Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily have to involve eating clean and doing yoga seven days a week. Little habits like taking the stairs and bringing a water bottle out can do wonders to your health in the long run. Here are 10 hacks to easily incorporate into your lifestyle.
This. Many of us don’t have the habit of bringing a water bottle out because it takes up space in our precious handbags. But this lack of water intake can easily lead to dehydration, especially in our scorching weather. Try using flat water bottles or the foldable ones, so they don’t create an unsightly bump in your bag.
We’re blessed with escalators everywhere that do the walking for us, but this has also made us lazy. Opting for the stairs when you alight from your train is a step forward (pun intended) to a healthier life by toning up. Or the least you could do is walk up the escalator, which will definitely help digest that heavy Korean BBQ meal you just had for lunch.
Something as simple as parking further away, or alighting one or two bus stops earlier will make you walk more and lock in some exercise without you even realising, which is always a great thing. What’s not to love about walking? It’s incredibly easy and not only strengthens your body but improves your mood.
We know, munching on a huge packet of Doritos while indulging in your favourite drama is just heaven, pure heaven… until the horror of the empty packet sinks in. If you can’t stop your snacking frenzy, portion out your chips and sweets into smaller Ziploc bags so you limit your intake. And make sure you keep to one bag at a time. And if you must snack, choose something healthy such as Zesty Maple Glazed Nut Mix.
Never take a spin in the supermarket when your stomach is growling. Chances are, you’re going to want everything on the shelves, junk food included. Going grocery shopping after a meal can help calm your cravings and save money in the process.
We’re pretty much all guilty of using our phones in bed before lights out. But did you know your device emits blue light, which tricks your brain into thinking it’s daytime? This can mess with your sleep-wake cycle, and is probably why you always don’t feel well-rested. So put your phone away before bedtime – your texts can wait after you’ve had a proper beauty sleep.
You’re not alone in feeling fidgety whenever it’s a commercial break, or when your next drama episode is taking forever to stream. Since there’s time to kill, why not squeeze in some stretches like squats and lunges? It’s all about maximising pockets of time, so you don’t turn into a total couch potato.
This is our favourite way to kickstart the day – warm lemon water has a host of health benefits, like aiding digestion and paving the way for losing weight faster. Don’t neglect the citrus fruit, which is packed with Vitamin C, an essential nutrient that boosts the body’s immunity.
It’s hardly surprising to see your colleagues slouching at their desks just like you, but this “comfortable” position will actually take a toll on your body in the long term. Aches and headaches are no laughing matter – start reminding yourself to keep your back straight and not crane your neck. You can also use posture-correcting devices like iZEST, which generates a pulling effect to gently hold your upper body in a correct posture.
Nothing beats home-cooked food. You can cut down on oil, salt and MSG, which is good news all around. Set a certain number of days per week to eat at home and make it a habit; you’re doing something good for your health AND wallet. Check out our 18 quick and easy pasta recipes, as well as healthy and hearty dinner ideas with spinach.