January is the month for New Year’s Resolutions, starting afresh, throwing old habits out and bringing in a healthier new you.
But unfortunately that bottle of wine still chilling in the fridge and those leftover Ferrero Rocher winking at you in the cupboard are enough to make anyone’s willpower wilt.
Just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions, but that’s often because we set our sights too high. We all want to look good and feel great, so here are a few simple and achievable ways to help you have a happier and healthier 2020.
- Catch some ZZZZ
Never overestimate the value of sleep – if you sleep for at least seven hours a night you’ll regenerate your body and stabilise your energy levels. Sleep helps you live longer, lowers stress levels and sharpens your memory, so if you snooze, you really can’t lose.
- Water works
Bin the booze and caffeine and drink two litres of water a day – your skin, hair, brain and blood pressure will thank you for it!
Grab yourself a time marker bottle so you know exactly how much you’re getting throughout the day.
3. Snack attack
Park the Pringles and tide yourself over between meals with healthier snacks. Fill your cupboards with nuts and dried fruit and stick some carrot sticks and hummus in the fridge as they’re perfect to nibble on in between meals.
4. Pick up the pace
Sweating liberates toxins. Just a mile a day can go a long way, so brush the dust off of your trainers and get 2020 off to a running start!
5. Cleanse your body
Do you start a diet on Monday, eat and cheat on Tuesday and then decide it’s best to start again the next Monday? Well, join the club! It’s time to get some structure and focus this year.
The Clean 9 is a fantastic 9 day programme that’s designed to cleanse your body and adjust your mindset. Based on Forever’s best-selling aloe vera gel, it’s the perfect starting point for transforming your diet and fitness habits, in just nine days.
6. Taste the rainbow
Bright coloured fruit and vegetables are high in anti-oxidants that give a boost to your health by removing free radicals that damage your cells. So why not start every day off with a super-smoothie this year?
7. Fibre friends
Cleanse your body in its most natural form. Brown bread, cereal, wholemeal pasta, fresh fruit and veg help move food through the digestive system and give you lots of energy at the same time.
8. Worry less. Laugh more
Laughter is a powerful tool. Studies show that a big belly laugh can have positive effects on your health. So ditch the Debbie Downers in your life and spend time with people that make you smile!
9. Go green
By buying organic food you can minimise your intake of toxic pesticides. It may be a little dearer, but it provides pure nutrients so your liver can cleanse (and make up for that extra Bailey’s you had on Christmas Day!).
10. Enjoy the moment
It’s easier said than done, as there’s always so much going on in this busy world we live in, but forget the past (there’s nothing you can do about it) and live for the moment.
Happy New Year – let’s make it the best one yet!
Emma Gandey firstname.lastname@example.org