6 Healthy & Simple Habits To Make This New Year


Jade Poole

Healthy & Simple Habits To Make This Year

Instead of coming up with a number of unrealistic new year’s resolutions for your health, we decided to put together a simple list of practical and easy to apply healthy goals (number 3 might just change your life for the better).

Okay everybody, before we start to set a number of unreasonable and unrealistic new year’s resolutions that will exhaust you before the first week of January has come to an end, let’s consider some happy and healthy habits for this year that are doable and easy to stick to. 

Wouldn’t you agree that we are all due for a health boost? 

Coming out of December, you probably did a lot less exercising and a lot more eating. Which is even more reason for you to create practical resolutions. 

Whether you want to include more fruits and veggies in your diet, run a 5k or make a promise to yourself that you are NOT going to cancel your dentist appointment for the 7th year in a row, there is a range of ways you can take small steps to lead a healthier life. 

Remember, health is about so much more than just what you put in your body, it is about your physical and mental wellness.

Here’s how to kickstart 2020 the right way

1. Sign up for a weekly workout class you will actually enjoy

Before you set your alarm for 5 am every morning and disappoint yourself by pressing snooze 9 times in a row (don’t worry, this is something we are all guilty of), head to your local gym and find a class you will actually enjoy and want to wae up early for. 

Try to attend two classes a week at whatever time suits you. There are a ton of awesome and fun exercise classes and even free boot camps run by local communities and parks. 

A great example of a free and fun workout initiative is Parkrun. Walk or run a 5km loop in your local park every Saturday morning! 

2. Cut down on junk food

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Before you chuck out all the sweets and goodies in your home and try to go cold turkey on all junk food, let’s just take a step back. It’s going to be incredibly tricky to just cut out junk food, especially if you are used to eating it on a daily basis. 

The trick is to take small steps to lead a healthier life and sticking to a healthy diet. Try to slowly cut down on things one week at a time. This week you can cut out chocolate and try something healthier instead. It’s all abut less sugar and more superfoods that are also super filling and leave you feeling great!  

Check out these healthy and simple meals for you and your family

3. Make breakfast an everyday priority

Many people underestimate the importance of breakfast for their health. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. One of the easiest switches you can make for your health this year is to eat breakfast every morning. 

Even if you start with something simple like a bowl of yoghurt and fruit, the trick is to try and get in a healthy and nutritious breakfast every single morning to start your day right. This will also prevent any feelings of fatigue during the day and stop you from diving into the doughnuts at the morning meeting.

4. Know how to self-examine your breasts

One of the most important things an adult woman can do for her health is to give herself a breast self-exam. This is a great form of preventative healthcare and it’s a lot easier than you may think! 

Have a look at this easy guide on how to self-examine your breasts. 

Not so fast, guys! Men should also examine their testicles on a regular basis inline with men’s health awareness. Have a look at this blog on men’s health

5. Get more sleep

And we don’t mean depriving yourself of sleep during the week and trying to catch up on this deficit over the weekend. You need to get between 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every single night. This will give you more energy during the day, boost your immune system (which means you will get sick less) and boost your mood! 

6. Make sure your health is taken care of 

Private healthcare doesn’t come cheap. We get it. But this does not mean you should leave your health in the hands of understaffed and ill-equipped public healthcare facilities, or have to fork out the cash to see the private doctor out of your own pocket. 

Have a look at what health insurance plans are available to you. Health insurance is an affordable alternative to medical aid. It gives you and your family instant access to private healthcare and health insurance with Oneplan, fronts you with the cash you need before you see the doctor. 

Happy New Year! Here’s to you and your health! 

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