Everyone wants to start off the day relaxed, in a good mood, and just feeling good in their skin.
And there’s no shortage of advice and self-help books to help you get there. They explore a variety of themes, from the best forms of exercise to the best new diets, along with long lists of additional things to try—or avoid. Ultimately, the range of effective strategies to improve health and well-being is as extensive as it is confusing. Read BioAge; How you can lower your Biological Age
The question is, do you really need a bunch of complicated self-help books to figure out the ideal way to live? Aren’t there some simple rules that can help you achieve maximum effects with minimal effort?
I say — yes, there are!
I call them “The Magnificent Three”.
If you follow them, you don’t need to belong to a fancy gym, nor do you need to obsess over calorie counts or worry about putting together an elaborate daily routine to stay healthy and fit.
What I love about the Magnificent Three is that they work almost automatically. You don’t have to give them too much thought, which takes the pressure off and leaves you plenty of room to relax and enjoy your life.
Here they are:
- Movement: A brisk 30-minute walk every day, no matter what the season or the weather. This is the minimum of what you should be doing exercise-wise. Not only does it get you moving, but walking also gives you a sufficient daily dose of sunlight, which helps ensure a good night’s sleep. Besides walking, there are other forms of exercise—especially cardio and strength training—that are definitely worth a try.
2. A 9-hour night’s rest: Let’s take the myth about a 4 to 5-hour night’s sleep being enough off the table. 7 to 8 hours are optimal. I recommend 9 hours – from the time you lie down to the time you get up. Going to bed earlier gives you sufficient time to relax and takes away the pressure to fall asleep quickly.
3. 16-hour interval fast at night: Dinner before 6 p.m., breakfast after 10 a.m. We know by now what a healthy diet consists of: lots of fresh vegetables, lean dairy products, more fish than meat, whole grains, beans, fruit, nuts and good vegetable fats, plus an egg every now and then. But who knows exactly what their individual needs are? Interval fasting helps compensate for our many nutritional sins, cleansing the body and giving it a break from its digestive duties. An added bonus? It also helps us sleep better.
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