Believe it or not, I love a lazy day on the sofa just as much as the next person. Whether it's curled up in front of the TV binge watching 'The Good Wife' or being nose deep in my book for hours, every now and then, I just love it. Whilst lazy days can be a super health-boosting recharge, providing the rest and recuperation that modern living often lacks. They can also very easily slip into a calorific day of toxins, physical stressors and end-of-day self-loathing! So how do you strike the balance and capitalise on your restful day? Here's how...
WORKOUT FIRST THING
Wake up and snap to it, don't even give yourself a second to consider another option. Bypass the comfy clothes and head straight for the sports bra and shorts. Even a quick 15 minute high intensity interval session does the trick, as your body continues to burn calories well beyond the last burpee!
TIP: If you know a lazy day is on the cards tomorrow, make the decision process even easier on yourself by laying out your workout gear the night before!
HEALTHY SNACKS FOR MINDLESS EATING
One of my favourite parts of a lazy day on the sofa is the endless stream of food. Just make sure that you have healthier options at the ready. A few of my favourites:
- carrots and humus
- apple slices and almond butter
- kale chips
- raw nuts and seeds, or toast them with a little sea salt.
- fruit of all shapes and sizes
- veggie crudités with homemade guacamole
- avocado boats filled with your favourite salad dressing
- homemade popcorn seasoned with health-boosting herbs and spices (my faves = cinnamon and sea salt, or indian spiced popcorn...recipes up soon!)
- steamed and salted edamame
- homemade raw maple and pecan chocolate. Recipe here.
Back to the mindless eating scenario; portion control is a biggie. Putting a handful of nuts / vegetable crisps / chocolate pieces into a small bowl will prevent:
'oh my god, i've just eaten the entire bag!'
And remember, if the snacks are healthier, you can indulge a little more!
SET A BED TIME
We've all been there; you're so engrossed in that Netflix series that before you know it, you're watching your 8th episode of the day and it's 1am! Don't do this! Capitalise on your restful day by prioritising an early night.
HEALTH TIP: Switch off all screens at least 2 hours before bed so that the nasty blue light stops limiting melatonin (sleepy hormone) production and allows you to drift in a deep natural sleep cycle!
Whilst mindless TV is enticing on a lazy day, challenge yourself first to read at least one chapter of a book or one article to invigorate the mind. I often forget just how much I love to read, so that 'one chapter' often becomes hours of literary enjoyment and education! And if that's too much, maybe opt for a documentary you want to see?
POSTURE PLEASE PEOPLE
Posture is so important, even when relaxing. I'd rather you spent the day lying on the sofa (spines more neutral) than sat slouching on it for hours. Get up every now and then to get that body moving, and try and alternate which side you're resting on for symmetry.
Herbal teas, infused waters, veggie juices and fruit smoothies. Make sure you're getting plenty of healthy fluids into the body.
EMBRACE THE CHILL
Check in with yourself to make sure you're actually relaxing. Are you clenching you shoulders? Mind else where? Be present in the chill - make the time out count!
Having a gentle stretch whilst plonked in front of a film totally counts as multi-tasking. It's both healthy and efficient and your body will thank you for it, as will your mood post-stretch.
I'll leave you with this quote from Pretty Woman that sums up my kinda chillaxing...
"Vivian: Let's watch old movies all night... we'll just veg out in front of the TV.Edward Lewis: Veg out?Vivian: Yeah. Be still like vegetables. Lay like broccoli."