Many people on this earth spend loads of time, money, investing in other people, or physical possessions, and therefore neglect the person they should be investing in most, themselves! Investing in yourself is more important than almost anything else because you are the only person you will have to spend the rest of your life.
If you are unsure how to start investing in yourself, it is pretty easy, but here are some ways to begin the process.
Investing in yourself means investing in your health, which starts by engaging in regular exercise. Recent studies have found that sitting behind a desk all day is just as bad for you as smoking, so make sure you make an effort to get at least 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week.
A cardio-based exercise that brings your heart rate up (and keeps it there) is best, but make sure you do not overdo the routine for your level of physicality. Biking, swimming, jogging, running, gardening, and even housework are all forms of exercise.
According to Harvard Health, stretching is crucial for keeping muscles strong, limber, and healthy. Therefore, besides just exercising regularly, you need to stretch as well periodically. It helps keep your joints and muscles flexible and helps lower your chances of an exercise or work-related injury.
Some form of yoga is recommended, but even just a few simple stretches at home can go a long way when you wake up in the morning. The experts recommend that you stretch at least once a day for best results.
- Cook Healthy At Home
Part of investing in yourself also means you need to take the time, and effort, to cook meals at home. Not only is this generally healthier than eating out at a restaurant, but you can control portion sizes and investigate all the ingredients which go into your food.
Some people find it easier to eat healthier when they rid the house of junk food, so they are not tempted and fill the fridge with healthy items instead. Make sure your diet is loaded with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and proteins, and skip out on the added salts, fats, and sugars whenever you can.
Challenge yourself to cook something new, look up the recipe for something you have always loved at a restaurant, and try making your version at home. It will help keep cooking and sticking to your diet, more fun than just eating salads.
- Pack Healthy Snacks
How many times do you visit the snack vending machine while you are at work? Did you know these items are loaded with trans fats and other ingredients which directly affect your health? Start planning and pack a healthy snack for yourself from home, such as carrot sticks, almonds, or a healthy fruit and nut bar.
You will likely feel more alert, and your wallet will thank you too. If you have a desk at work, consider getting a few dedicated snacks to leave there too, such as a container of raw almonds, that way, you will always have a snack even on the rare occasion you forget to pack one.
- Skip The Take-out
Whether or not you pack the healthy snacks, you do need to start skipping the take-out. Take-out food, or fast food, is some of the worst food you can put into your body. Even if you select a healthy item from the menu, it is packed with unnecessary calories and sugars that probably do not fit your diet.
If you are the kind of person who is too tired in the evening to cook after a long day, then consider meal prepping healthy meals for the entire week on your day off. Portion them out, and package them individually to have a leisurely meal waiting for you when you get home.
- Drink Water
According to WebMD, drinking water is one of the most critical things you can do for your health. Every system in your body relies on water to function, and when you deprive these organs of the water they need, you could be heading down a long road of health problems.
Not only that, but dehydration drastically affects your mood and ability to concentrate. Experts recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water each day. And skip those sugary or diet beverages as those only end up dehydrating you more.
Tomorrow, I will explore six more ways to begin investing in yourself. Until then, stay safe, and keep the faith.