Time to Set that New Resolutions for the Mind, Body and Soul
A new day has arrived ! will you resolve to change your routine? Here at Nutrichef, we are all about a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. We want everyone to get the most out of each day, so here are our seven resolutions that you can follow to make sure what remains of 2017 , doesn’t go to waste .
- Get More Sleep!
Sleep is vital for improving memory and mood, reducing stress and inflammation, improving physical performance, increasing attention span and learning ability, and maintaining a healthy weight, among other benefits. So try to get to bed at least 15 minutes earlier than you normally do – trust us, you will not regret it.
- Switch Up Your Exercise Routine
Even if you’re not feeling bored or uninspired by your exercise routine, it’s worth varying it often. Switching up your routine can help you prevent injuries from overuse, break through a weight loss plateau, build new muscles, and keep your brain sharp (by keeping it guessing). Trying a completely different type of exercise, say, switching from swimming to kickboxing, or a type of exercise that involves memorization or fine motor skills, like ballroom dancing, are particularly great ways to keep your brain healthy and keep you from getting bored. Plus, switching up your exercise routine can help you meet new workout buddies, which helps your exercise routine and your social life!
- Get Up Out of Your Seat
If you sit all day at work, one of the best things you can do for your health is to get up out of your chair as often as possible. Sitting for hours a day is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, deep vein thrombosis, osteoporosis, and even death. So what can you do? Make sure you get up at least once an hour and walk around – this applies to TV time too! You can also opt to sit on a yoga ball or a cycle chair at work, or ask your company to sponsor a standing or walking desk.
- Expand Your Palate
Even if you already eat healthy, expanding your palate can help you boost your nutritional intake by adding vitamins and minerals from sources you never ate before. Expand your palate by trying a new fruit, vegetable, fish, or legume each week, or at the very least each month. Make it a challenge to find something new in the produce aisle each time you go grocery shopping, or check out your local farmer’s markets, which often carry less common varieties of produce you are already familiar with. Another great way to expand your palate is to taste a cuisine from a country that you may not have tried before. If you don’t like it at first, be sure to give it another try – it often takes more than once for your taste buds to smile!
- Take a Mental Break
Don’t forget your brain – it needs a break too! Activities like meditation and yoga have been shown to decrease depression, anxiety, stress and emotional eating and smoking, while increasing optimism, self-esteem, memory, focus, and creative thinking. Like exercise, these benefits begin to accumulate with just a few minutes a day, so make it a habit to do a bit of meditation when you first wake up or when you crawl into bed at the end of the day, or take time out each week for a yoga class that focuses on mental well-being. Like any new exercise, it may seem difficult at first, but will get easier with practice.
- Train Yourself to Think Positively
Have you ever thought to yourself, I wish I was as positive as so and so? It doesn’t mean you’re a negative nancy, but maybe you want to be more optimistic on a daily basis. The good news is, the brain is trainable, just like any muscle in the body. Each night, write down three positive things that happened that day, or three things you are grateful for. If this is super easy for you, up the list to five. You will notice that this task becomes easier over time, and that you are more positive about events in your day that used to frustrate, anger or annoy you. It takes a little effort, just like your daily workout, but you will see results if you stick to it.
- Pamper Yourself
What makes you feel rejuvenated? Whether it’s a night out with friends, a deep tissue massage, dinner at your favorite restaurant, movie night, or a weekend away, make sure you don’t forget to pamper yourself once in awhile. Taking time out for yourself benefits everyone in your life, including you, and ensures that you don’t get burnt out from the daily grind. So at least once a month, make sure you take time out of your schedule to treat yourself!