We love the start of the year. It’s always a great time to pause, reflect and reset for the year ahead. Whether you compile a list of resolutions (if so, be sure to keep them simple and specific to make it past the February failure trap), choose a word to live by, or just head into the year with some intentions in mind, there’s generally a few things we’d like to improve.
This year we haven’t compiled too long a list of resolutions, but rather put pen to paper on some foundations we know help us maintain our health and wellbeing. Feel free to use them as your foundation too.
REST | RECOVERY
We’re prioritising this in 2018 because, let’s face it, life isn’t slowing down! Rest and recovery really needs to factor into all areas of life – from scheduling a nature walk or yoga class into a weekly fitness schedule, to enforcing tech-free periods and regular downtime into your working life. Need some extra justification to unplug? You’ll find plenty of research studies proving productivity is increased when you take the time to rest and recover.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
We’re keeping this separate to the above point, because it’s one of those things that require attention from us. There are always great intentions to get our eight hours, but often we get caught up with, well life, and are diving for the covers much later than we’d like. This inevitably leads to the hitting of the snooze button the next morning. It’s a vicious cycle.
We know this is a given, right?! But how often do you hit that mid-afternoon slump only to then realise you haven’t had any water since the morning. Keeping water topped up during the day keeps your body hydrated and operating at optimal levels, so you’ll notice everything from more energy and clearer skin, to less headaches and bloating.
Even writing it feels a little like a chore, but we swear it is the cornerstone of healthy eating, and it will save time and money in the long run too. Start with basic meal prep such as a list of meals for the week, and then shop accordingly. Take it to the next level by pre-preparing those meals which you often end up skipping or making non-healthy choices at. Go all out by pre-preparing all your meals for the week in advance.
When it comes to fitness we love HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) because it increases fitness plus speeds-up metabolism, and all in a pretty short period of time. Remember the key is to do the hard work. You’ll know you’ve nailed it when you’re counting the seconds until the rest breaks😉 We also love that you can find so many workouts online if you don’t want to join (or can’t make it to) a gym.
Strength or resistance training (whether with weights or body weight) is the perfect accompaniment to HIIT. This style of training will help build lean muscle, which in turn helps burn fat, as well as give your body shape. It’s also important to support bone density. If you’re new to this type of training, we recommend getting some expert advice to make sure your technique is correct.
There’s not too much to say about this one, you know what fun looks like for you! Build it into every day.