Happy New Years! It is the first day of 2017 and we hope your head isn’t feeling too sore after the celebrations filled with wine, cocktails and salty food. We imagine you are feeling less than amazing but we are here to help you get back on track. Everyone likes to make healthy New Year’s Resolutions to kick off the new year! The beginning of a New Year is a great time to take a moment to re-evaluate your life and set your sights on new goals. After the silly season of Christmas and New Years celebrations you may be feeling a little bloated, sluggish and tired.
But never mind! It’s time to start 2017 as your best year yet! The best way to do that is to start with a healthy mind and healthy body. So let’s detox our bodies, clear our minds and dive into a big juicy 2017 filled with love, health, laughter and happiness! We have 10 top healthy New Years Resolutions for how to revive and refresh your body after the holidays. Have a think about which ones you would love to focus on as your goal to achieve for 2017!
The best way to stop feeling sluggish and tired is to start moving your body! It’s also going to help burn off the Christmas pudding and many cocktail calories! Remember that while it is okay to take a break from your workout routine and enjoy the finer things in life over the festive season, it’s important to get back on track once January comes around. If you are finding it hard to get motivated then maybe hire a personal trainer to help you or get a workout buddy so you can work hard together. Not only will regular exercise keep you fit and toned there are many other health benefits! Exercise improves your mood, keeps you physically fit, boosts your energy, builds muscle and strong bones, strengthens your immune system, lowers the risk of disease and relieves stress.
2. Eat a Balanced Diet
After all the overindulging over the festive season it’s time to get get back into a healthy eating plan. A whole foods diet filled with lots of fresh organic produce would be best. Think lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Leafy greens and vegetables like onions, cucumbers, carrots, celery, and radishes are water-rich and packed with nutrients that will give you more energy, strength, and better immunity. Some of these healing nutrients include protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, enzymes and fiber. Enjoy your salads with simple homemade dressings that are made with cold pressed extra virgin olive oil or raw nut/seed oils and fresh citrus juice or vinegars like raw apple cider vinegar.
Clearing your mind is the best thing for your mental health. We can all feel stressed and overwhelmed and meditation is the best way to calm our mind and bodies. Mediation can help to lower your cortisol levels which when they are high can lead to weight gain. Take 5-10 minutes to sit in a quiet, comfortable place. Inhale for 5 breathes and exhale for 5 breaths, let your muscles relax and feel the tension leave your body. If you need some background music that is fine or if you are just beginning there are many great guided meditation CD’s that can help you build your meditation practice.
4. Dry Body Brush
Dry body brushing is a fantastic way to get the blood circulating around the body and it is also an excellent form of exfoliation and a powerful detoxification aid. It can also help to reduce cellulite. Dry body brushing stimulates your lymphatic system and helps it release toxins. Before you step into your shower, get your body brush and begin at your feet, sweeping up in circular motions up towards your heart. Do this every day before your morning shower and it will soon become a daily ritual you look forward to and notice amazing health benefits.
5. Juice Cleanse
A Juice Cleanse is the perfect way to boost your detoxification system, flush out toxins, hydrate your cells and nourish your body, and leave you feeling better than ever. A juice cleanse is also a great way to give your digestive system a break. Not to mention a list of other health benefits such as clearer skin, improved digestion, mental clarity and weight loss.
Sometimes we forget to just simply sit back and enjoy life. We are so busy in this day and age, working, raising families, constantly on social media, it can definitely take a toll on our health. Remember to laugh and enjoy the little things in life, they are what matter most. Spend some time watching a favorite movie or doing something you love. Laughter releases endorphins in the body which help us stay youthful.
7. Play – Make it a Healthy New Year’s Resolutions
Play outside and get outdoors as much as possible. There is nothing better than getting some fresh air and Vitamin D. If you have children play with them in the park for some incidental exercise! Go for a walk with a friend. Go for a healthy picnic near the water in the sunshine. Play board games, have a pillow fight, anything that will bring fun and joy to your life!
Sleep is so important. When we sleep our bodies repair themselves. Sleep has a direct effect on our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Aim to get 8-9 hours sleep a night to revitalise and re energise your body. If sleep is an issue, you can look into calming herbs such as valerian, hops, lemon balm and passionflower. A nice warm cup of chamomile tea before bed may also do the trick.
9. Drink Water
Water is the best thing you can drink for your body. It will help to flush out all those nasty toxins from the one too many alcoholic drinks you may have consumed over the festive season. Water also aids in weight loss, helps to relieve digestion, improves mood and relieves fatigue. Make sure you drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to see the benefits and stay hydrated.
10. Take an Epsom Salt Bath
Once a week, pour yourself a warm bath with 1 cup of epsom salts, 10 drops of lavender essential oil and half a cup of baking soda and light some soy candles. Soak in the tub for a good 20-40 minutes and play some soothing, relaxing music. Close your eyes and let your worries float away. You will instantly feel relaxed. Not only is a bath great for relaxation, this combination draws out toxins, lowers stress-related hormones and balances your pH levels so you will be feeling fabulous after the silly season in no time!
We hope these 10 healthy new years resolutions help you throughout 2017 to stay healthy and happy! We would love to hear your New Years Resolutions for 2017 in the comments below! x