It’s no secret that the latest trends and advice on socials, branding, marketing and even in our personal lives from friends and colleagues means that we are being hit left right and centre by advice to improve health and wellness through both nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits (yes, we’re guilty as charged, granted).
And whilst we understand this advice is helpful and vital and strive to be a voice of advice and a foundation of knowledge, we know that quite frankly, life can get busy.
As a result, sometimes healthy habits slip, and whilst we all have the best intentions when it comes to positively improving quality of life through health and wellness, sometimes, when life gets on top of us; deadlines are looming and work gets a little bit hectic, these good intentions and healthy habits slip: it’s just the way it is.
Because of this, we wanted to provide some quick and simple ways to implement feel good habits on a day-to-day basis without having to drastically adjust your routine. We’ve rounded up our best health hacks and healthy living techniques that we feel can be implemented quickly (and with minimal effort) that include healthy swaps, ultimate health tips and more.
Start implementing some low or no alcohol days
We don’t have to be the ones to tell you that alcohol is bad for you, so in any capacity, reducing or halting your intake of the stuff is a great step forward in improving your overall health. Without going into a lecture, the long term health risks of excessive alcohol consumption include:
- High blood pressure
- Liver disease
- A range of digestive problems
- Increased risk of the development of certain cancers
Off the back of this, if you are someone that enjoys winding down after a day of work with a glass of wine or a pint enjoyable (who doesn’t), our first health hack is for you.
Low or no alcohol days (and weeks) are a great way of gradually reducing your alcohol intake and implementing healthy lifestyle habits.
Granted, whilst the weather is getting better this one might be a bit harder to implement, but recent years has seen the release of some pretty great alcohol-free alternatives, making this goal a little bit easier – as you still benefit from the taste (but save on cost). Win-win!
Fill gaps in your day with mindfulness and stretching
Waiting for the kettle to boil? Stretch your limbs. Cooking your dinner? Listen to a mindfulness podcast. Driving home? Mindfulness. Watching the TV? Stretch.
Are you starting to see a pattern here? Because we definitely are.
There are a lot of points in the day that we can fill with little extra healthy habits to make a real difference to our mindset.
Whilst its true that not every minute of everyday needs to be productive (resting is part of a healthy lifestyle, too), if you notice a slot of time in which a mindfulness or healthy habit can be implemented, it’s definitely worth doing.
Swap your caffeinated drinks for The Detox Booster
Tea, energy drinks, coffee, even some of our favourite fizzy drinks: you name it, they’ve got caffeine in.
A lot of it, at that.
Whilst we’re all for advocating the benefits that caffeine can offer (we're suggesting that you give up the caffeine for good - don’t worry, your coffee is safe), it might be beneficial to replace that fourth caffeinated drink of the day to a serving of The Detox Booster instead. Packed with natural ingredients to boost your energy, health and overall wellbeing, The Detox Booster is a great way to get all the good stuff.
Oh, and it's vegan, too. What's not to love?
Ditch the social scrolling for a good old book
Let’s be honest, we’re all partial to a before-bed social media scroll. Whilst it can be beneficial to be in the know around what everyone is doing, what the latest is, and keep up with your favourite influencers…. Is this the best use of your time? And is this habit meaning that you’re not switching off before bed? Sounds like revenge bedtime procrastination, to us. Two key things to consider.
It doesn’t have to be every day, but a couple of times a week, consider ditching the scroll in favour of a book, meditation or screen-less activity.
Any habit that reduces screen time, particularly after a day at the office, is one worth implementing.
Walk that last stretch
With the average commute sitting at just under an hour a day for the majority of us in the UK, we wholeheartedly understand that walking or even cycling to work is just not an option for some people.
What is possible though, is reducing your amount of time on public transport, or in the car, by getting off at the stop before yours, or parking at the opposite side of the car park, or even a road or two away from the office. Sometimes when it comes to getting your steps in, you need to be proactive and think outside of the box – and this is a great way to do so! Every step counts.
Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean that you dedicate hours a day to the endeavour. Implement small changes everyday for big impact, from nutrition to exercise and everything in between, and you’ll start to notice a difference.
For more inspiration when it comes to healthy living, habits and exercise routines, make sure to explore Insight, follow us on socials @liveinnermost and stay consistent!