It’s a new year and there is not a better time to commit to becoming a new you. That “new you” might look one of several ways, but starting with your overall health is always a good place to start. You can do some simple things to ensure that you feel as fit and healthy as possible, starting today. These are 5 simple changes that you can make to your lifestyle to improve your overall wellness.
- Get Some Sleep
It is no secret that sleep is important. You may have noticed that sleeping helps you to avoid that tired feeling all day, and helps you to concentrate more. Sleep is also a chance for your body to rejuvenate, and plenty of things still go on in your body’s various systems while you sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, it’s not only highly likely that you’ll be tired the next day, but your health can suffer too.
Being tired makes us emotional, stressed, limits our concentration, and can even make us more susceptible to illnesses. Try to get around 7-8 hours per night for the best benefits that sleep has to offer.
It may seem like an unusual suggestion, but do you ever take the chance to just sit and breathe? There are a lot of breathing exercises and even with just one session of concentrating on your breathing will leave you feeling more relaxed. Over time if you do this at least once a day, you’ll find that you feel calmer, less emotional, and just generally better. Meditation is a good time to try out breathing techniques.
- Don’t Be So Convenient
For some reason, people feel that they are too busy to cook a proper meal each day. This results in grabbing a quick meal on the way home from their local fast food place or they get frozen dinners that can be thrown in the oven or microwave when they get home. While these shortcuts may seem to save time, ultimately, both are very unhealthy choices to make.
Ready meals, processed food, and junk food are loaded with sugar, fat, salt and many more calories than our bodies need. Fast food also tends to be heavily processed and as it is often fried, the nutritional goodness for our bodies is practically non-existent. Try to cut back on these unhealthy foods and instead cook from scratch. It is not difficult to prepare a healthy chicken breast with vegetables on the side for example and this is a far healthier option.
- Go For A Walk
Instead of putting off exercise claiming that you don’t have enough money to afford a gym or enough time to actually go to the gym, just take a step out of your front door. You can walk anywhere and this is completely free. Involve the whole family and go for a walk around the block or to the park if there is one nearby. There is absolutely no excuse for not going for a walk and you have plenty to gain from it too. First of all, you’ll be able to enjoy gentle exercise that will still give you a good cardio workout to keep your heart pumping. You will also be able to enjoy some fresh air, which is essential for the brain and muscles.
Make it a nightly ritual that takes place right after dinner.
- Drink More
We’re not suggesting that you go to the bar and get drunk – quite the opposite actually. You should really be drinking around 8 glasses of water per day and if you don’t do that and you suffer from headaches, then we’re willing to bet that you’re dehydrated and need some more liquid in your body. Every time you go into your kitchen, try to remember to have a glass of water. Whether you’re making breakfast, lunch or dinner or if you’re just grabbing a snack, using this as a prompt to drink a glass of water is an effective way to remember to stay hydrated. This will improve your overall health and can even have a positive effect on your appearance by improving the quality of your skin!