2017 is almost here and if I know anything about anything, I can almost guarantee that come January 1, many of us will be looking for ways to be healthier in the New Year. The good news is that adopting healthy habits doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal, but it can actually be refreshingly simple.
1. Make sleep a priority
We all know that sleep is important, but as soon as things start to get busy it can often be the first area of our lives to suffer. Studies have found that sleep deprivation is linked to a number of health issues and has been proven to increase appetite and make it harder for sleep deprived people to maintain a healthy weight. Ideally most adults should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
2. Drink more water
More than anything else our bodies are made up of mostly water, so of course it makes sense that we need plenty of water to be at our physical and mental best. Experts recommend that the average woman drink 2.2 litres of water per day (9 cups), while men require 3 litres of water per day (13 cups). Drinking water first thing is the morning has also been linked with boosting your metabolism, meaning that your body will burn more calories during the day. If you struggle with drinking water, check out these handy tips to help you drink more water every day.
3. Cut down on coffee
Okay, I know this is one thing that nobody, including myself, wants to hear, but coffee really isn’t doing your health a whole lot of good. One cup of coffee will basically leave you wired all day, speed up your heart rate and if you are stressed our anxious, it will only make you feel even more on edge. I’m not saying that you have to ditch coffee entirely, but if you find yourself drinking multiple cups of coffee every day it may be time to think about cutting down.
4. Eat a good breakfast
What your mum told you is true – breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Studies have found that eating a breakfast that is high in protein is the best way to set yourself up for a day of healthy eating as it will keep you fuller for longer and curb those pesky cravings.
5. Get a fitness tracker
It may be easy to head out for a run while the sun is still shining, but come winter your exercise regime may not seem quite so sexy. Investing in a fitness tracker is a fun and easy way to keep track of your exercise and encourage yourself to keep moving, even when you really just feel like watching Netflix in bed.