice!

8. Deep breathing.

When you’ve got time – at your desk, driving the car, cooking food – do some deep breathing. Inhale and count up to 5 seconds, hold it for a few seconds, and release slowly. Exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is one of the best things we can do for our blood and cells.

Please share if you have any other tips for success!

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