Sunday, 29 April 2018

Ways To Inject Healthy Habits Into Your Life

If one your resolutions was to be healthier this year, and you feel like you haven't up your game enough, don't be disheartened by the lack of progress. Instead of continuing procrastinating, these are some small steps you could take to kick the ball rolling. I am a true believer that you don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

1. Wake up slightly earlier than your usual time and embrace the me time by doing what you truly enjoy. This could be as simple as reading a book, sipping the first cup of coffee or watch the sunrise from your bedroom window.

2. Make your bed. It will make your room looks neat and organised. I once listened to a speech which says 'If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed". It symbolises the first task completed and the first accomplishment for the day.

3. Instead of reaching out for your phone first thing when you wake up, do a gentle stretch such as the cat stretch or the downward dog yoga pose. If you fancy, you could also spend the first 10 minutes of your day meditating.

4. Drink water. Preferably on an empty stomach. I prefer mine to be slightly warm to fire up the digestion. Water with lemon is also good and refreshing.

5. Eat breakfast. Instead of grabbing a croissant on the way to work, start your day with a bowl of porridge. Or as the weather gets warmer, an overnight chia pudding or overnight oats. They are easy to make, tasty and the best thing is there is hardly anything to do in the morning as all the prep work had been done the night before.

6. Keep hydrated. Drink 1.5 to 2 litre of water every day. Even more so on hot days and especially when you work out. You can also eat your water. Food such as cucumber, celery, and melons are not only tasty and refreshing, they gives a boost of hydration too.

7. Claim your lunch time. Yes, it's easy to simply grab a sandwich and have your lunch at your desk. Instead of doing that, why don't you walk around the block, or if time is on your side, book yourself to a lunchtime fitness class. Your mind will be clearer and you will feel more rejuvenated afterwards.

8. Snack on nuts and fruits. Instead of getting chocolates or crisps from the vending machine.

9. Practice mindfulness. Be in the present. Don't multitask. Put the phone down when the TV is on. Have dinner at the dining table instead of on the sofa while watching TV.

10. Practice gratitude. At the end of the day, reflect on how your day went and what worked for you and what didn't. Think about the things that you're grateful for. If your day didn't go as well as you'd hoped for, don't beat yourself too much. Be kind to yourself. Afterall, tomorrow is a brand new day. So start over.


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