What Private Investigators Do at Home to Stay Healthy

You’ve already read about what private investigators can do to keep healthy at work, but what about a home? Although a private investigator may not have extensive time off the job to take care of their health, there are some quick and effective ways to stay healthy.

1. Get a good night sleep

Many private investigators that have demanding hours and do shift work have trouble with their sleep. They may have difficulty falling asleep, frequently wake up or don’t feel rested when they start their day.

One powerful solution is to use Sleepio to improve your sleep. Sleepio is an effective online sleep improvement program that is scientifically proven to help people overcome poor sleep without using pills.

Keep a regular evening routine, such as by having a hot bath and listening to relaxing music, to signal to your body that it’s time to wind down. Avoid watching television or exercising before bedtime.

Wearable technology, such as wristbands, offers another solution to get a better night sleep. The technology monitors your sleep patterns, in addition to other health statistics (such as blood pressure and heart rate) and makes useful recommendations.

2. Get enough exercise

Getting regular cardio is important for your health from reducing the risk of heart disease and stress-related ailments to helping with weight loss. Opt for quick ways of getting cardio, such as by running in your neighborhood, when time is tight. If you have more time for cardio consider biking, swimming and going to the gym.

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There are many health hazards associated with sitting for long periods of time. This can result in neck strain, sore shoulders and back, muscle degeneration (tight hips, and weak abs and glutes), an inflexible spine and disk damage. It’s important to stretch daily to help treat and prevent these health problems.

Learn what stretches work best for your body from a fitness trainer and physiotherapist. It’s amazing what doing stretches for a short period of time per day can make a difference to your health.

Lifting weights is also helpful in strengthening muscles that have gotten weak overtime. Save time by having a home gym equipped with a variety of weights.

Yoga can help you physically and emotionally and restores balance to your life. You’re able to elevate stiffness, help boost your energy, reduce stress and lose weight. Yin yoga is especially useful at getting deep into muscle tissue to ease muscles and help treat chronic pain. Use Lululemon’s Om Finder app to find a yoga studio near you.

Buy a body roller that comes with a DVD with instructions to quickly relieve stiffness in your body. It feels similar to getting a massage, but without the hefty bill.

3. Maintain a healthy diet

Start your day off with a healthy breakfast. Eat a balanced meal, such as by having whole grain cereal or bread, dairy (such as skim milk and low fat cream cheese) and a healthy protein choice like Greek yogurt, eggs, and nut butters (made with just nuts).

Avoid having a large meal before going to bed. Eat something small instead so you don’t go to bed hungry.

4. Talk to a professional about your health

Let your doctor know about any changes to your diet or exercise routine. Get regular checkups and inform your doctor about any health issues.

Consult a physiotherapist to help with any muscular pain. Not all physiotherapists are the same, so make sure you get one that is recommended by your doctor. Some physiotherapists provide a treatment called IMS (intramuscular stimulation) that is effective at treating chronic pain.

Speak to a fitness expert and dietician about your health. They are able to tailor their advice to your body and unique needs.

5. Connect with others

Private investigators can be isolated for long periods of time. This makes them prone to loneliness and depression. It’s important that they are part of a community or social network to help meet their emotional needs. This can include family, friends, church members, gym buddies and coworkers.

One option is to join Meetup. This website let’s you find groups of people, in your community, that share your interests. They often get together regularly to discuss their shared interest.

These recommendations are integral in helping you be more productive at work, living a more balanced lifestyle, living longer, improving the quality of life, treating illnesses and safeguarding against developing serious health problems.

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