5 Quick health wins
1. DRINK MORE WATER
You got it!, pretty simple, and you know you need to drink more. The benefits of drinking water almost deserve their own blog (YAWN! YAWN!). Improving hydration is one of the simplest health wins available. Benefits include:
Reduced pain (including migraines)
Reduction in hunger
Removal of toxins from the body
Improved absorption of water soluble vitamins
The best bit? It’s plentiful and it’s free, well almost! Drinking more water each day will take less than 5 minutes :-)
2. USE THE STAIRS
If you usually choose the lift, consider whether you could be using the stairs. A recent article published by livestrong.com found that someone who climbs stairs for 10 mins per day will burn about 110 calories of energy. Multiplied by the number of working days in a year and you’ve used an extra 27,000 calories. The best bit? You needn’t don your leotard or join the gym! Stairs will also help to condition your heart/ lungs and strengthen your muscles. This will help you to become healthier and fitter.
3. PREP YOUR SNACKS
Preparing healthy, main meals does take time and is beneficial, but this blog is about quick wins , so we’ll focus on snack preparation. It only takes a few seconds and healthy snacks will replace your desire for chocolate and candy. What makes up a good snack? Something which satisfies. This would be 2 of the 3 major nutrients: Protein, Carbohydrate and fat.
My favourite snacks include:
Banana (carb) with peanut butter (fat and protein)
A hard boiled egg (fat and protein)
Cottage cheese (fat and protein) on oatcakes (carbohydrate).
4. WAKE UP 5 MINS EARLIER
Spend these 5 bonus minutes planning your day. Make sure you add one thing that takes you a little closer to who you want to be. For example: Something creative, some movement, baking, meditation or playing games. Anything that makes your day count and will help you to become healthier and happier.
5. LISTEN TO YOUR FAVOURITE SONG WHILST DANCING
Fun and healthy- two birds, one stone! The human body releases endorphins for pain relief. Endorphins are n't addictive but are powerful. Reports show that endorphins are between 18 and 500 times as powerful as painkillers. Your body releases endorphins during periods of physical activity. These result in feelings of well-being and sometimes, euphoria. Although all physical activities release endorphins, dancing is particularly effective.