10 steps to a healthier lifestyle in 2019
Posted on 2 Jan 2019
The new year: a time to unleash your potential, make a fresh start and carve out a healthier, happier lifestyle. Some turn their nose up at the 'new year, new you' mentality, but we say embrace it! Welcome the burst of motivation and push yourself to make this year better than last.
You don’t need to do anything too drastic to make a difference. Small changes to ingrained habits are most effective if you’re seeking a permanent lifestyle change.
1. Set mini milestone goals
When setting goals, the most successful way to complete them is by creating one ‘top goal’ you want to achieve within a realistic timeframe. Then set ‘mini goals’ within that to aid your progress. For instance, you might want to go to the gym three times a week but, first, try getting to a fitness class just once a week.
2. Track your progress and reward yourself
Changing your lifestyle for the better is challenging, and therefore worth rewarding. Assign rewards – such as a meal out or an item of clothing you’ve had your eye on for a while – to your milestones to help track your progress and keep you motivated.
3. Set a bedtime
Research suggests that 7-9 hours of sleep a night is optimal for most people. However, this varies person-to-person but one thing’s for sure: going to bed at the same time every night helps.
A good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy lifestyle as it can improve your mood and boost energy levels. If you grapple with sleep, consider these tips:
- Avoid caffeine after 4pm
- Swap your electronic devices for a book a couple of hours before bedtime
- Try natural sleeping remedies like lavender oil, which has a calming effect
- Have dinner at the same time every evening, no later than 7pm if you can help it
- Take a warm shower or bath before bed to help you relax
4. Prepare your food
When you have a busy lifestyle, it’s often easier to order a takeaway or buy a ready meal, or a meal deal at lunchtime, which can lead to unhealthy foods choices. To avoid this, set aside time each week, ideally at the weekend, to prepare your favourite healthy meals that you can then freeze. Then, the next time you come home looking for a quick fix, you will have a healthy dish ready to go. Explore our blog for some recipe inspiration using our organic soybean pasta.
5. Spice up your diet
Try incorporating cinnamon, turmeric and ginger into your diet. These spices are effective natural remedies shown to strengthen the immune system, which helps to keep germs at bay.
6. Drink more water
There are varying recommendations for how much water you should consume, with the average being 2 litres a day, which we adhere to. If you struggle to drink water on its own, flavour it with lemon or mint.
7. Make time for yourself
Making time for yourself helps to improve mental health and wellbeing.Block out time every day, even if it’s just 20 minutes, to do something that you enjoy. Whether it’s seeing friends, going for a run, reading a book, or having a bath, that helps you to relax, make time.
8. Be more active
‘Exercise more’ is the top of many people’s agenda, especially at the start of a new year. But all we say is: be more active. You don’t need to hit the gym to feel good. Try to walk more, take the stairs instead of the lift, offer to make the tea at work. All these things will make you more active and increase your step count. If you’re a fan of exercise, try a new class – something you wouldn’t normally do. How about bootcamp or boxing?
9. Eat your greens
The nutrients you gain from eating vegetables are crucial for optimum body maintenance and health. Add vegetables to your lunch and dinner plate to help increase your intake. To get started, visit our blog, where you’ll find endless veggie recipe inspiration.
10. Unplug and detox
Stepping back from technology can help to improve your mental health and productivity. Set a time every day where you turn off technology and read a book instead. Switching off will help you be more relaxed and present, which can improve relationships with those around you, too.