…..Aaaaaand in no time at all, we’ve reached the end of 2017 and we’re welcoming the new year in a couple of days! We know you’d be making resolutions for the next year, and may we suggest to work on a healthier lifestyle this coming year? We’ve figured that our physical health is just as important as mental health and caring for the environment and the people around us, so we’d like to throw in some ideas on how we could make the world a better place one step at a time. Fulfilling our yearly goals aren’t always the easiest of tasks, so we hope we’ve successfully put out some tips on how to make your resolutions more achievable!
1. Netflix and Work it.
Can’t wait to get home from work to lay back and watch Game of Thrones? Plan a workout you can do in front of the TV, and spend about 20-30 minutes executing it while you watch. This way, you don’t lose precious TV time!
2. Give Your Gadgets An Early Bedtime.
Yes, that’s right. Put your phones and tablets away 2 hours before you go to bed. Studies have shown that being exposed to the blue-and-white light given off by electronic gadgets at night prevent our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it's night time, taking you longer to fall asleep.
3. View Things Positively
View things positively and you will find you have much fewer things to be upset about. Always give the benefit of the doubt, don’t take everything too seriously, and surely, you’d be happier. On your lowest days, make a list of things you’re grateful for and fortunate to have. Just because life lets us down sometimes, it doesn’t mean we have to go down with it. #loveyourself
4. Get Your Daily Dose Of Hydration
Not many people take this seriously but it is really important to consume a sufficient amount of water on the daily (two litres for women, three litres for men). Our bodies are made up of about 60% of water and so there are great benefits of when you obtain a sufficient amount of hydration each day. You’ll find yourself being more productive as water helps keep your energy levels up and brain functions in check. It also helps to keep your blood sugar levels at bay, boosts your immunity and gives you a glowing complexion. It also flushes out the toxins in your body and gives increases your metabolism rates. So if you’re looking to lose some weight the right way, drink up!
5. Aim To Consume Healthier Meals and Snacks
To practice good nutrition is important in leading a healthy lifestyle. What you eat has a huge impact on both your mental and physical performance, and works as a preventive measure for future chronic ailments. Swap out processed foods for fresh ingredients. If you’re looking on how to save time, do some prep work over the weekend and store in the fridge in storage containers. Also, snack on healthier plant-based treats like popcorn or even dehydrated vegetables. Not only are they seriously delicious, but absolutely nutritious too. Remember - you are what you eat.
6. Get Enough Sleep
It is important that we should get a solid seven to nine hours of sleep (no more or less) as it can have negative impacts on your health. Issues such as obesity, kidney disease, heart disease and stroke and can even result in early death. Also, if you find that you are prone to acne, you may want to try sleeping earlier and having enough sleep. If you’re fighting obesity, sleep maybe your answer as well.
7. Keep Clean and Eco Friendly
Keep the interior and the exteriors of your home squeaky clean as often as you can and store your receptacles overturned or in a way where it is not possible for stagnant water to be collected. You most certainly do not want to be in the mosquito breeding business, as Aedes mosquitos are super harmful. Try not to use disposables, especially plastics, as it means more trash is accumulated. Sort your trash so that recycling can be done easily. An additional tip is to make your own compost with your organic wastes to make fertilizer. Then, you’ll never have to spend another cent on fertilizer again!
8. Be Kind
It’s important to be kind to others and to treat them, as you would like to be treated. What goes around comes around, remember? You don’t need a reason to be a helping hand or to simply be polite. Say hello, smile, say please and thank you to the next person who serves you, and all the others who do. It’s always better to make friends than to make enemies. Remember some of your friends or family you have lost touch with and drop them a call or text and show them some love.
9. Have Your Blood Tested At Least Once Every 6 Months
This is important regardless of your age. It is good to know where our body stands health-wise so that we know how to keep a lookout on what to consumer less of and what to consume more of. It also helps in identifying any underlying health issues so that you can arrest an issue as soon as possible and have the issue dealt with before its too late.
10. Grow Some Greens!
This is a pretty fulfilling hobby once you get started. Firstly, it is a lot of fun watching the plants grow, secondly, they help keep the air clean through its respiratory process, and are scientifically known to help keep the air moist, keeping away illnesses such as colds, dry coughs, sore throats and dry skin. Furthermore, the green color of the plants are known to provide relaxing benefits when we lay our eyes on them.
Looks like you’re all set and ready to accomplish this very resolution! Don't be afraid to throw in other methods into the mix,, oh, and do share them with us. We’d LOVE to hear them!!