Timing is everything when it comes to healthy digestion, restful sleep, and good fitness. The good news is, there’s not a lot of guesswork: there is an optimal schedule for health. In the coming chapters, you will learn strategies to tap into the wellness potential of your own body type.
However, if you only do three things, they should be:
Get to sleep at a set time every night, ideally by 10:30 p.m.
When you do this, you start to feel the effects of greater focus during the day, often within the first few days. You have a better handle on daily stress. You will also start to lose weight.
Eat your largest meal of the day at noon.
People who eat a hearty lunch have a much easier time maintaining their weight, and many of the digestive issues they have including acid reflux, upset stomach and constipation go away when they eat at the right time. Most people are used to enjoying their largest meal at night, but this wreaks havoc with the digestive tract. The evening meal should be about half of what you are used to eating. Don’t worry about being too hungry. The larger noon meal will fuel you through the afternoon and make those late afternoon snacks and cups of coffee unnecessary.
Exercise first thing in the morning.
Most people don’t have to do as much exercise as they think. Spending an hour on the treadmill late in the day isn’t going to do as much for you as 20-30 minutes of activity as soon as you wake up. Early morning exercise affects your sleep cycle, your weight and your blood pressure. It discharges stress also. You can get even more out of your morning exercise if you do at least some of it outside, where your brain can bathe in natural light and strengthen your body’s natural rhythms.
Do these three things for seven consecutive days and your health will be transformed.
If You Do Nothing Else
Excerpted from Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life Copyright 2017 . Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar