While it’s a fact that I am abit of a sloth, I still make sure to set aside enough time during the day to take care of my body. Make these habits a part of your daily ritual, and see your health sore:
1. Do 20 sit-ups and 20 push-ups every morning.
While this by no means will help you achieve a ripped Adonis-like six-pack (unless you have super active mutant genes), there are nevertheless some powerful perks that you will instantly experience with this quick workout. Not only will it help relieve morning drowsiness by making you feel more energised and elevated, it will also increase body circulation and raise the metabolic rate of the body, aiding with weight loss.
2. Slather on sunscreen every single day.
This is a biggie, if you are not doing this already, start now! Regardless if it’s cloudy, rainy or even a friggin’ thunderstorm outside, make sure you wear sunscreen each day - SPF20, minimum. But if you personally prefer the wrinkly prune look, who am I to judge.
3. Drink an antioxidant filled smoothie for breakfast each morning.
One of my best purchases ever has been the Breville Blend-Active. What originally attracted me to buying it was the convenience of being able to make a smoothie within minutes, and being able to dash out of the house with the cup. The Breville Blend-Active is essentially the Ferrari of the blender world; it blends all the ingredients in so seamlessly, that you end up with the creamiest of smoothies. Pinterest is inundated with smoothie recipes if you are stuck on what ingredients to combine.
Vitamin D is important for the body to be able to absorb calcium and strengthen bones. Just opening the window and letting some natural light flood into the room will make all the difference in the world. Even better, get out of the house and go for a ten minute walk each day.
5. Eat a handful of nuts everyday.
They are powerful little things! Nuts are jam-packed with protein, fibre and essential fats, making them the ideal vitality-boosting snack. Replace the crisps and chocolates for this tasty, nutritious alternative.
6. Drink lemon water every morning.
As soon as you wake up, head straight to the kitchen and prepare yourself a glass of hot water with lemon juice squeezed in. This will help cleanse the body from toxins, increases metabolism, freshens breath (although I would still recommend brushing your teeth afterwards), boosts your immune system and resets the body’s PH balance. Plus, think about all that Vitamin C goodness!
7. Dry body brushing before showering.
With an exfoliating glove or brush, start from the neck and work your way down to the feet, polishing the skin in a gentle circular motion. This can be done within a couple of minutes prior to jumping in to the shower. Dry body brushing helps promote circulation, aids lymphatic drainage, and removes dead skin cells, helping to maintain silky smooth skin all year around.
8. Oil pulling for oral hygiene.
Oil pulling is a renowned dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of extra virgin organic coconut oil in the mouth on an empty stomach, for approximately 20minutes. With the mouth being home to millions of bacteria, this action acts as a cleanser, pulling out all toxins before they get a chance to penetrate the body. This technique not only benefits the body, but also improves oral health by cleaning and brightening the teeth, keeping them pearly white.
9. Take fish oil capsules
Taking one fish oil capsule per day has numerous health benefits including reduced blood pressure and reduced inflammation. It also boosts the immune system, is rich in omega 3 and fatty acids, and improves skin-cell health.
10. Start a detox tea programme.
I have recently started the Teami 30 Day Detox programme to help flush out toxins from the body. The pack comes with a supply of Skinny loose-leaf tea and 15 colon cleanse tea bags to be used in alternating days. Filled with powerful antioxidants, this teatox pack helps boost metabolism, increases energy levels, reduces bloating, improves the skin complexion and helps aid digestive issues.
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What are your daily healthy lifestyle habits? Please share!
Lots of love, Ana