The beginning of the New Year is the best time to begin your journey to being healthy. After all the overindulgence during the festive period and New Year, we tend to feel lethargic and demotivated. It doesn’t help that our clothes feel snugger too!
Adopting a healthier lifestyle for the New Year will only do you good. You’ll lose a few pounds, feel energetic, and have better skin, hair, and nails too.
Staying active is one of the best ways to take on this journey. Exercising isn’t targeted to those overweight or looking to lose weight. Each and every individual should be exercising every single day. Sign up to go to a gym or exercise in your home. 10 to 15 minutes of cardio or working out is a good place to start. You’re getting that heart rate up which will help you in the long run.
Get your steps in
Instead of hopping into your car or hailing a cab every time you need to go somewhere, start walking. You should aim for 6000 to 10000 steps each day. You may think that walking is time-consuming, which it is, but the benefits surpass the time factor. You save money on gas and public transport; you’ll reach your step goal each day, and feel refreshed. Many people love taking a walk to clear their head or think deeply about something.
Get 8 hours of sleep every night
Sleep is an important factor in your health journey. Being sleep deprived causes fatigue, mood swings, pains and aches, as well as increased appetite. Those who aren’t getting enough sleep every night are more likely to indulge in unhealthy snacks. To stay awake and alert they also consume far too much coffee which can get their hearts racing.
Getting 8 hours of sleep a night isn’t that hard to achieve. Many people blame their lack of sleep on school, their stressful job, and staying up late to watch their favorite episodes. There are always ways to work around such hurdles too; it’s all about time management.
Remove processed food from your diet
A great way to look and feel great this year is to say no to processed foods. Processed or packaged foods are known to have excessive amounts of sugar, salt, and unnatural ingredients like stabilizers and coloring, which are detrimental to our health.
Invest in whole grain breads instead of white bread, use agave instead of sugar, brown pasta instead of normal pasta, organic produce, etc. Natural ingredients have all the nutrients we need to nourish our body.
Those of us on diets know what those 4pm cravings feel like. After a successful day of sticking to a diet, many find themselves snacking on crisps and cookies by the evening. That 4pm hunger is real, we know. Keep healthy snack options available in your home and workplace. Nuts, carrots, apple, peanut butter, almond butter, rice cakes, etc. are a great way to snack healthy.
We all know that 8 glasses of water a day is a must. Most of us tend to forget to have water all day long. Remind yourself to finish at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Install an app that reminds you to drink water every few hours to help you achieve your goal.
You may feel like you’re forcing yourself to drink water, since it’s winter and you won’t feel parched, but the benefits are many! Drinking water boosts your immune system, maintains regularity, prevents headaches, helps with hangovers, improves the texture of skin, removes toxins from the body, etc.
Ditch the drinks
Remove soft drinks and alcoholic beverages from your diet completely. They’re packed full of sugar, more than the human body can digest. A glass of soda contains up to 10 teaspoons of sugar. Soft drinks and alcohol are considered empty calories for a reason; they provide no nutrition and contain a high calorie count. Instead of indulging in a cola or beer, you could have an entire indulgent meal.
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