5 Ways to get Healthy this New Year!

It’s that time of the year again when we all promise to change and make better choices. For most of us, those hundreds of promises will remain that… promises. 

I find that it always makes things easier when the changes that you make are more general lifestyle changes as opposed to just quitting one specific thing. This also helps to cover more areas in your life and leads to a more healthy you. 

I know this sounds hard but it really isn’t. Small changes go a very long way! 

So what areas should you focus your energy on? 

Sleep. 

I think that in 2017 sleep will be the new big trend. I know it sounds a bit of a shock, but most people have problems that are sleep related, even if they don’t know it. 

Sleep is such an important part of our lives, but it rarely gets given any priority. If you would like to read more about how sleep works please go here. 

The best thing you can do when it comes to sleep is to create a healthy sleep routine. It’s as easy as creating a before bed ritual. Make sure you take away all overly stimulating habits from your nightly routine, even reading can be preventing you from getting the sleep you need. 
 

Hydration

This may sound like a cliche. But making sure you drink enough water is very very important. When I am feeling unwell the first thing I ask myself is: Have I drunk enough water today? and believe it or not, most of the time drinking water solves my problems. 

Don’t make the common mistake of thinking that you do not need to drink water during winter. Winter is a very dry season so it’s really easy to get dehydrated without even realising. 

Staying hydrated doesn’t have to be a challenge, just make sure you always have some water with you when you are on the go. 

Exercise

When you have never had exercise as part of your daily routine it may sound crazy when people say they actually need to exercise in order to feel good. But it’s definitely true! 

Once you get used to it, excursus starts making you feel very energised and not tiered. 

When it comes to exercise there’s not one fits all sort of approach. For me, it’s shorter high-intensity training. But there is really no end to what you can do and there is something to fit every lifestyle. 

Meditation

Day to day life can be very stressful and rarely do we take the time to sit down and sort through our day. As a consequence things start to pile up and the stress builds up. 

Meditating is a personal thing and it can mean different things to each of us. To me it’s about clearing my head and sort through the things that are bothering me, it’s a time to relax. 

You may like to meditate on your own or prefer assisted meditation there is no right or wrong. There are great apps out there that you can use. 

If you would like to know what my top meditation tips are you can read all about it here. 


Diet

If you follow this blog you know that to me health is all about what we eat. In order to have a healthy outside, you need to have a healthy inside. 

My top tips for this are:

  1. Change fast burning carbs for slow release carbs such as sweet potato. 
  2. Eat seasonally 
  3. Eat healthy proteins
  4. Cut sugar out sugar as much as you can out of your life. 
  5. Cook your own meals. even if it is something simple it is always better than anything processed. 

And remember however little the change it will make a huge difference to the way you feel.