Five healthy habits to adopt in 2019
Because self-care isn't selfish...
Every January the world is filled with a renewed energy for all things health and wellbeing — generally as a result of too much overindulging during the holidays. And yet, come February, many have already tired of their new fitness or food regimes and quickly slip back into old habits. However there's five key (and seriously easy) things you can do to make 2019 one of your happiest and healthiest years yet:
1. Drink three litres of water a day
You've heard about the benefits of water on end so you know that getting the right intake is crucial to your overall health and wellbeing. If you can't stomach the idea of drinking three litres a day, view it in smaller goals — for example, it's one cup an hour throughout your working day with two at lunch and dinner. Totally doable.
2. Exercise for 30 minutes a day
Moving for just 30 minutes a day can have a major impact on your health. Not only will affect your weight, it will also help lower your stress levels, blood pressure and chance of chronic illnesses. Start small with a 30-minute walk to get yourself into the habit and build up to more strenuous exericse, like a HIIT or spin class for example. Go all out too fast and you may find that you end up doing nothing.
3. Eat enough fruits and vegetables
There's a reason our mums hammered this point home so regularly when we were children — fruits and vegetables are really good for you. Packed with minerals, vitamins and disease-fighting anti-oxidants, fresh produce is an all-important inclusion in any meal. Wondering how you get enough in across the day? Try a banana smoothie for breakfast, a chicken and salad wrap for lunch and baked vegatables for dinner.
4. Get enough sleep
We know, we know it's easier said than done but getting enough shut eye each night is seriously crucial to your wellbeing. Experts say you should aim for between seven and nine hours a night. Do this, and you'll not only feel more alert throughout the day, you'll also be less likely to hit the snooze button for the gym or choose unhealthy snacks. Win, win, win.
5. Take time for yourself
We said it above and we'll say it again: self-care isn't selfish. It's vital to carve out time in your routine to look after your mental wellbeing, too. Whether it's taking an hour to read a book, or just 15 minutes for some meditative breathing, you'll feel infinitely more relaxed and have a clearer head to approach your next task.