Sitting at a desk for hours, typing away furiously—sound familiar? Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been doing this a long time, as bloggers and content creators, we’re all too familiar with the sedentary nature of our work. It’s a love-hate relationship blogging at our trusty desks, but let’s face it: it’s not doing wonders for our health.
Weight gain, snack cravings, and muscle aches, oh my! But, fellow wordsmiths, I have enlisted the expertise of Jennifer Duchscherer, Arbonne Independent Consultant, and friend, to share some health and wellness tips that could make 2024 your healthiest year yet.
How to Balance Blogging and Health: Tips from a Health & Wellness Expert
Did you know physical inactivity ranks high among the leading risk factors for noncommunicable disease mortality? Those who don’t move enough face a 20% to 30% increased risk of premature death compared to their active counterparts.
But, I promise, there’s hope in motion! A recent study suggests that exercise boosts creativity and leads to more innovative thinking. So, as we embark on this journey to a healthier 2024, let’s dive into Jennifer’s expert tips, starting with a surprising twist on the best pre-workout—salt and water.
A little movement can go a long way in shaping our bodies and brilliant ideas.
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1. The Best Pre-Workout – Salt and Water
Jennifer’s first nugget of wisdom? The best pre-workout is a simple yet effective combination of salt and water. While hydration is key, Jennifer emphasizes the importance of including salt and minerals, recommending Celtic or Himalayan salt for optimal results.
Here is your recipe for success:
- For Mild Climates (under 80 degrees): Sprinkle in ½ teaspoon of salt before your workout.
- In Warm Climates (80-89 degrees): Enhance your hydration with ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt prior to exercise.
- In Sweltering Climates (90 degrees or higher): Beat the heat with 1-2 teaspoons of salt before diving into your workout.
2. The Best Workout Plan – Consistency
Jennifer advises that you move your body consistently at least five days a week, and keep it fun and interesting. The key to a successful workout plan is not just the exercise but maintaining a routine you genuinely enjoy. If you aren’t equipped to workout at home, look for a gym near you that can help you meet your goals. Leaving the house for a few hours daily to work out is good for the body, soul, and keyboard.
3. The Best Fat Burner – Drop Junk Food
Say goodbye to processed and fast food! Jennifer advocates for cooking more at home, opting for wholesome, nutritious meals. It’s not just about shedding pounds but nourishing your body from the inside out.
4. The Best Antidepressant – Exercise
Did you know that exercise can be a powerful antidepressant? Jennifer highlights clinical studies showing its effectiveness, sometimes surpassing medications. So, lace up those sneakers and get moving—it’s a mood booster and a waistline whittler in one!
5. The Best Protein Supplement – Steak
For all you carnivores out there, Jennifer recommends steak or seafood as the best protein supplements. Ensure the meat is grass-fed/grass-finished for maximum nutritional benefits. It is a tasty way to fuel your body and support muscle growth.
6. The Best Multivitamin For Blogging – Real Food
Jennifer’s stance on multivitamins? Get them from real food! If your diet lacks variety, she suggests a multivitamin and greens supplement. It’s a delicious insurance policy for those days when your plate might be missing some essential nutrients. Need a recommendation for some healthy supplements to help you boost your blogging game? Feel free to reach out to Jennifer directly through her website.
7. The Best Life Hack – Lifting Weights
Looking for the ultimate life hack? Jennifer swears by lifting weights. And, if you’re looking for the ultimate life hack that does more than just sculpt muscles, consider this: an analysis of 16 studies uncovered a hidden gem. Regular strength training isn’t just about getting ripped; it’s associated with a 10% to 17% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lung cancer, and overall mortality.
So, when you’re taking a break from blogging and hoisting those weights, you’re not just building biceps; you’re building a shield against life’s health challenges. It’s time to embrace the power of lifting weights—a life hack that goes beyond the gym and into a healthier, heartier future.
8. The Best Recovery – Sleep (and Some Time Off)
Last but certainly not least, the best recovery hack is simple: sleep. Experts tout the golden range of seven to nine hours a night for adults, and for good reason. Adults who fall short of seven hours might unknowingly be inviting a host of health issues.
Beyond the physical toll, inadequate sleep can impair cognition and memory. Sleep deprivation impairs rational thought and good judgment and even steals precious memories. Your brain does its best work when you are sleeping. So, as you embark on the journey to better sleep, remember a well-rested writer isn’t just happier but armed with a sharper mind and a richer tapestry of memories. And, if sleep quality is an issue, Jennifer advises focusing on gut health and adding magnesium to your diet. After all, a well-rested writer is a happy and productive one.
PS… As a blogger and small business owner, I have to add here that it can be easy to get caught up in article after article or assignment after assignment. But, besides sleep, your body and brain need a break occasionally. So, be sure to take some time off periodically. It’s great for rejuvenation and might even help you sleep better.
Bloggers: Here’s to a Healthier Us in 2024!
It’s easy to lose ourselves behind that laptop and forget the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Thanks to Jennifer’s insights, we now have a roadmap to a healthier 2024—one where our creative juices can flourish and our bodies can thrive.
So, fellow bloggers, let’s lift those weights (and if you are like me, hop on that Peloton first), savor that steak, and embrace the joy of a well-balanced life. Here’s to a year of wellness, productivity, and a little less time stuck to our beloved desks!