Sunday, 3 January 2016

6 ACHIEVABLE, HEALTHY CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE IN THE NEW YEAR BY ISOWHEY SPORTS AMBASSADOR, LAUREN HANNAFORD

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6 ACHIEVABLE, HEALTHY CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE IN THE NEW YEAR

New Year’s resolutions can often be hard to stick to. That’s why it is important to set realizable goals when it comes to healthy life changes in the New Year.

Keep reading for the most achievable changes you can make in 2016.

1. Drink More Water

An easy change that you can make in the New Year is to drink more water. Hydration is really important to keep a balance within your body. Daily activities such as spending time in the sun and exercise can dehydrate you so it is recommended that you drink around 8 glasses of water each day. If this seems un-achievable, there are some easy tricks to try. Get in the habit of having a glass with every meal as well as when you wake up in the morning and before bed.

2. Be More Active

Exercise is an important element in keeping healthy, although sometimes it is hard to get motivated. This New Year, find the type of exercise that suits your body and your schedule. Set some realistic and achievable fitness goals (i.e. go for a morning walk every Monday Wednesday and Friday ) so you can move forward into the New Year with a fun regular exercise plan.

3. Get More Sleep

Not only is exercise important but so is making sure you are well rested afterwards. It is recommended that you have at least 8 hours of sleep a night to be the most revitalised you can be in the morning. To ensure a restful night’s sleep and make my muscles relax, I like to take some magnesium with a glass of water before bed.


4. Eat Healthier

Eating healthier doesn’t have to be hard and there are a few simple steps you can take to make your diet healthier. Make it a priority to eat more fruit and vegetables as well as healthy snack alternatives. If you’re physically active and finding you’re always hungry you may like to increase your protein intake. Try a sprinkle over your breakfast or in a smoothie each morning to keep you fuelled throughout the day.

5. Reduce your Alcohol intake

This doesn’t mean that you have to cut it out completely but it is simple to reduce the amount that you are drinking. Set a monthly limit on drinks and try to drink in moderation. Too much alcohol can make you demotivated to make it to training the next morning and eating healthily. Drink less and train more – you’re body and mind will thank you for it!

6. Cut your stress

All of the above changes will help you decrease any stress in your life. Simple things such as lack of sleep, a poor diet and no exercise can increase your stress levels. Take time out of your day to relax,  try a weekly yoga practice, massage  or daily meditation.  Less stress means less toxins in your body and you’ll feel and look better too.

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