Words by Nicole Thomsen
January 8th, 2019
Have you resolved to take better care of yourself in 2019? Did you, like the rest of us, tell yourself those four little words; new year, new me? To help inspire and motivate you long past January, we’ve put together a list of five healthy habits that fit people live by. From eating enough protein to looking after your gut, these are small changes that make a big difference. But the best part about these five tips? Anyone can make a habit out of them! If you make any resolutions this year, let them be these…
How many times have you been told you should drink more water? The average human body is made up of 60% water (that’s 60% tea for the average Irish person) which means staying hydrated and consuming at least two litres of water a day is vital for your body’s daily functions. In order to beat the drought, carry a water bottle with you wherever you go, be it the office, the gym, shopping, in the car…everywhere. It might not sound overly important but drinking water throughout the day will not only keep everything running smoothly, but it may also help to brighten your complexion, to think more clearly, and improve fatigue.
When it comes to breakfast, there are two types of people. There are those who endeavour to make a three-course meal out of it, and there are those who just about manage to make themselves a coffee before running out the door. It might sound like a cliché but kick-starting the day with a balanced breakfast is a great habit to get into. Eating breakfast has been linked to better weight management so it may be more beneficial to eat breakfast than it is to skip it if you’re trying to lose weight, not to mention it may also help you concentrate better. So, give yourself an extra five minutes in the morning to sit down and enjoy a bowl of porridge, a pot of yogurt, whatever it is you fancy, for the best start to the day.
With recent studies describing the gut as the body’s ‘second brain’, ensuring your gut is healthy is not only important for your physical wellbeing but your mental health too. By supplementing your diet with foods rich in good bacteria such as sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha and some yogurts, you’re helping to keep your gut in tip-top shape which comes with an abundance of added benefits. No wonder Kate Hudson is an advocate of looking after your gut health!
For too long, protein has been associated with muscular bodybuilders, weightlifters, and men in general, but despite our physiological differences, protein is just as important for females as it is for males. When it comes to exercising, protein can help you recover quicker after an intense workout session as well as helping to build a lean and toned physique, making it a great nutrient to fuel up on. And did you know, the delicious range of Danone Light & Free* SKYR Icelandic Style Yogurts has 14g of protein in every pot?
This last one is an important one. It’s all well and good to tell yourself you will be a leaner, better person with perfect skin and abs worthy of a Victoria’s Secret model by April but when spring comes knocking and you haven’t accomplished your goals yet, it can be more than a little deflating and enough to make you give up entirely and return to old habits. Instead, be kinder to yourself and set smaller, more attainable goals. You know that feeling of satisfaction when you finally tick something off your list? Reaching these goals feels 10 times better. Then you can aim bigger and higher.
In partnership with Danone Light & Free* SKYR Icelandic Style Yogurt.
*Over 30% fewer calories than most full-fat fruit yogurts. Contains only naturally occurring sugars.
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