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4) Create some new, healthy habits
Our lives are made up of habits. Brushing your teeth is a habit. The way you eat cereal is a habit. So create new, healthy habits in your life. Make a big, healthy breakfast a new habit in your life. Or make that late afternoon habits of café latte and muffin into a late afternoon brisk walk or green tea with some nuts and fruit habit instead.
5) Treat yourself once a day
Very few of us can abstain completely from our favourite treats. And, what can happen, is that we go cold turkey and then, fall off the wagon and binge…which leads to feelings of guilt, unhappiness and frustration and, oftentimes, the end of our goals. So, allow yourself one treat per day. If you love chocolate – allow yourself to have a small bar of chocolate every day. Can’t live without crisps? Then have a packet a day. As long as the rest of the day is healthy – it really won’t make too much difference!
6) Move more
Move your body more. Take the stairs. Lose the remote control and get up to change the channel. Squat down to pick things up rather than bending over. Just move more. When you think about it – it’s easy, and all this extra moving adds up to extra calories burned!
7) Make the most of wasted time
We all have times in our day when we wait for things. The kettle to boil. The toast to cook. The bus. Etc etc. So, instead of standing there doing nothing. Make the most of this time. Stand on one leg in that queue – this uses your core muscles and burns calories whilst toning your tummy muscles. Clench your buttocks whilst on that conference call. Do donkey kicks whilst brushing your teeth. Get creative and move your body.
8) Plan Meals in Advance
If we haven’t planned our weekly meals in advance we are more likely to order a take away, eat out or eat unhealthily. By planning our meals in advance we will have all the ingredients in, and we are more likely to stick to a healthy eating plan and stay on track with our goals.
9) Create a ‘Cook Time’
Once a week spend the afternoon or evening pre-cooking food for the week. Batches of brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, couscous. Food that you can just add some fresh veg and some lean meat to when you need them for your planned meals in the week.
10) Plan Exercise Once a Day
Planned exercise doesn’t have to mean going to the gym. It just means setting aside some time, each day, to exercise. This could be in the morning before work, in your lunch break or when you get home at night. Set aside 10, 20, 30, 40 minutes to do some exercise. It doesn't matter whether you have equipment at home or not, you can get an excellent workout doing body weight exercises or going for a cycle or run on the streets. There are no excuses, just do something every day!
So those are my top 10 tips! Good luck and may 2016 be your healthiest and happiest yet.