Now that we’re officially in April, we’re almost a quarter through 2018- can you believe it? This year is going so fast, and I know I’m not the only one who hasn’t quite been meeting her New Year’s resolutions. But it’s not too late to work on your health if that was one of your resolutions (and for many people it was).
Here are some top ways you can improve your health this year:
Get more sleep
The older I get, the more sleep I need. This is especially true when I’m travelling or going out partying- I simply need multiple days to recover now. I’ve found that getting enough sleep helps my body not get as run down- even when I’m super busy or stressed. When you’re sleeping, your body gets a chance to stablise and recuperate so you can be at your best the next day. I’ve found that switching my phone to airplane mode early on makes a massive difference.
Quit bad habits
As my twenties draw to a close, I’m noticing that my bad habits (and the bad habits of others) are becoming apparent in our bodies and on our faces. I have a tendency to eat too much junk and have gained 20 pounds. Some of my friends have been smoking since they were teenagers and now have fine lines and wrinkles. And a few people I know really need to lay off the booze.
We all have our vices, but it’s a good idea to start recognising yours and taking steps to fix this behaviour. If you’re still smoking, switch to vaping (check out e Liquid from Grey Haze). If you’re a late-night snacker, quit buying junk so it’s no longer in the house. If you can’t simply have one or two drinks without binging, consider going cold turkey for a few months.
Let’s face it: Most of us would rather eat a burger than a sad salad. But a healthy diet makes such a massive difference in the way we feel and look. Stay away from the types of fad diets that completely eliminate certain food groups, and instead choose a healthy approach like IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros). This will ensure your body is getting the right amount of carbohydrates, fats, protein, calories, minerals, and vitamins.
Whether you love a hard workout in the gym or you prefer to simply take a stroll each night, getting active is important. This is especially true for women- did you know that lifting weights can greatly reduce your chances of osteoporosis as you get older? It also ensures you won’t have that “skinny fat” look and will instead have a leaned, toned bod.
Not a fan of the gym? There are so many great alternatives. Take a Soulcycle class, start yoga, join a running club, or simply take your dog for a walk more often.