You aim to eat right and exercise most of the time, but we all stray from our healthy path every once in a while . . . and sometimes that's a good thing. Here are some ways you can cut yourself some slack and actually make yourself healthier at the same time.
Skip a Workout
It's recommended to get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily, but rest days are important too, especially if you had an intense workout the previous day. Giving your muscles a day off helps them rebuild and can also prevent overuse injuries. A rest day doesn't have to be completely sedentary, a leisurely walk or bike ride, or even a short light cardio workout are all great options. Keeping your blood flowing can actually help promote healing in sore, overworked muscles.
Veg on the Couch
There's nothing wrong with occasionally plopping yourself on the sofa in front of a Seinfeld marathon. It gives your mind and body a way to tune out from the stresses of your day, and laughing is also good for your health. Use your TV time to stretch on the floor or use the sofa to strength train with these moves.
Keep reading to hear other ways you can get healthy by cutting yourself some slack.
Not everyone has time to prepare an amazingly nutritious meal every single night of the week. Go on, pick up the phone and order dinner in. If you choose healthy options like steamed veggies and rice or a salad with grilled chicken, you'll feel good about eating a healthy meal, even though you didn't have to lift a finger. There's also nothing wrong with ordering a sausage pizza or greasy pork lo mein. Feel-good foods make us happy, and if you never allow yourself a chance to indulge, you'll become so obsessed with foods you can't have, which can lead to binging or overindulging at a later time. Enjoy a little taste of the foods you can't resist, then vow to eat right tomorrow.
Pop Open the Wine
If you've had a stressful day at the office, sometimes the only thing that can calm your nerves is to kick back with a bottle of beer or glass of wine. One alcoholic beverage a day is considered healthy, but is even healthier when enjoyed with a friend since social drinking is good for the heart and mental health. Moderate alcohol consumption can reduce your risk of heart disease and may also lower your risk of developing diabetes.
Schedule a Mental Health Day
Planning a day to play hooky is a necessity every once in a while, whether it's to pamper yourself with a pedicure, spend time with your family, or to run some errands you didn't get to over the weekend. After your day off, you'll come back to work refreshed, calm, full of energy, and ready to focus.