How to improve your well-being in the new year
We've embarked on a new year, so why not start it off right by incorporating a few new healthy habits into your life? Nothing big necessary, even small actions can pay off in a big boost to your well-being. Check out some ideas and try the ones that sound right for you.
Get your full eight hours. Just as a healthy diet and regular exercise are necessary and important for good health, so is sleep. Studies show that cutting back on snooze-time can lead to an out-of-control appetite, a greater risk for coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. So, try to get the recommended eight hours of sleep needed for good health, safety, and optimum performance.
Eat mindfully. Turn off the TV or computer, sit down at a table with your food on a plate, and focus on eating. Savor the smell and enjoy the taste. Put your fork down between bites and take time to really enjoy your meal. Chances are, you will eat less and feel more satisfied.
Rise and shine — and eat. Breakfast gets your body’s metabolism going again after the night rest and gives you the adequate energy you need to get through the morning. It doesn’t have to be complicated, either. A smoothie will be great. You can use your favorite nutritious ingredients: fruits, nuts, yogurt, veggies and you’ll enjoy filling fiber with a protein and vitamin boost. If you don't have a favourite smoothie recipe, download the HEAD by Gorenje mobile app and try HEAD top athletes’ favourite smoothie recipes.
Add variety to your diet. Use recipes that will help you boost your health and good mood. On occasion, indulge in a glass of red wine or a bite of dark chocolate that contains at least 75% cocoa - both contain antioxidants that can benefit your heart.
Take time out. At least once a day, close your eyes and focus on taking 10 deep, full breaths. Inhale through your nose, feel your diaphragm expand, and exhale through your mouth. Deep, focused breathing slows your heart rate, calms the body and, as a result, calms your mind and reduces stress. Mix in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days a week as well and you will be amazed at the difference it can make.
Drink more water to prevent constipation, dehydration and other related diseases. Whether you drink bottled, filtered or tap, water helps keep your cells hydrated, flushes out toxins, and prevents dehydration.
Practice gratitude every day to fill your life with kindness. Practicing gratitude can boost your mood overall and improve your outlook on life. Each day before you go to sleep, write down 3 things you are grateful for. In addition, express your gratitude for the people in your life by telling them you appreciate them.
For a healthier lifestyle
Run faster, kick harder and win smarter with the new range of small yet action-packed kitchen appliances Gorenje made in collaboration with the lead sporting goods brand HEAD. The powerful 2 in 1 Nutri Sport blender extracts nutrients and vitamins in your perfectly silky smoothies and blended vegetables. To help you with balanced meal preparation, the collection also includes an easy-to-use and elegantly designed kitchen scale, which can be connected to a smart mobile app HEAD by Gorenje smoothie recipes.
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