It’s that time of year where we’re all trying hard to stick to our new years resolutions, and there can sometimes be moments where we struggle to stay on the wagon. I thought it would be a wonderful idea to look through some health hacks that can make your life much easier! Healthy living doesn’t have to be difficult and it definitely doesn’t need to feel like a chore because if you have everything in place and ready you can make it work with your busy lifestyle.
So where is the best place to start?
1. Make An Amazing Workout Playlist
I can’t stress how important this is! When you’re trying to work out if you’re constantly looking at the time, you don’t actually get a chance to enjoy the music and take time out for you. When you listen to the music it should motivate you to keep going, or to at least sing along which is why you have a playlist in the first place! I’d suggest making it as long as your normal workout, however, I have a 3 hour workout playlist (that I need to update) but it is important to do what works for you!
2. Amend Your Water Bottle
Water intake is critical when you’re trying to get healthy, and what I find helps me to remember is writing on my water bottle when I need to have chugged by. So for example if you just have a regular water bottle, get a marker and for every 200ml try to drink one an hour from 7am, that way you get in your 2 litres a day!
3. Plan A Consistent Workout
Planning can be one of the most difficult things especially when you have an incredibly busy life, however even if it is just a few hours a week! I usually do an early morning workout as I find it is the easiest for me to stick to. A few hours a week, even if it is just for 20 minutes of yoga, that is a good start. Remember that if you’re consistent with your workouts your body will get used to getting up at that time, and your routine. Consistency is key.
4. Walk More
This might sound ridiculously simple however, if you’re getting a bus maybe get off at the stop before, and walking that distance instead, that way you’re moving more, and getting in more steps without adding too much time to your day. Walking is a wonderful form of exercise and if you power walk in small bursts it’s a wonderful way of getting your heart rate up.
5. Add To Your Fruit & Veg Intake
I cannot stress how simple this can be, during the week when you’re having your meals, what you can do is just add some more veggies in, even if it means just chopping up a couple of carrots up and adding in a few more peppers. It can all easily be added in if there are fruits and veggies that you enjoy, and they’re not very costly and you can add ass many as you like!
Top tip – Shop around, right now supermarkets are getting really competitive about the amount they charge for fruit and veg, so you can get some incredible deals!
6. Shop When You’re Not Hungry
This is my top tip for staying healthy, when you’re trying to be healthy the worst thing you can do is go shopping on an empty stomach! When you’re hungry you’re much more likely to buy all of the foods that are unhealthy for you rather than foods that are healthy life vegetables, nuts and fruits.
7. Log Your Intake
When you’re logging what you eat on a regular basis, you’re more likely to stay accountable for what you eat. I know that when I am trying to stay healthy, writing it down in a food log can really help me to understand where I might be going wrong or how I can improve. A healthy lifestyle is all about balance, so don’t feel like you have to completely cut out certain foods because that isn’t how it works.
8. Pace Yourself
When eating it is important to pace yourself, especially when you’re going out. When you’re out for a meal you tend to want to indulge and enjoy yourself, so what one thing that I have learned is to eat slowly. The important thing is to not rush, because food will take time to digest drink some water and enjoy the flavour of your food!
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