It’s that time of year when our minds turn to the annual spring clean, I’ve already been trying to have a bit of a declutter and am definitely turning my attention to the garden and investing in new plants for the years to come. A lot of people now aren’t just focusing their cleaning efforts on their homes and gardens, but also their lifestyles. I have seen so many taking up the challenge of getting fit and healthy on my IG feed and there is certainly plenty of inspiration out there. My favourites at the moment are Laura and Katie who I know have inspired so many others to start their own fitness mission. Unfortunately due to my Chronic Fatigue I am very limited physically to what I can achieve, however I am still trying to watch what I eat, especially with our holiday on the horizon.
1. Take up a new sport
As the weather becomes warmer and the days become longer, there’s no excuse for not getting outside and getting active. In taking up a new sport, you can choose an activity that’s as strenuous or as leisurely as you like: anything from hitting the gym to improve your fitness to making the decision to enjoy more walks – either alone or with your family – around your local area. Taking one small step at a time can pave the way to a healthier, fitter you.
2. Ditch the smoking
Many people choose New Year’s Day as the start of their resolution to stop smoking – but why not do so in the spring instead? Now, thanks to e-cigarettes, more and more people are finding that it’s easier than they thought to kick the habit. E-cigarettes can provide you with the nicotine and habit without the harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde and benzene, that you’ll find in your regular cigarettes. You can gradually cut down the amount of nicotine in your e-liquids too, to help you give up for good.
3. Think about your diet
If you’re looking to become healthier, taking a good, hard look at your diet is a good place to start. There’s no need to give it a complete overhaul; again, doing things in small, easier steps can help you succeed. Start by cutting sugar from your daily food and drink intake, or by substituting unhealthy snacks with healthier options, and gradually make more and more healthy changes as time goes by. I have now invested in a Nutribullet and it makes life so much easier – all I do is throw in some fruit, add natural yoghurt or milk, a bit of honey and some ice and I have a healthy drink with little effort.
4. Declutter your mind
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and a healthy mind can contribute to a healthy body. Banish negative emotions and find ways to deal with stress that could include activities such as yoga, meditation or breathing exercises, and you’ll soon find that you’re feeling much healthier and happier both inside and out. Whilst I know from experience this is definitely easier said than done, I have found journalling or even brainstorming those thoughts can really help to clear your mind and give you chance to move on.
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