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Resolutions: Healthy habits you can start today

 Resolutions: Healthy habits you can start today (Photo: iStock)

The first quarter of the year will be gone like a vapour and chances are, you’re failing miserably at your New Year resolutions. Yes, remember those?

The truth is, that creating habits is harder than most of us think or want to admit. But before you get discouraged and completely give up, think of all the wonderful benefits this will bring into your life.

In the pursuit of optimal health, small, consistent changes can pave the way for profound transformations.

As you face a new week, take it as an opportune moment to embark on a journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

And why should you? According to a Harvard study, in the nearly forty years positive habits were examined, participants who adopted healthy lifestyle habits lowered their overall health risk.

Break down what you want to achieve into specific and realistic goals. This way you will be able to stick to them. To help you start here are a few suggestions.

Begin your day with intention. Embrace a mindful morning routine by incorporating moments of reflection, deep breathing or gentle stretching after saying your prayers.

This deliberate start sets a positive tone for the day ahead because it helps release stress.

Elevate your hydration game by committing to adequate water intake. Whether it is a stylish reusable bottle by your side or periodic reminders, ensuring your body receives ample hydration is a fundamental cornerstone of health.

Cultivate a habit of planning well-balanced, nutrient-rich meals. By incorporating a variety of colourful fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains you provide your body with the essential building blocks for sustained energy and vitality.

Navigate the day with purposeful snacks. Opt for wholesome choices like nuts, seeds or fresh fruits steering clear of processed options.

Strategic snacking maintains a steady metabolism and helps curb unhealthy cravings. Always have healthy snacks readily available to avoid quick-fix temptations.

Prioritize restorative sleep by implementing a digital detox before bedtime. The soft glow of screens can disrupt circadian rhythms.

Instead, indulge in a calming routine perhaps a good book or soothing music to prepare your mind for a restful night.

Counteract the sedentary nature of modern life by committing to move every hour especially if your job entails sitting behind a desk all day long.

Whether it's a brisk walk, a set of stretching exercises or a quick dance break, these micro-movements contribute to overall physical health.

Lastly, prioritise mental health by establishing wind-down rituals in the evening.

Enjoy a calming cup of herbal tea, a warm soak in the bathtub or a moment to be alone and reflect on the day, these rituals signal to your body that it's time to relax and take a break.

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