We all know that we’re supposed to drink more water, get more sleep, take time away from our screens, Get to the Gym, Keeping a track of the list of things we’re supposed to do can be almost as tiring as actually doing it!
Dietitan Rohini has bought you the lists of 9 steps,One can take each day to get into the routine of healthy habits .
So, let’s begin…
- 9,000 Steps – Aim for Walking down 9,000 steps a day. According to Dietitian Rohini, Aiming for a step count that works for you is more important. Some might find it easier to get out and about than others, but as long as you’re doing your best to keep moving then that’s all that matters.
- 8 Hours of Sleep – It’s pretty widely accepted that the average adult should aim for around 8 hours of sleep a night. Getting enough sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health; it can help to control your appetite, maintain your immune system and help your memory too.
- 7 Glasses of Water – Most people know that staying hydrated is key. Drinking 7 glasses of water a day can help to relieve fatigue and increase energy levels and it can also aid with weight loss (if that’s your goal), flush out toxins and improve the complexion of your skin. Finally, staying hydrated is just another way of giving your immune system a helping hand something most us of would benefit from!
- 6 Minutes of Meditation – We know that meditation isn’t for everyone, but even just 6 minutes a day where you can check in with yourself can have huge benefits. For some, it’s a great way of relieving stress, and for others it can help to keep their anxiety in check but it’s worth noting that everyone is different. Finding peace for 6 minutes can also enhance your self-awareness, and promotes a sense of importance when it comes to your emotional health. It’s worth a try it might just become your go-to for keeping calm!
- 5 portions of fruit and veggies – It’s been drummed into our heads for as long as we can remember – you must get your 5 a day. But why is it so important that we swap out the chocolate for carrot sticks and the diet coke for a green smoothie? Eating 5 portions of fruit and veg a day can bring a huge health benefits. They’re a great source of vitamins and minerals, and are an excellent source of dietary fibre – which can ultimately lead to a reduction in the risk of bowel cancer. Better still, they can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and even some cancers – plus they taste amazing and there are so many varieties!
- 4 breaks – Regardless of your lifestyle – maybe you work, study, stay at home with kids etc. – it’s important that you take a break. While everyone likes to think that they can go at 100 miles an hour all day long, it’s crucial that you take some time out. So, taking a break 4 times a day, whether that’s to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, play a game on your phone, read a couple of pages of a book or even just sit down – don’t underestimate how much better it could make you feel!
- 3 meals and healthy snacks – Eating three healthy, well-balanced meals a day is vital. Even if you don’t necessarily feel like eating, giving your body breakfast, lunch and dinner each day along with three healthy snacks is a great way to get yourself into the habit of making healthy choices. By fueling your body properly and regularly you give yourself the best possible chance at getting into a healthy routine.
- 2 hours of no phone before bed – Pretty closely tied into the idea that you should aim for 8 hours of sleep a night, taking two hours away from your phone before you go to bed. Studies show that using screens before you go to sleep can stop your brain from producing melatonin, meaning it could take you longer to switch off and actually get to sleep. And continued sleep interruption can eventually end up affecting your body clock – so aiming for a couple of hours phone-free before bed can ultimately benefit your health.
And finally, at number 1
9. 1 session of exercise – Whether it’s a gym session, a brisk walk, some yoga in your living room or running about with the kids or the dog, getting in one session of exercise is essential. Obviously, you should take rest days – over-exercising can end up having a negative impact on your health – but aiming for 1 session of exercise 3-4 times a week is a great habit to get into, and one your body will definitely thank you for!