1.) Drink more water: This is something that I used to be sooooo bad at but the last few weeks I’ve really been drinking so much more, I always take this 1 litre Evian bottle with me to the gym, work or wherever I’m off to so it reminds me to drink at least 2 litres everyday. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin and a couple of people have said it looks ‘glowing’ which I know is a result of drinking more water as I haven’t changed my skincare routine. I’ve cut out fizzy drinks and am only drinking water or green tea throughout the day and I already feel tonnes better for it.
2.) Walk everywhere: Even if you’re just popping to your local shop or getting the the train to work, make a conscious effort to walk as many places as you can. Everyone leads such busy lifestyles these days that it’s easier to just jump in your car and drive, set your alarm ten minutes earlier and walk where you can.
3.) Healthy snacks: Everyone gets that 3/4pm afternoon slump at work where you need a little something to perk you up (at least I hope it’s not just me, ha!) – I always used to crave chocolate or something sweet to give me a sugar rush but I’ve now realised not only is it making me gain weight, but also lack energy and it’s terrible for my skin. I’ve swapped any sweet cravings for healthy snacks such as Nakd bars (I love the cashew cookie one!), a banana or some nuts, I feel like I have so much more energy and it’s helping me lead a healthier lifestyle too. Once you start to cut out sugar it’s so much easier than you think – just find alternatives that you enjoy!
4.) Be active: Around six weeks ago I joined Virgin Active and have been loving it so far, I’ve really come around to the idea of leading a healthier lifestyle rather than crash dieting 3 weeks before summer! I had some induction personal training sessions to help me keep on track, and I’ve started doing Body Attack and Yoga which I love. Even if you’re not a gym bunny why not take up a weekend Yoga class which is great for core strength and balance or go for a run in your local park. I’ve also been watching The Body Coach on YouTube as he offers some amazing HIT (high intensity training) sessions which you can do from home and are great for burning fat!
5.) Down time: Being healthy isn’t just about your physical wellbeing but your mental wellbeing too, make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night (the recommended amount is 8 hours), and ensure you try to stay as stress-free as possible. I like to have some down time to relax, I recently did a post on 5 things that make me happy including painting my nails, reading or taking a long bath to name a few. It’s important to set yourself this time, even if it’s once a week so you don’t burn out!
How do you plan to stay healthier? Any tips or recommendations please send them my way!