Healthy Daily Routine
The good-for-you five-day plan starts with eating more
Living healthier doesn't mean radically
overhauling your life; small changes can make a big impact on your
well-being. Start with one goal a day, and soon these habits will
Monday: Don't Bypass Breakfast
Eat up! This first meal of the day literally breaks your
overnight fast. "Breakfast restarts your body after a period of
rest, stabilizes hormone levels, fuels your brain and body and
controls your appetite from escalating throughout the day," says
registered dietitian Nicolette M. Pace, founder and president of
Tuesday: Drink Up
Water does wonders. "It aids in digestion, absorbs and
metabolizes nutrients, and keeps muscles and lean tissue hydrated
so they work better," says Pace. "Adding extra water to your diet
can help you metabolize fat more efficiently when trying to lose
weight," she says.
Wednesday: Munch More Often
Eating five small meals or three full meals and two snacks keeps
hunger at bay and supplies a steady amount of energy-rich nutrients
during the day. Snacking on healthy foods helps level your blood
sugar so you won't hit up the vending machine.
Thursday: Massage Your Worries Away
Massage not only makes your muscles limber, but it also combats
stress and anxiety. "We have core energy fields that respond to
touch, stimulation and temperature," says Pace. "Soothing these
touch centers of the body can be extremely relaxing."
Friday: Find Extra Energy
If you feel like you're dragging, look closely at your diet.
Foods high in sugar and fat may be zapping your energy, even if
you're active. Lean protein, veggies and fruits are ideal for an
energy boost. And lay off caffeine: A quick fix of coffee may give
you a jolt, but it's closely followed by a slump.
-By Jennifer Tzeses