MAINTAINING THOSE NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS!
How are your New Years resolutions going? Have you stuck to them or given up already??
As Big Ben rang in the New Year, were you one of the thousands of people who made a “new year; new me” resolution? At this time of year we’re all aiming to be a little more healthy but it can be hard to maintain an entire life overhaul.
Why not start small, with these clever health hacks that will help you get going in the right direction…
Drink more water – did you know that downing 2 litres in a day actually burns 95 calories? It’s called water induced thermogenesis and it can also increase our metabolic rate.
Take up rebounding – yes, it’s just a fancy name for bouncing on a trampoline, but did you know that rebounding aids lymphatic drainage, as well as being zero impact, great at burning calories and improving bone strength and muscle tone.
Wear your fitness tracker -Loads of people got these for Christmas, so now is the perfect time to put yours back on and challenge your friends to beat your step count! There’s a lot to be said for being active all day rather than short bursts at the gym, and a wearable fitness tracker is a great way to keep on top of that – as well as making sure you’re beating your best mate’s weekly step total!
Try a new class – everyone loves to take the same classes every week, with the same trainer and the same moves to the same tracks. But our bodies adapt quickly to our attempts to make them train hard – that’s why our favourite syndicated classes will often change choreography every 6 weeks or so. Trying out a new class where you’re not sure of the moves is a great way to keep your body guessing.
Get a good night’s sleep – did you know that just one night of bad sleep can lower your insulin sensitivity to the point that you could almost be considered diabetic? In fact studies show that after just four nights of getting only 4.5 hours of sleep, our fat cells become 30% less sensitive to insulin. Get an early night and give your body a fighting chance!
Take a cold shower – there has been a lot in the media recently about brown adipose tissue – or brown fat. Unlike the white fat we see accumulating around our hips and bellies, brown fat is not a bad thing. If you’ve been following the new series of Channel 4’s show, How To Lose Weight Well, you will have seen presenter Dr Xand van Tulleken shivering in an ice bath while scientists measured how many calories he burned. Brown fat exists on our bodies to generate body heat – so when we get cold, it works harder to do that, burning calories along the way. A cold shower with the water focussing on your shoulders, chest and neck activates your brown fat and encourages calorie burning – but also encourages detoxification. So if you’re still feeling the effects of festive overindulgence, a cold shower might help.
Eat fermented foods – mark our words, fermented foods are the big new (old) thing this year. Fermented foods help to support a healthy gut, and a healthy gut is a more efficient gut with less bloating and better absorption of nutrients. Drinks like kombucha and kefir are now widely available in the shops, and traditional fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut are also becoming more popular. Top tip: don’t buy any fermented food that’s sitting on the shelf; that means it’s been heat treated and all the healthy bugs will have been killed in the process. Head to the chiller cabinets in your local health food shop, or you could even make your own. It’s not as complicated as you think!
Whatever your resolutions for 2017, being more healthy is something we all aim for. With these top health hacks you can edge your way towards tip-top health without putting in hours of time or stacks of cash.