Is 2022 going to be your year? This is a common statement many people make at the start of the new year. January is quite often a month that symbolises starting something new be it goals or intentions. I am not one to promote the concept of “new year, new you” but I do love to set a list of things I’d like to do in the 12 months ahead. This usually revolves around being fitter, stronger and healthy (especially as I’m 7 years into menopause!)
If you are unsure of where to start, the list below should give you some useful tips and advice for starting your wellness journey.
Focus On What You Eat
Diet is an important factor when it comes to being healthy. You want to be healthy on both the inside and outside so focusing on what you eat is a good idea. You should be enjoying a healthy balanced diet with treats too. If you like cake or ice cream then you can keep eating this, just in moderation. If I deny myself something I want it all the more!
If you are not sure about the types of foods or the portions you should be enjoying then take a look online for some helpful guidance. As a general rule, your diet should incorporate all the food groups. These include carbohydrates, fats, proteins, dairy, fruit, and vegetables. You should be aiming to have at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. These contain vital nutrients and keep your body working as it should.
Get Up And Active
As well as your diet, exercise is key. Getting up and moving around will mean giving yourself a full-body workout. If you struggle with the idea of exercise, find something you enjoy doing so it doesn’t seem like such a chore. This could be anything from swimming, yoga or going for a long walk. As long as you are doing something then that is good for both your physical health and mental wellbeing.
Even better, you could find a fitness class or workout with a friend. This means you will easily find the motivation needed that you might lack when working out on your own. For example, you might think that you need to work on your waist to hip ratio. This could be because they are too small or too big. If you find you have wider hips then there are obvious exercises you can do to shrink them. If you have the opposite problem and want wider hips then there are exercises you can do to widen them. Take a look at this and read the full article, this will give you lots of tips to gain wider hips.
No matter what you do with your diet and fitness, one thing you shouldn’t forget is that water is a much-needed component of your body. It helps keep you hydrated as well as your vital organs. You should be aiming to drink at least two litres a day, which equates to around eight glasses. Your body is made up of around 60% water, this gets lost throughout the day when you sweat, go for a wee, and even breathe. If you are not replacing the water you lose then you can quickly feel the effects of dehydration.
One tip for remembering to drink throughout the day is to buy one of the water bottles with the times on. This will give you a gentle nudge when it’s time to drink more. It even tells you when it is time to refill it.
If you want your body to stay fit and well-rested you should be aiming for around eight hours of sleep every night. The quality of sleep is just as important as the quantity, without a well-rested night sleep you will feel aggy and irritable. There are many reasons you could be struggling to get a full night’s rest. You could have lots of thoughts roaming around your head keeping you awake, staring at the walls. It could also be due to your mattress. There is a reason they say to invest in a new one every eight years. They become old and lumpy over time through the amount of use they get which in turn interrupts your sleep and causes you to wake up with aches and pains.
(This is a collaborative post)