In a few days, the New Year will be upon us. Why not take the time to make some resolutions for a new and healthier you. We might not always know it, but its the little things that can make a big difference. If you aren't already doing the following things, try to incorporate them into your daily rituals for the new year.
A New You
Having a strict sleep routine: Sleep routines aren't just for children. Bad habits like surviving on five hours of sleep a night or watching TV in bed can be more harmful than you think. They can contribute to higher cholesterol levels, and hence increasing your risk of getting a stroke. In order to have a healthy sleep pattern, try to choose a time that is convenient and make it a point to stick to this every night. You have to make sure you wake up around the same time everyday too. Avoid consuming caffeine and engaging in activities that make your brain work over time.
Keep a track of your fitness journey with a journal: If you are like me and have trouble sticking to a fitness routine; it is helpful to get a journal to help you keep a track of your workout and diet plans. Having a visual resource where everything is in order can help motivate you to be regular with your workouts. Make a note of things like weight loss, meals and fitness plans. To make it interesting, ensure you change your workouts from time to time.
Exercise on the go: If you are have a busy schedule and don't get enough time to go to the gym; you have to get creative and use any excuse you can to fit in some exercise for the day.
Keep a pair of comfortable sneakers under your work table, and try to walk to work instead of taking the car everyday. If your walk to get your lunch; use the stairs instead of the elevators, and look for places a little further away from your usual spot.
Go for a massage: Consider going for a massage and while you do that, make it a regular habit. Even if its once every two-three months. Massages can be very therapeutic and can help with stress; muscle pain; mood swings, and can boost immunity. All that pressing and kneading feels good on the outside, but what it does on the inside is the most impressive. Blood and lymphatic circulation is increased due to the relaxation of soft tissues, and your body also releases unwanted toxins and waste.
Drink a glass of warm lemon water every morning: The benefits of this quick and affordable drink are plenty.You have probably heard this a hundred times, and this is absolutely true. It increases immune strength; aids with digestion; promotes clearer skin and an energised mind. It's easy to do, yet can be a difficult habit. To keep so, make sure you have this drink at the start of your day. Cut your lemon slices during the weekend, and store them in a zip lock bag or plastic container.Come the next week; pop a slice of lemon with a glass of warm water, and you're then ready to tackle the day.