The festive season is traditionally a time of eating, drinking and being merry…
…but many of us don’t stop to consider the havoc we wreak on our bodies (and minds) by overindulging.
However, all is not lost! There are a few simple things you can do to get your healthy lifestyle back on track – just follow our five top tips. Plus, discover how you can earn extra money on the side to fund your wellness endeavours by taking part in paid market research surveys…
5 healthy lifestyle hacks for 2021:
1. Get out and move!
Recent research has suggested that spending too much time sitting down is worse for you than smoking, so it’s vital that you spend plenty of time being active. You should aim to move your body for at least two hours over the course of each week.
Mixing up how you get a sweat on will help keep you motivated and interested, whether you choose a brisk walk, a refreshing swim or a fun team game or activity like Ultimate Frisbee.
Combining exercise with nature is a wonderful experience, so try getting out into a beautiful outdoor place you have access too, be it park, forest or beach.
Here at Angelfish, we frequently run paid market research surveys, focus groups and online communities that give people the chance to share their opinions on sports retail or the health tech they use, such as smart watches and fitness trackers.
So it’s not only a great way to make a bit of extra money, but it gives you an extra motivation to get out there and exercise, too!
2. Buddy up
January is the time of year when you’re more likely to have a few pounds to lose, yet it’s one of the hardest times to motivate yourself to get outside and exercise! It’s cold, dark and watching a film under a duvet will be ten times more tempting.
Getting a mate to become your exercise buddy is a fab idea as you will be more likely to keep up your exercise regime because you won’t want to let them down. If you commit to your ‘fitness dates’ with the same enthusiasm you would a romantic date, or other important meetings, you’ll feel the benefit in no time.
3. Stay hydrated!
You may think water has little to do with your weight, but staying hydrated will definitely help you lose your love handles according to Hub.
Many people confuse thirst with hunger, as these processes are regulated from the same part of the brain, and will reach for a snack before they reach for a glass of water, so always drink something first and wait to see if that satisfies you before eating.
You should aim to drink 4-6 cups of water a day: not only will it curb cravings, but it will work miracles for your skin and also help your body to function healthily.
4. Get some serious shuteye
Unlikely as it might sound, numerous studies have shown that sleep plays a vital part in weight loss. When you don’t sleep enough your body produces hormones that stimulates hunger and slows down your metabolism, meaning you eat more calories and burn less.
You should aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night and develop good ‘sleep hygiene’ by going to bed and getting up at the same time every day.
5. Take care of your mental health, too
Taking care of your mental wellbeing is just as important for your body as taking care of the physical aspects, too.
For example, did you know that stress can suppress the immune system, making you more susceptible to catching colds, flu and other nasty bugs? And let’s face it – who wants to go out and exercise or eat healthy food when they feel ill?
Achieving good physical health (by following the above tips) will contribute to your mental health (for example, exercise has been found to reduce depression, anxiety and stress), but having good mental health will also make you more motivated to work on your physical health – so it’s a win-win!
Ready to kick-start your healthy 2021?
We hope that these tips have inspired you to get healthier for the year ahead without splashing the cash!