Still pondering your New Years Resolutions and need some help? Then read on, to discover our top well-being habits you want to start and keep in 2015.
We all know that the start of the New Year brings with it much excitement and ambition to plan and start new goals, but here are six well-being habits that we think you should seriously consider if you want to improve your health and fitness in 2015.
Drink water when you wake up, and then keep drinking.
Water supports your body to detoxify; it also helps kick start your metabolism when taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
When you stay hydrated fully, it also helps you regulate your hunger, as you won’t confuse your thirst with hunger, your skin will continue glow and your concentration will remain sharp.
Set goals and keep evaluating them.
If you set a goal, but fail to plan on how you are going to achieve a goal or worse still, fail to think about it again then how are you actually going to achieve it?
Set time aside weekly to assess where you’re at, and plan to keep working towards that goal, and remember the KISS principal.
Commit to a regular exercise practice.
This can be anything from Pilates, meditation; morning swims or evening walks with friends. By scheduling in regular exercise it means that you are less likely to miss it. We know the positive benefits that exercise has on both our body and mind, so this is really one that you can’t afford to avoid if you are serious about improving your well-being.
Eat less processed food.
The more natural your food is, the more nutrients that you are proving your body. We all know that refined and processed food do nothing for our bodies other than help to drive an inflammation response in our bodies. This response accelerates the ageing process and is the basis for cancers and lifestyle related diseases. So try and find the freshest organic ingredients, and start feeling the difference it makes.
Consider fat your friend
I am only talking about the good fats. Eating good fats such as olive oil and coconut oil, nuts and avocado help to increase your satiety levels making you feel fuller for longer, along with supporting your brain function and metabolism. Increasing fat in your diet also supports you with muscle growth, and fat loss, as you are eating nutrient dense calories instead of empty calories in low-fat options, which are often loaded with carbohydrates and sugars.
Take time to practice meditation
When we live in a world of 24/7 it is easy to burn ourselves out with the need to be constantly on. In order to maintain a sense of calm, we recommend practising meditation. Research suggests 22 minutes is optimum but we think that anything is better than nothing. What’s more research out of Harvard has also found that changes occurred in the brain regions involved in learning and memory, emotion regulation, sense of self, and perspective taking following an eight-week trial.