Life Hacks for Optimum Health

If you are someone who finds it hard to keep their own health at the top of their priority list then you are certainly not alone. With busy schedules and limited time to get everything done, there is often simply not enough hours in the day to adequately meet our own needs when it comes to exercise, nutrition and self-care.

Finding simple and efficient ways to stay healthy can go a long way to making your days more manageable. Read on for my favourite three ways to do so! Embracing these concepts as a standard part of your life and your routine won’t take much effort or adjusting to, and could really help to boost your health! Which, in turn, can boost your happiness!

Get an App!

Using apps to track your health and fitness is an easy way to stay on top of your progress as well as your general health. This is a particularly good way to keep a food diary, or to record your activity in the gym. It is also simple and advisable to track your steps with a digital pedometer. This will help you to make sure that you get a decent amount of exercise during the day. 10,000 steps a day is a great goal!

Ditch the BPA!

Buying plastic disposable bottles for your water is not only bad for the environment, but can also be damaging to your health! BPA is found in hard plastics, such as those used for bottled water, and is also in some food packaging. When you are exposed to it regularly it can interact with the hormones in your body, causing disruption to their natural production and function. Get yourself a BPA-free bottle and keep refilling it during the day!

Walk, Run, Cycle!

Always driving from A to B is a surefire way to sabotage your own health. If it’s possible for you to walk everywhere during your day then do so! If the distance between the places you need to go are too great then get yourself a bike! There is such a wide variety of cycle gear available these days that you can keep yourself dry and comfortable regardless of the weather! You may think that you are not fit enough to cycle and to you I would say that this is not something to worry about! Start at your own pace and build up to cycling longer distances. You will more than likely be surprised at how quickly your fitness improves. 

If you have seen my new wellness for women membership site – Truly Julie – then you will know that I am on a mission to inspire and motivate women to become healthier and happier – and I would love it if you would join me on this journey as we keep moving through 2017!

Top Perfect Sportswear Picks

As a yoga teacher, author, nutritionist and a parent I am constantly on the go! Cycling is one of my great loves and I always prefer to go by bike from A to B, whether I’m off to teach a class or go to a meeting!

Dressing appropriately is a must when you cycle a lot and you should always choose comfort and practically over style. However, I’ve found some great choices from Matalan that mean you don’t have to choose between these things and they are all super affordable, super comfortable and super cool!

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The Souluxe Sports Leggings are GREAT for cycling and also for teaching yoga in, meaning that I don’t have to get changed between cycling to a lesson and teaching one. This variety of Souluxe Sports Leggings with breathable mesh panels are also just as great and help your skin to breathe as you exercise.

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The Souluxe Double Layer Jacket is another favourite of mine from Matalan and has a super useful money pocket at the back. This jacket is a good choice for the colder seasons if you are into running. It will keep you warm but is lightweight enough that you won’t overheat. Also, it is designed to limit moisture! If you are into running then you should always choose a supportive and comfortable running shoe to help avoid injury.

When I’m teaching yoga outside then the Souluxe Zip Through Hoodie is always my first pick. It is super comfortable and not at all restricting, meaning I can keep it on for the entire lesson. This hoodie also has zip pockets at the front which is perfect for me as a lot of sportswear doesn’t have pockets!

Relax and Recharge Without Spending a Penny

There are few, if any, people who exist in the modern day world who are able to totally avoid stress. With busy work schedules, chaotic family lives and personal relationships to maintain, finding time for yourself can seem near impossible. The increasing average use of technology is another factor that adds to the invasion and interruption of our private time. As our lives get crazier so too grows the need to break away from the chaos and find ways to relax and recharge. Spending a small fortune on a beach getaway, or flying to a remote retreat in the middle of nowhere, are both great options but potentially not financially viable for the majority of people to do on a regular basis.

So for those of us that want to bring the harmony back into our lives without breaking the bank, here are some simple but effective ideas!

Turn it off!

Checking your phone every 20 minutes or so has become a regular action for so many people. Add to that, that large numbers of people have to be hooked to their computer for several hours during the working day and that adds up to a lot of screen time. Technology is continuously making it easier for us to be distracted by the endless amusement and communication that is possible on the internet. However, this constant stream of information and interactions is undoubtedly quite addictive and also massively time consuming. Make sure you have a break from all technology during the day. Your lunch break at work is a great time to do so. Switch your phone off, step away from the computer and go for a walk.

Breathe!

Taking time to focus on your breathing is a great way to mentally detox. During your day try to find a quiet space and take ten deep breaths in and out. Keep your mind clear or repeat a motivational mantra to yourself. You can then return to your tasks armed with a fresh sense of calm.

Mediate!

Meditation, similar to breathing exercises, allows you to understand yourself in the present moment and remove external stresses from your mind. Even just ten minutes of meditation a day can help you to relax and recharge.

Get going!

Exercising is one of the best ways to clear your mind and also to boost happiness and motivation. There are endless forms of exercise that you can do for free, either in the home or outside. It’s best to choose an exercise that you’re comfortable with in order to prevent additional stress. Pushing your body too hard won’t be of any use to your mental state. Going for a walk, doing yoga or cycling are light exercises that are also highly enjoyable.

Incorporating all of the above into your daily routine will help to keep stress levels low whilst also keeping you full of motivation. Of course the occasional break from your routine will also be great for recharging your batteries but there’s no reason why you can’t stay on top of your stress without spending a penny!