Unlocking a Healthier You: Practical Tips for Winter Wellness

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 Being and staying in shape is easier said than done, but it's essential to help you live a long, happy and healthy life. The whole idea of eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and drinking enough water is easy in theory, but it also takes a lot of self-control to get all of these things in as much as possible. If you’re someone who struggles with self-motivation and sticking to a healthy lifestyle, try these tips below to help keep you from falling off the wagon and ultimately, keep you healthy throughout the winter!

Drink more water, seriously, lots more!

Did you know that our bodies quite often mistake the sensation of hunger for the sensation of thirst? There are many ways you can try and get more water into your body without feeling like you’re sloshing around with water all of the time:

  • Try out Air Up. This is a fairly new brand that uses your sense of smell to trick you into thinking the water you’re drinking is actually flavoured. Scented discs are placed in the spout of the water bottle and what you’re drinking actually is just water! It’s received lots of rave reviews online, so it might be worth a shot.

  • Drink a small glass once an hour. It will help quench your thirst without feeling like you’ve had too much water.

  • Serve water during meal times, you’ll be surprised how often you reach for it!

  • Carry around a water bottle that you can fill up during the day.

Exercising doesn’t have to be a chore

The idea of exercise for many people leaves them with the mental image of running on a treadmill or lifting weights in the gym. While these are great forms of exercise, there are other ways to get in the exercise you need and actually enjoy it!

  • Join or create a team and use a custom rugby kit designer online. Being part of a team creates a sense of comradery, and also makes you more likely to stick to it.

  • If you enjoy nature walks, choose to walk to school or work each day instead of driving or taking the bus, especially if there’s a scenic route you could take.

  • Do it with a friend! Studies show people who do it with a friend are more likely to stick to it

How you can change small eating habits for a big difference

The food you put into your body is just as important as how you treat it with exercise. Here are some tips to change your eating habits for the better:

  • Listen to your body and learn how to determine when you’re actually hungry. As mentioned above, our bodies confuse hunger for thirst!

  • Only eat until your hunger has subsided. It’s much better to eat small amounts often than large sittings of food as our bodies find it easier to digest.

  • Chew your food slower - it takes our stomach a while to communicate with our brain to let us know we’re full

Finally, try eating on a smaller plate and following the 12 weeks to wow guidelines - you’ll be surprised how many eating habits we’re doing wrong!

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