All-nighters aren’t healthy for anyone — they lead to memory issues, weight gain, and even stroke and other health issues in the long term. Heck I’ve had my fair share of all-nighters when I was at Uni and constantly downing red bulls and ordering pizzas to the library did took its toll on me. If you find yourself at the tail end of an all-nighter (whether for work, school, or social), here’s what to do the day after to ensure you stay on the right track.
Jessie Pavelka is internationally recognised as a fitness and wellbeing expert who is dedicated to helping others to stay in control of their weight through an active lifestyle and by developing practical solutions to exercise and nutrition. In his TV shows Obese: A Year to Save My Life and FAT: The Fight of my Life, starting this June, Jessie helps people change their lives for the better – not only by helping them lose weight, but by teaching them how to get motivated and strong once and for all. Here’s what he had to say about getting healthy – and staying there.
“It’s important that your work out is manageable for you – something not outside your fitness range. Don’t jump in at the deep end if you haven’t done much before – take it slow,” says Jessie.
Change it up often
“Variety is key – a lot of us get stuck in our comfortable routines, but we need something that challenges the core, has some resistance training and some cardio, too. Fitness doesn’t have to be a chore. There are so many different things you can do – get out there and try them! Step outside your comfort zone. For me, its yoga – I’d never tried yoga, but it’s probably the thing I needed most.”
Make it a part of your daily life
“Fitness isn’t just about exercise – it’s a lifestyle. Get your body moving, get to know your body, and get to know the different pieces of equipment if you’re going to the gym. You need to understand what you’re doing. If you can afford it, getting a trainer is a good idea, but Google is always there too! Once you see what keeping fit does for you, you begin to love it. ‘If I do this, I feel good and look better’ – it’s a no-brainer! We’re meant to move, we’re meant to connect with our bodies. We get lazy in our heads and it makes us lazy in our bodies.”
Don’t forget about your diet
“Getting protein into your diet is very important. Protein is the building block of our bodies – it’s in our skin, nails and hair. When we exercise, protein builds our muscles back up.”
Recruit a friend
“It’s a good idea to have a friend along with you – accountability is key. A lot of clients who have food addiction issues isolate themselves and go right back to food – they don’t hold themselves accountable, so it’s good to have that person as a safety net.”
Make a motivation mood board
“Surround yourself with motivation. As time goes on, a lot of people forget their reasons for starting, so look back at where you started and see how far you’ve come. Motivation is something you need to pursue day-to-day, and it’s personal to you. It could come from a picture, a playlist, your goals… put events in your calendar and work towards them. You’ve got to pursue motivation (and if it’s not there, you’ve got to do it anyway!)”
(Source: Cosmo UK)
Avocado Miso Toast with Poached Egg and Furikake
2 teaspoons miso
2 pieces of gluten-free or whole grain toast
2 poached eggs
Furikake, any kind
Smash avocado and miso together in a bowl. Spread on toast. Top with poached egg and sprinkle with furikake.
(Source: Jeanette’s Healthy Living)
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