Who says living a healthy lifestyle is a backbreaking affair? By incorporating a few simple tweaks into your everyday life, you will be guaranteed long-term benefits your body will thank you for. Here are five incredibly easy tips to get you started.
1. Stretch yourself awake
The moment you wake up in the morning, spend a couple of minutes doing lazy stretches in bed. Not only does stretching help increase flexibility, it also boosts circulation and relieves tension.
2. Drink warm water with lemon every morning
Start your day right by drinking a glass of warm water mixed with the juice of half a lemon. This refreshing drink has a whole host of benefits: it aids digestion, keeps your urinary tract health in check, cleanses the lymphatic system, and even clears up your skin. Add a teaspoon of honey if you find the drink too sour for your liking – honey acts as an instant energy booster, so it’s a win-win!
3. Wipe down your keyboard before you start work
Studies have shown that a computer keyboard contains more bacteria and filth than a toilet seat – if that does not disturb you, we don’t know what will. Before you power up your computer, you’re your keyboard a simple wipe-down to reduce the amount of dust, food crumbs and other grime accumulated from the day before. Then, especially for those of you who are deskbound, make it a point to sanitise your office desk with a disinfectant at least once a week.
4. Have one less sweet food
Sugar is one of the biggest culprits behind many serious health issues; a high sugar intake can lead to liver damage, obesity, heart disease and more. Even if you have a sweet tooth, make a conscious effort to fight those sugar cravings by choosing healthier alternatives. For example, instead of homing in on that can of sweetened green tea after lunch, grab the unsweetened version.
5. Pamper yourself before bedtime
Many of us are guilty of browsing social media apps or even checking our emails to lull us into sleep – and we all know that would take a while. But the fact is, the light coming from electronic devices prevents us from having a good night’s rest, which can lead to potentially serious health risks. Half an hour before bedtime, place your gadgets somewhere beyond your reach. Spend the next 30 minutes pampering your mind and body – after taking a relaxing bath, dim your bedroom light (or light up some candles to cast a warm glow over your room), put on some soothing music, apply your favourite body lotion, and just breathe. Creating a bedtime routine like this helps wind you down and prepares you for a proper night’s sleep.