Updated: Jan 27
We are all starting to feel the slump of being in this virus for over 6 months now so to keep us going here are 5 easy ways to stay healthy or to start on your health kick now.
1. Eat a healthy balanced diet
Eating healthy doesn't mean restricting everything in sight and turning to a boring limp salad. Think about your choices, and make the correct choices for you and your body. Stay away from the sugary drinks with a lot of empty calories. Eat good, nutritious foods. Try to avoid processed foods and go for the natural option. Try including nuts into your diet. These are packed full of nutrients, fats and keep you feeling fuller for longer. Try to aim for a meal or snack every 3-4 hours. Although this depends on your individual needs god your body.
2. Drink more water.
Drink 3 litres of water per day (10 gulp rule) A lot of people do not drink enough water during their day. Water is amazing as it has so many benefits. The human body is made up of nearly 60% water. So we need to replenish our resources throughout our day. Some of the health benefits of drinking water:
💦 It lubricates the joints
💧 It prevents kidney stones
💦 It boosts skin health and beauty
💧 The digestive system depends on it
💦 It flushes body waste
💧 It helps with weight loss
💦 It cushions the brain, spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
Drink at least half your body weight in ounces each day. So if you weigh 132lbs (60kgs) or (9.4 stones) aim to drink a minimum of 66 ounces. For every 15 minutes of exercise you do, add an additional 8 ounces to that number. So 66 ounces for me as I'm 60kgs will be just under 2 litres so you can work it out for your specific weight now. There's no excuses. I always try to drink 3 litres of water per day. Yes I'm always peeing but that's a good thing.
Before you reach for that biscuit, or granola bar or packet of crisps, guzzle 10 gulps of water. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and see how you feel. So if you do one thing today, please can it be the 10 gulp rule.
3. Take some time out to relax and recoup
Sometimes life gets in the way of you feeling calm and bringing yourself back to normal. Just take 5 minutes out of your busy schedule to do a few breathing exercises (some are available over on the blog www.easyoga.co.uk) just to bring your mind and body back to normal.
4. Get moving and exercise
This 5 minute Yoga routine will help you to feel energised and send you back out into the world for a great start to the new year. Click the link to wake you up and boost your mood.
5. Get enough sleep
A good night's sleep is just as important as exercise and a healthy diet. If you are not getting enough sleep, this will affect your day to day mind, actions, diet and brain function. It can also increase weight gain and decrease your exercise. I've put together a few ideas of how to get a better night's sleep.
🌟 Get fresh air during the day.
🌟 Reduce your blue light capacity in the evenings.
🌟 A nice calming bedroom
🌟 Use a lavender eye mask or have lavender under your pillow.
🌟 Meditation or Relaxation (Meditation and breathing techniques available in this the blog)