Everybody has their own personal tips and tricks when it comes to their health and wellness routines. Despite the fact that everyone has different needs, there are some tried and true health hacks we thought you might be interested in. Sometimes keeping positive habits and routines can be difficult or feel like they are time consuming. Check out some of the tips below to help you find that perfect balance between your health and your happiness.
Drink Lemon Water
Most people know that it is important to drink a lot of water especially when you are active. However, it is equally as important to make sure you are getting enough sodium and electrolytes to replenish what may be lost during physical activity. Common drinks like Gatorade, Smart Water, and others take this into consideration in their marketing. However, if you want to save some money or avoid the sugar rush that can be accompanied by some of these sports drinks, you should try drinking water with some lemon. It is important to get a little bit of the rind in as that is the most nutrient rich part of the fruit.
Rinse with Cold Water
Another great hack I learned when I was younger is to rinse with cold water at the end of your shower. As someone with very long thick hair, I was constantly conditioning and struggling to comb it out. When you rinse your hair or your body with cold water at the end of a shower it works almost like a sealant, protecting the moisture from escaping like it would if it were warm water. The cool water also helps to tighten your skin a bit while it retains the moisture. The best thing to do for your skin though is to put on lotion after bathing to keep your skin fresh and maintain elasticity.
Plan Your Meals
Planning your meals is the best surefire way to stick to a diet. If you have everything prepared and making dinner or grabbing lunch can be accomplished in a snap, you are much less likely to succumb to an unhealthy option due to how convenient it is. Creating a menu for the week or two ahead and going shopping to make sure you have everything you need will keep you on track. Prep big batches of certain things in advance to make things easier. If you really don’t have the time or patience, you can always purchase a plan such as NutriSystem to take all the work out of meal planning and prep.
Track Your Goals
Have you felt that amazing relief and pride when you accomplish a goal? Striving for that feeling and creating moments of success is important to your progress. Tracking how and when you reach these goals will allow you to pin point strengths and weaknesses and develop an appropriate health plan for you. The most important thing overall is to actually make goals, because without them it is hard to feel successful and it can be hard to stick to something when there is no defined outcome.