A lot of people have been requesting top tips for being healthy, so I asked everyone I knew to send in their advice and have collated it into a post creating 31 health hacks. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed. Here they are:
#1. Laugh every day. Laughter is great for your wellbeing.
#2. Get enough sleep. You need at least 7 hours to feel totally refreshed.
#3. Always remove your make-up before bed.
#4. Drink warm water with lemon first thing in the morning.
#5. Exercise outdoors as much as possible to reconnect with nature.
#6. Always wear sunscreen.
#7. Embrace every opportunity that comes your way.
#8. Learn something new every day.
#9. Learn to listen to your body and eat what your body asks for .
#10. Smile as much as you can, even if you are feeling grumpy.
#11. Take healthy snacks to work, so you are not tempted by food that is not good for you.
#12. Prepare a healthy lunch to take to work, whilst you are making your breakfast. You are already in the kitchen preparing food, so it doesn’t take much longer.
#13. Control your food environment at home. If there are no chocolates or crisps around, you cannot be tempted to eat them.
#14. A controlled diet is FAR more important than tons of exercise. Experts vary but somewhere around 80% of weight loss is due to diet, NOT exercise. Make sure you focus on your diet.
#15. Change into your gym clothes as soon as you get home from work, to encourage you to go to the gym.
#16. Pack your gym bag the night before if you want to do an early morning workout.
#17. Use MyFitnessPal
app as a food diary and to track calories.
#18. Work out at least one part of your body every day. If your legs hurt, do some weights for the arms, and vice versa. If you’re overall too sore from a previous workout, spend time doing yoga or stretching.
#19. Use a fitness watch such as FitBit Surge
. It tracks heart rate, calories and you can log various kinds of workouts. It’s so motivating as every time you look at it I will help you think “Man, I need to log a workout!”
#20. Load up your meals with vegetables. By the time you’ve finished eating a HUGE meal full of veggies and a bit of protein, you will be super full and just as satisfied as if you ate a whole bowl of pasta.
#21. Cut out sugar. No more sugar in your coffee or tea, or on oatmeal, or in smoothies, etc. If you have a sweet craving, treat yourself to fruit, or occasionally indulge in some dark chocolate.
#22. Walk to pick up your lunch, rather than sitting at your desk. Walk and stretch your legs for 30 mins. It is a good de-stress and should help refresh you ready to start the afternoon.
#23. Use Headspace
app as soon as you wake up in the morning to ground you for the day ahead.
#24. Commit to meeting a friend to exercise, then you’ll be less likely skip it, as you will be letting them down.
#25. Find the right time for your to exercise. Try early morning, lunch time, late afternoon and early evening and see which one works best for you.
#26. Commit to exercising on specific days and don’t even think not going on that day. Make it a routine.
#27. Use a spiralizer to make courgette spaghetti to replace pasta to help reduce carb consumption.
#28. Keep a container of water with you, to ensure you drink enough each day, and stop yourself mistaking hunger for thirst.
#29. Flavour your water for more variety. Add in some fruit or herbs to give a subtle taste.
#30. Use instagram for motivation for healthy meals. Clean_eating_alice has great clean eating meal ideas. You can follow Bestselfology’s instagram account here.
#31. Sign up for a race to get you motivated to train for something.
#32. Replace carbs with healthy alternatives.
Thanks to everyone who submitted your tips. I’d love to hear whether these #healthhacks help you, and whether you have any other ones you use.
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