In January, everyone’s talking about their resolutions. Exercising more, being strict with diets and alcohol consumption are the popular choices when we look to live a bit healthier, but often it’s hard to stick to big commitments.
Smaller, simpler changes are easier to add into your daily or weekly routines and can all add up to resulting in you feeling healthier and more energetic. While you can still have bigger, bolder goals, a couple of little tweaks to your usual pattern will contribute towards them without taking much effort or time at all.
Here’s 8 easy things you can do to lead a healthier life.
Stretch for 5-10 minutes a day
Whether you’re working out regularly or not, stretching can help improve your physical wellbeing. Having a stretch after running, lifting weights or any other exercise is the best way to reduce any discomfort caused by aches, strains or tightness the next day, but it’s also beneficial when you haven’t exercised. Taking 5-10 minutes to stretch before bed has been found to help you achieve a deeper sleep that will have you feeling rested and ready for the next day.
Do your food shop on a full stomach
It’s common to be enchanted by supermarket aisles full of tasty yet unhealthy treats, particularly if you do your shopping when you’re hungry. If you try to go to the supermarket after you’ve eaten it’s easier to make sensible decisions on what you buy. Not only will this save you a bit of money, it’ll ensure that you’re not overdoing it on snacks that have less nutritional benefit when you’re trying to eat healthy.
Drink water in the mornings
For many of us, a cup of tea or coffee is the first port of call in the morning. Don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you to stop enjoying a hot drink, although too much caffeine can lead to dry eyes.
Instead of heading straight for the kettle or coffee machine when you get up, have a glass of water. This will get your metabolism going, and the more glasses of water you can drink before that first coffee, the better the effect will be. Then, when you have your hot drink, you’ll benefit even more from the energy boost it gives you!
Take cold showers
Harder than it sounds, we know. A cold shower when you’re not expecting it can be pretty unpleasant. However, as a part of your daily routine (or a few times a week), you’ll quickly get used to it. A quick spell in a cold shower can be invigorating, clearing out any cobwebs in your brain so you’re ready to go for the day. It also stops you from using as much water by wasting time in the shower and will help your body adjust to cold weather, so you don’t notice the chill as much. For that alone, it could be worth it!
Follow the 20-20-20 rule
As many jobs and study involve multiple hours spent focusing on a computer screen, many office workers and students are experiencing tired and uncomfortable eyes. To prevent this, it’s recommended that every 20 minutes you take 20 seconds to focus on something 20 feet away, helping your eyes to readjust and rest. If you’re making this a part of your daily routine and are still experiencing dry eyes, we suggest using everclear eyedrops to rehydrate your eyes.
Eat from smaller plates
Big plates can make even the most massive of meals appear a bit small and unsatisfactory, so using a smaller one can help you gain a better perspective.
If you’ve cooked more food than fits on the plate, wait five minutes after you’ve finished your first helping before you decide to get seconds. This way, you can know for sure whether you really need more food or if it’s better to save the rest for lunch the next day.
Stand on one leg while brushing your teeth
It might look a bit strange and take a bit of explaining to whoever you live with, but standing on one leg while you brush your teeth can help to improve your balance. Our balance starts to deteriorate as we get older, so it’s a good idea to try and improve it whenever possible. Alternate between legs to make sure you’re giving both sides the chance to develop and, if you wear monthly lenses, you could even try cleaning them while you’re practicing.
Go to bed 5 minutes earlier
So many of us don’t get enough sleep, as the recommended daily time of 7-9 hours can be hard to achieve with busy working and personal lives. If you’re struggling to get to bed on time, try heading to bed 5 minutes earlier each night, or every few nights. This easier-to-attain goal will help you get more sleep as you do it more, leaving you feeling more refreshed, energetic and happy throughout the day.
Don’t worry about incorporating everything at once. Just try a couple that seem easy to you and wait until they become second nature before you add in the next one. Hopefully you’ll notice some improvements, whether you’re feeling more rested, have more energy or even less cold, without having to make much effort at all!