5 healthy habits to adopt this year!

Paige Tucker | 19th February 2018

We may be well past the buzz of new year’s resolutions, but it’s never too late to make some healthy lifestyle changes! In today’s busy age, it can be hard to remember to take some time out to focus on bettering yourself, whether through healthier eating or exercise. To give you a helping hand, here’s some tips on five healthy habits you should incorporate into your day to day this year!

Do some exercise

We all know the benefits of exercise for weight loss and fitness, but even those of us that aren’t looking to get in shape should make time for regular exercise. Exercising comes with a wide range of benefits such as helping to boost energy levels, improving mental health and wellbeing, and reducing your likelihood of certain illnesses. Even taking the time to go on walks or go running in your local park is a good step towards becoming more active.

Get enough sleep

Getting the right amount of sleep is so important when it comes to health and wellbeing. Sleep experts recommend 7 – 9 hours of sleep per night for people above the age of 18, but due to busy schedules and sleep disorders, this isn’t always achievable. Make sure you’re staying on top of your sleep by creating a schedule. This could mean creating a window of time in your night when you read a book, watch a film or do whatever you can to unwind. If you find that your issue lies with your bed itself, consider investing in a new bed such as a divan bed with memory foam mattress for comfort.

Be mindful of your food

If your diet consists of nothing but fatty, sugary foods, it’s time to change your eating habits. This doesn’t have to mean trying any crazy fad diets or getting rid of all the food you love, but simply to be more mindful about what you eat. Small changes to your day such as switching your third coffee of the day for a healthier alternative, putting less sugar in your tea, or preparing nutritious lunches for the week ahead are all good steps towards better health.

Spend more time outdoors

It’s important to get some fresh air every now and then, so make spending more time outdoors a new habit for yourself. Doing things like walking in your local park, participating in outdoor activity or having a family picnic are all good ways to get outside. With benefits like reduced stress levels, improved attention and memory and a better immune system, this is a habit that everyone should get involved with.

Slow down

Lastly, it’s important to take some time for yourself this year. Meditation is a trend that’s steadily on the rise, and for good reason. Spending time meditating in some way is a great way to slow down from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and get you in tune with your body and mind. There are a number of brilliant meditation apps you can try, getting you involved with deep breathing and guided relaxation for as little as ten minutes a day.