When Egyptian actor Amr Samir died of heart failure at the young age of 33 in 2017, the issue of unhealthy lifestyle choices across the UAE population has gained attention.
According to the United Nations World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision, the most significant health concerns in the UAE include high blood pressure, tobacco use, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
A huge factor in these health problems is the unhealthy lifestyle that people have adopted due to busy schedules. No matter how busy you are, your health should be your priority. Here are ways to stay on top of your health despite your busy schedule:
Hire a personal trainer who will hold you accountable.
For busy professionals and entrepreneurs, it’s easy to put physical exercise in the backseat. Many of you have memberships to the best gyms in Dubai but cancel their work out session because ‘something came up.’
Hiring a personal trainer might be just what you need. A personal trainer will keep you motivated to work out at the scheduled time. A trainer will also assess your needs and the best workout regimens to fit your schedule.
Have healthy meals delivered straight to you
Cooking healthy meals often feels like a full-time job. Who’s got time to do groceries every week and cook every morning, right?
Thanks to food delivery companies, it’s now possible to not only have a healthy diet meal plan specifically made for you but also have the meals delivered straight to your home or office. This way, you’ll have a constant supply of healthy meals, snacks, and drinks without you having to get up from your desk.
Get moving every after 20 minutes of sitting
When you’re lost in a project or buried in documents that you need to read, it’s easy to forget about time. Before you know it, four hours of straight sitting have passed. But this can put you at risk of early death.
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine claims that sitting for excessively long periods puts you at risk of early death no matter how much you exercise. That’s why they call sitting the new smoking.
Make sure that you get up to stand or walk around for a bit after every 20 minutes of sitting. This is great for your body as well your mind because it will let your brain rest.
It’s normal to be stressed out by a current project or workmate, but chronic stress has been found to result in depression, heart disease, memory and concentration problems, digestive problems and more complications.
To stay healthy, you need to do activities that help you de-stress regularly. Maybe it’s jogging, reading, walking, painting, gardening or dancing. Regularly engage in de-stressing activities to maintain your physical and mental health.
Modern times make it difficult for the average person to stay healthy, but with new health options available, it’s not impossible. Devote yourself to finding the right diet and exercise regimen that you can easily fit into your schedule.