5 Simple Things to Create Your Happiest, Healthiest Year Yet March 08 2016 by Simone Denny 1 Comment
Our guest blog today is written by Rachael Victoria from Life Bootcamp, sharing some top health tips for the year ahead.
What is your dearest wish for your health and wellness in 2016?
To improve your eating habits? To exercise more often? Maybe just to be happy?
Whatever your healthy lifestyle goals are, you want to find a way to make them a reality that isn’t going to be impossible to achieve. After all, being happy and healthy should be a natural way of living right?
I think it should so to help you get started on the right foot, here are 5 simple things that you can do today to make 2016 your happiest, healthiest year yet.
Set daily intentions to help you achieve your long-term goals
Long-term goals are great but they often require so many steps and so much time to make them a reality that you get off track or disheartened with your progress.
One way to help you work towards your long-term goal without getting lost along the way is to set daily intentions.
An intention can be any small action that will move you towards your goal, such as having a green smoothie for breakfast, going for a walk after work or getting an overdue job out of the way.
These small intentions are easy to achieve, and the best thing about them is that day-by-day they take you closer and closer to your ultimate goal.
Write your intentions in a diary and check them off as you achieve them. You will be amazed to see how much progress you are actually making.
Detox your kitchen and your shopping list
The beginning of the year is a great time to detox your kitchen and your shopping list ().
What do you have in your fridge that isn’t helping you to achieve your health and wellness goals?
Go through your pantry and fridge and throw away all of the products that are sabotaging you.
Once you’ve done your clear out, create a new shopping list filled with veggies, whole grains and beautiful unprocessed foods that will nourish your body and your goals.
The secret formula here is to not let any of the abandoned foods sneak back in! Make a list of banned foods and keep it with your shopping list to help keep you on track.
Drink more water
This sounds like such an obvious and simple tip, but the fact is most people are dehydrated most of the time.
Mild dehydration causes a whole host of unpleasant issues including headaches, lack of skin tone, a dry mouth, constipation and tiredness
Often, you can feel a whole lot better just by keeping your water intake up.
Try to drink 2 to 3 litres of water every day. Keep in mind that hot weather, exercise and drinks such as tea and coffee cause dehydration so you should make up for them by drinking more.
Full rehydration can take up to 6 hours, so instead of having one big glass of water every now and then, sip water regularly throughout the day to keep your hydration levels up.
Commit to 30
Exercise is a funny thing. Sometimes you feel so exhausted that you can’t imagine getting up and doing something active, but when you do, you always feel better.
This year, commit to 30 minutes of exercise every day.
If that sounds a little scary, the good news is that exercise can be broken up into 3 lots of 10 minutes throughout the day, and will still have the same benefits as one 30 minute session.
There are so many different ways to exercise. If the gym isn’t for you, find other ways to fit in your 30 minutes. Join me for a walk to the coffee shop anyone?
Make plans with friends
Connecting with friends is one of the best ways to give yourself a mental health boost. Research by Act Belong Commit states that: the more social interactions an individual has, the greater the contribution to their mental health and the greater their ability to cope with the stressors of life that affect our mental health
Basically, regular socializing isn’t only enjoyable – it’s good for your overall wellbeing.
Set a weekly intention to have at least one activity planned with a friend.
Ideally you want to meet face to face, but if you can’t meet up in person catch up over the phone or on Skype.
Spending time with friends is also a great way to fit in some fun exercise, like a swim at the beach, a walk or a Zumba class (and of course a coffee afterwards!).
Get started today
Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard. You can start by using the five simple tips above.
What are you waiting for? Set the intention to detox your fridge, grab a bottle of water to go, find 30 or to catch up with a friend, and start making 2016 your happiest, healthiest year yet.
Be sure to let me know what you achieve.
To find out more about Rachael and her Life Bootcamp program.