We all want to look and feel our best, and for that, the advice is clear: Get plenty of exercise and eat a healthy diet. And while the benefits of exercise are immeasurable and eating healthy foods can add years to your life, there’s much more you can do to change your body for the better … and it might surprise you what habit can truly change your body
Wellness is all inclusive
Your health is about much more that just eating vegetables and going to the gym a few times a week. Sometimes people get so hung up on the numbers on the scale or the way their pants fit that they forget about other factors — staying hydrated, keeping stress levels low, and getting regular checkups with a doctor, for one. Even if you have a short-term goal of weight loss or muscle-toning, you long-term goal should be your overall wellness.
Trying to stay on top of your wellness can be intimidating — especially when there are so many things you can, and should, be doing to look and feel your best. But there is one thing you can make sure to do for yourself every day that will change your health for the better, and will even make noticeable changes to your body. And you’ll probably like it.
That 1 habit? Get your Vitamin Zzz
That’s right — even if you don’t change your diet and exercise habits, you can change your body and mind by getting enough sleep. In fact, the benefits of sleep are so numerous that many health experts claim that sleep is the most important thing you can do for a better body. If this seems like great news, read on — preferably from bed.
Sleep controls your diet …
It’s tough to eat right and move as much as you need to when you’re exhausted. Studies have shown that those who regularly sleep less than seven hours per night are undoing some of the benefits of dieting. Not only can cutting back on sleep cut your fat loss in half, you might end up feeling significantly hungrier and feel less satisfied after meals.
… and diet controls your sleep
Did you know you can actually eat your way to a better night’s sleep? Sipping cherry juice and tea and eating things like walnuts, vegetables, and kiwi can all help you rest well due to their nutrients. So not only will you be resting well, you’ll be eating well, too.
Sleep keeps you young
Sleep may be the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. Your body repairs itself and recovers while you snooze, and that leads to fewer wrinkles, brighter eyes, and an overall glow. They call it “beauty sleep” for a reason.
Rested people exercise more often (and better)
Sleep deprivation impacts your energy levels. No one wants to workout when they haven’t slept well, especially if they already have a long day of work ahead of them. But when you’re rested, you’ll be much more motivated to move, meaning you’ll slim down and tone up faster.
Remember: Quality matters
Just like the quality of the food you eat matters, the quality of sleep matters, too. So try to go to bed around the same time every night, limit your screen time in the evening, and prioritize your rest. Your body will thank you, in part by looking amazing.