Over the last few months I have been reading various articles from a variety of sources. I have read various research on the above title. Many people explain these as the four pillars, which we need to work on in order to reach that fitter and healthier you!!
I read a fantastic article on sleep deprivation this week. The article explain how sleep deprivation is one of the biggest factors relating to stress, depression and over eating sugary foods. It also expressed that the quality of sleep far outweighs the duration of sleep.
The article said the key to good quality sleep is:
No computers and phones around an hour to 30 minutes before you go to bed
Consistent bed time (the human body loves routine)
No caffeine based drinks up to 5 hours before bed time
Take Valerian Root Supplement
I love reading articles on exercise as its what interest me the most! With fitness watches on the up and everyone talking about the amount of steps they have done I was wondering where we got 10,000 steps as a daily goal from.
10,000 steps originates fro Japan in the run up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Pedometers became all the rage during these olympics and the pedometer used to stop working at 10,000 steps and then need to be reset. It was then concluded that someone who did 10,000 steps a day was moderately active.
NutritionPeople always say you should not eat too late at night if your trying to loose weight. The latest diet I have read with regards to times of eating said you should have breakfast around 10am and dinner at about 6pm to optimise weight loss. However, I have found little research that suggest that time you eat affects weigh loss. Therefore I think more focus need to be about what you eat and not when you eat it.
Escapism is key every day in order to stay relaxed and reduce stress. They say a minimum of 10 minutes a day is key. Escapism is where you take yourself out of reality, too much brain stimulation from work, social media and social life can increase stress levels. You need to find how to escape!! this maybe reading a book, playing sport even playing a computer game, find what things work for you and try doing them for at least 10 minutes a day