If the very idea of the treadmill fills you with dread, why not try something new? 2016 is set to be the year of bodyweight training, a type of strength training that uses body weight alone. You can do it from anywhere, so there’s no need to commit to a gym membership. For the time poor, a HIIT class might be ideal. An intense 20-minute class involves bursts of activity followed by rest, which burns calories and targets fat. Or, try combining ballet and cardio in a Barre class.
2. TAKE THE RIGHT SUPPLEMENTS
The world of vitamins and supplements can be confusing. To kick off a healthy year, focus on what your body really needs. A multivitamin will top you up with the health-supporting nutrients you may not be getting from your diet, whilst Omega-3 boosts your immune system and delivers great health benefits.
3. BE MINDFUL
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment. Try to pick an activity where you normally zone out and instead stay focused on the task. It can be tough, but it’s said to contribute to a happier state of mind.
4. CUT DOWN ON SUGAR
Reducing your intake of sugar is not just good for your weight; recent studies also suggest that it can improve blood pressure, liver function and skin appearance too. Small tweaks, like switching sodas for water, can have a big impact on your health.
5. KICKSTART YOUR KID’S CONFIDENCE
Build your children’s’ confidence by incorporating physical activity into their everyday routine: play catch, dance while you do chores, pick berries at the weekends – make exercise a fun family activity rather than a chore.
6. SNACK SMARTER
If you need a snack during the day, try storing fresh fruit, unsalted nuts and Natural Balance Bars in your desk drawer. That way you have a healthy alternative when the cravings set in.
We all know that getting too little sleep is bad for our skin, mental wellbeing, weight and immune system. Aim for seven hours a night and establish a routine: wake up and go to bed at the same time everyday – and put away your phone before bedtime!
8. BOOST YOUR PROTEIN INTAKE
We need proteins in order to maintain the growth of our cells and to make hormones and antibodies. If you want to up your protein intake don’t just “eat more meat”. Instead, try incorporating beans, natural yoghurt or eggs into your diet. Or give meals a protein boost with a Natural Balance Shake or Soup.
9. BUY A BLENDER
Get your daily intake of greens by blending them together to create soups or smoothies. Combine kiwi, banana, spinach, cucumber, ginger and lime for a nutritious drink you – and your family – will love.
Resolve to move more this year: walk to work, climb the stairs – make small daily tweaks that add up. A fitness tracker that you can wear or download onto your phone will help you monitor and improve your daily activities.