Life 101. The (Very) Basics of Healthy Living.

Let’s get back to the basics. Why? Because the essentials of staying healthy don’t necessarily mean throwing heavy objects over your head. They simply mean refocusing your energy on things you do every day.  

 

First, let’s clarify. We’re not saying working out is obsolete. It is still important to work out. We just want you you to supplement your exercise with the advice we’re about to provide. After all, if you’re coming to Paramount, you’re obviously someone who wants to keep improving and furthering your awesome-ness. That’s why we want you to complement your time in the gym by doing the following outside of it:

 

Get to Bed. Sleep In.

This seems like a no-brainer. Besides, don’t we all love to tuck in and wake up late? But are you getting adequate sleep each night?  Whether your goals are weight loss, strength training, general health & fitness, or growing a baby, sleep is so vital to achieving your goals.  According to Abel James, the lack of sleep makes your body feel like it’s in a state of famine with disastrous results.  Let’s look at your last three nights. If you’re not getting seven-eight hours, figure out why. Were the last three nights a fluke? Was it something temporary like a work deadline or an all-night Seinfeld marathon? If those are the cases, you should get back on track as soon as possible. If less than seven-eight hours is pretty typical for you (which is most of us), consider making some changes.  Here are four things* to try for the next few weeks and let us know how you feel.

  1. No snoozing.  Once your alarm is set, get out of bed and start your morning routine.  Bonus points if you can get outside and get exposure to sunlight as soon as possible.

  2. Cut out coffee and other caffeinated drinks after 12pm.  If you can’t do 12pm, try no later than 3pm.  

  3. This is going to be a hard one.  Turn off your TV, computer, Ipad and start to dim your lights after 10:00pm (and even earlier if you can).  Read a book, listen to music or a podcast, bake, knit, color, play board games, build a bookshelf.  There are lots of things you can do without technology.   

  4. Make sure your bedroom is super dark and a cool temperature.  Get blackout curtains, turn off alarm clocks or put something over it so you can’t see the light.  TV and computers should be turned off too.

  5. BONUS:  Read these 8 tips for beating insomnia from Chris Kresser

 

 

*This is assuming you don’t have a baby or a new puppy, international travel or working overnight shifts.