Feeling lazy? Here's some hacks to get you out of your slump

Feeling lazy? Here's some hacks to get you out of your slump

by Evigan Xiao 09 Feb 2020

I know people who are more sloth than human. It’s not they lack discipline or anything (I happen to think that it takes some pretty serious commitment to be THAT lazy), but they’re so laid-back and nonchalant that it’s almost funny. Nevertheless, let it not be said that I discriminate against lazy people. Here are five tips for health that even the laziest mammal on two legs can do.

 

1. Use dense workouts

I know, I know, getting a lazy person to go to the gym sounds crazy. The good news, they don’t necessarily need to leave the house for a good workout. Bodyweight exercises can be done in the comfort of one’s own home. The key to making them challenging is to use minimal rest periods, with the aim of getting as much work done in as short a time frame as possible.

 

2. Take fish oil

Fish oil supplements are one of the few nutritional products out there in the market that actually deliver. Improved insulin sensitivity, lowered LDL cholesterol, reduced cardiovascular disease markers and anti-inflammatory properties are some of the many benefits conferred by fish oil. While different manufacturers market products with varying levels of concentration, it’s good enough to buy almost any brand of fish oil. The standard formulation has 1g of fish oil yielding 180mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 120mg of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

 

3. Go LCHF (low-carbohydrate, high/healthy fat)

Lazy people aren’t known for being particularly active physically. As a result, their actual carbohydrate requirement should be on the lower spectrum of things. Adapting their bodies to utilise fat as the main source of fuel will serve as a more reliable way to stay energised. It can also help stave off unwanted weight-gain. Dial down the starches and sugars and bring up food like nuts, avocadoes and butter. Coconut oil is also a great source of easily-metabolised energy.

 

4. Get more sun

If you’re spending the majority of your time indoors, chances are that you’re deficient in vitamin D, particularly D3. D vitamins are responsible for optimising mineral absorption of the intestines. A chronic lack of vitamin D can lead to a host of very troublesome ailments. Since very few foods contain vitamin D, dermal synthesis is by far still the best way to go around getting it. Just taking a slow 15 to 20-minute walk or lazing on a park bench or by the beach is a great, no-sweat way to rack up those Ds!

 

5. Improve sleep

If there’s one thing lazy people could do less with, it’s sleep right? Not necessarily. A lazy person might sleep a lot, but that doesn’t mean that the quality of sleep they’re getting is adequate. Add a lack of physical activity and likely-to-be poor diet and I won’t be surprised if they end up waking at odd points throughout the night due to blood sugar disturbances. Taking sleep nutraceuticals such as ZMA or GABA can help improve the restfulness of sleep. Ensuring that your sleep environment is completely dark and disturbance-free also helps.

 

Bonus tip: Sip on water

Everyone knows that it’s important to stay hydrated. So for those who aren’t that inclined that they’re getting at least 2.8 litres of water a day, just make it a point to take a few mouthfuls of water every half-hour or so. It’s as easy as keeping a big jug or pitcher handy and pouring a glass for yourself. If you’re worried of losing track of time, you can even use your phone as a timer.

 

Just because you’re lazy doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about your health. The first steps are often the hardest, which is why this list has you starting out nice and easy. So if you’re going to “veg out”, keeping some of these tips handy might actually prevent from turning into an actual vegetables, roots and all.

 

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