We spend most of our lives doing one of three things - eating, sleeping and working - so it’s important to regularly review our habits in these areas to make sure our lifestyles are healthy and balanced.
Men’s and women’s lifestyles vary due to a range of different factors, including our hormonal and physical differences, childcare responsibilities and working lives, but how do the sexes fare when it comes to these three main areas of our lives?
The vitamin experts over at Vitabiotics have put the sexes to the test to see who comes out on top in the triathlon of life.
Although men narrowly take the lead in these results, there are some easy tips and tricks that both men and women can use to live healthier lives, and feel well from the inside out.
It’s all too easy to grab ready meals or processed snacks whilst you’re on the go, which can leave you lacking essential vitamins and minerals, or feeling sluggish.
Even if you’re rushed off your feet, with a little planning a preparation each week, you can make sure your diet is healthy, clean and varied. Spend some time drawing up a meal plan each week, and opt for recipes that can be prepared in advance to make your meal prep as simple as possible. Stock up on plenty of healthy snacks such as fruit, veggies and hummus or nuts and keep them on your desk so you’re not tempted by sugary treats when the 3pm slump rolls around.
In our hectic world, it’s no surprise that so many of us struggle to shake off tiredness throughout the day. If you find yourself lagging in the afternoons, or sleeping in late on the weekends, it’s about time you reviewed your sleep routine. Implementing some simple sleep hygiene tips can help you to fall asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed. These strategies include:
Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, including weekends
Avoiding screens, such as your TV or phone, for an hour before going to bed
Getting up with your first alarm - not snoozing it
Having a routine, such as taking a bath and then reading, that you carry out to relax before bed
Having a consistent routine will help you to sleep better and feel refreshed and ready to go every day.
Many of us will spend upwards of 40 hours per week at work, so making sure you’re happy and fulfilled at work will have a huge impact on your quality of life. One way of achieving this is to make sure you’ve got a good work-life balance, and aren’t heading towards burnout. Take time each day for yourself, doing activities such as meditation or walking outdoors, that help you to relax and unwind, and consider speaking to your employer about flexible working if this is a better option for you.
These easy tips will help to improve your health, wellbeing and quality of life and leave you feeling nourished from the inside out!