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Reflections For Improved Health & Wellbeing

Every day can be like New Years Day, full of that renewed sensation promise and newness. You can harness this every day to be simply like every other, but marked as ‘number one’ again in a fresh new year that allows 365 more opportunities to lead a better life and reflect on past actions with a renewed desire to do it all better. It’s a beautiful idea that a new day can create so much passion for change and the invigorated mindset to make it all happen. Imagine if we took this approach to life every day? Imagine you woke each morning to the promise that a new day brings. Changes can be made for every yesterday, tweaks and improvements. An item could be placed that’s visible to you when you wake up as a reminder of your commitment to a new way of living every day like it’s new year’s day! Here’s 5 easy ideas to start bringing positivity and change into your life.

CLEANSE

Drink a squeeze of lemon juice in warm water when you wake up. Lemons are a good source of vitamin C and we all know that water helps keep the body hydrated – the combination can aid your digestive system. One lemon provides 18.6 milligrams of vitamin C and the recommended daily intake for adults is 65 to 90 milligrams. A good way to get you on your way with this natural antioxidant that helps protect cells from free radicals. - Healthline

STRETCH

Stretch your body out after you wake. There are some really simple stretching practices like this 5-minute full body stretch. Or, if you’ve got the time try this deep stretch yoga routine. Your lower back will thank you if you sit at a desk all day and starting the day with a stretch can alleviate stress as you focus on the health of your body rather than the coming day ahead. Stress also causes tension and stretching can help alleviate this. It can also increase your mobility and improve your posture resulting in fewer aches and pains. Winning!

EXERCISE Increase your heart rate with a daily exercise routine. Every body should be exercising every day. Some people will read this and think ‘totally, of course, already do’. Others will think ‘I just don’t have the energy’. If you’re the latter, let’s rethink the energy or time factor of exercise. Exercise actually increases energy levels through the number of mitochondria your body produces. With more energy your perception of more time may also increase. Mitochondria are tiny structures inside cells that are responsible for producing energy. When we don’t exercise, the number of mitochondria in our cells actually declines. Exercising increases the number of mitochondria in the specific muscle groups that are being worked. The end result is that with more mitochondria, you are better able to produce energy and burn fat. Emila Klapp – Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist