10 tips to feeling and living better.
Living a healthy lifestyle is often labelled as challenging, inconvenient and expensive but it doesn’t have to be that way. Making small adjustments to your routine really can make a difference to your overall health and wellbeing.
Here are some simple things that you can easily build into your day to help you feel better.
1. Morning Kick start
Start the day with a hot water and slice of lemon, it's a great way to kick start the metabolism and cleanse the liver.
2. Get moving
Movement at any time is great for our health, if you find yourself making excuses at the end of the day, wake up earlier and get your exercise in first thing. If you can’t make the gym, try walking to work instead, aim for 10,000 steps per day.
Staying hydrated and drinking at least 2 litres per day is essential for a healthy body. A water bottle makes it easier to track how much water you have been drinking, throughout the day and if you are out and about, it saves on plastic too.
4. Variety Is Key
We need diet and exercise diversity because no one food contains all the nutrients our bodies require, nor does one specific exercise target all parts of the body. Try to alternate your meals each day, if eating out, order something you wouldn’t ordinarily cook at home. With exercise if you run one day, try to stretch with yoga the next.
If you struggle to get in your portions of leafy greens each day, a great way to sneak them into your diet is through smoothies. Add a handful of spinach or kale to your smoothie to give them a nutrient kick. Spinach can be eaten daily, this superfood is supports skin, hair, and bone health.
6. The power nut
Brazil nuts are nutritional powerhouses, they're particularly high in selenium, a mineral with potent antioxidant properties. 1 nut a day is all we need and may reduce inflammation, support brain function, and improve your thyroid function and heart health.
If you have a sweet tooth and trying not to indulge in half a block of chocolate, opt for high coco count dark chocolate. The bitter taste means you don’t want to eat more than 1 or 2 pieces but you still get your sweet fix. Dark chocolate is also a great source of antioxidants.
8. Get outside
The longer we sit at our desk the more our focus starts to deplete. By going for a walk surrounded by nature and sunlight, we increase energy, improve our mood, stimulate our brain and in 20 minutes we get a free dose of vitamin D.
9. All in Moderation
We all love an indulgent night once in a while but avoid punishing your body the next day with junk food, it really doesn’t cure a hangover. Be kind to your body, hydrate with some electrolytes, eat some antioxidants found in berries and oranges. Milk thistle is also great to detox the liver and can help a hangover if taken the day before.
10. Power up
When it comes to sleep our body like routine, if you have to compromise on your 7 to 9 hours, take a power nap during the day. Aim for 20 to 40 minutes, think of it like plugging in your electrical device, we all need an energy boost.
Try and bring a few of these healthy habits into your day. We have a feeling you will feel better for it.