Healthy Habits to Incorporate Into Your Daily Routine in the New Year

New year is the time most of us decide to get our lives back on track. Some people vow to stop smoking, others plan to set up a business or start running again. But the reason most people fail is because they set themselves unachievable goals. They go full steam ahead for the first couple of weeks and then run out of, well, steam. That's when they give up and go back to their old ways. 

If you've never run a day in your life, you're not very likely to be able to run five miles a day, every day, with no prior experience. The trick is to set small, achievable goals and work up from there. 

Here are five basic things you can do to have a healthier mind and body. Make time for these every day and you'll notice a significant improvement in your life after a few weeks. You don't need to start them all on January 1st; you could begin by picking one and doing it every day for a week, then gradually adding in the others. 

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1. Eat breakfast
I know it's a cliche, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Your breakfast should include some protein and complex carbs, so something like poached eggs on wholemeal toast is perfect. If you don't have much time in the mornings, either try getting up a little earlier to fit in some breakfast, or make something the night before such as overnight oats or a smoothie to grab in the morning.  

2. Exercise for 30 minutes
Like I said, you don't need to begin a full-on workout regime on the first day of January. But if you start exercising for just half an hour, three to five times a week, your health will improve tremendously. This could be anything you like - a walk around the block, a yoga session, lifting weights, swimming...the key is to find something you enjoy because you'll be more likely to stick to it in the long term.

3. Learn to meditate
Practising meditation and mindfulness exercises will help to calm your mind and bring you back to the present moment. If you're not sure how or where to start, download a meditation app or watch a YouTube video for inspiration. 

4. Spend time in nature
Not only will it benefit your mental health, but a recent study has shown that spending time outdoors can also boost your physical health in so many ways, including reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and premature death. So grab your coat and find some green space to hang out in. It's even even better if you can combine this with tip #2 and take your exercise outside. Go for walk in the park, the woods or along the beach, depending on where you live.

5. Drink your water
You already know you should be drinking more water, so now's the time to ditch the excuses and just do it! Try to drink eight cups (around two litres) of water per day. If you don't like the taste of plain water, you can buy fruit infuser water bottles which allow you to add chopped fruit or berries to your water to enhance the flavour - so you'll always have a healthy drink, wherever you go.

6. Cook more meals from scratch
Stop eating out and ordering in so much, and you'll probably save some money as well as eat healthier. If you haven't got time to cook dinner every night, try prepping your meals on a Sunday for the coming week (see my post on meal planning for tips and inspiration). Or just double the quantity next time you make a recipe and freeze half of it to heat up on a day when you're too tired to make something from scratch.

7. Limit social media/Netflix time
This one's a lot easier said than done, I know. It's so tempting just to binge watch your favourite shows or spend the evening scrolling through Instagram after a long day. But you'd probably be shocked at just how much time you waste on these activities - time you could be using to work on yourself by cooking fresh meals, going to the gym, meditating, working on your blog or even just reading a book.

What healthy habits are you planning to start this new year? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Some great tips that I will.
    Definitely take on board I am disappointed with how I have fell into bad habits and have begun mindfulness in the last few days. Wish u a wonderful 2019 xx

  2. I've been wanting to try meditation for such a long time now but I'm really struggling to get into it. I always find myself doing it for a few days then not at all for weeks. My goal is actually the other around this year! Less work, more Netflix. Trying to learn to take a break more! Although more reading and less screen time in general is another goal x


  3. I always say I'm going to start eating healthier in the new year and exercising more but it never happens! In 2019 I want to start running again and go as much as possible but I'm not aiming for a certain amount of runs each week because life always gets in the way! This post has definitely made me think of other things I could do though, great read!!

    Jess //

  4. I love all of these suggestions! Meditation has been on my "must try" list for a long time but its a bit daunting. I'm definitely going to give it a go this year though! All the best for 2019 =)

    Hayley x

  5. Great tips! We always eat breakfast and cook almost all of our dinners from scratch- it's very grounding to cook and eat together as a family!

  6. My one goal is to get myself to drink more water, I am so bad at it, and it's so importnat.
    next up is the 30 minutes workout - I'm pretty good with the rest of it. Great tips! have a great 2019

  7. I love these habits to adopt! I am so bad at the breakfast part - I'm planning to make some overnight chia for breakfast. Drinking water is so essential! It's important to keep your skin smooth as well. Oh man, I am big on #7. Social media is something that people want us to perceive based on what they choose to post. It doesn't bring much value.

    Nancy ♥

  8. These are all great suggestions! This year I am going to eat 2 servings of veggies a day. I find that some days I do this other days it's at zero! So I want to change that! I like the idea of limiting social media. I want to limit my time or perhaps pick a day to be SM free!

  9. This is the most perfect post for me to read right now! I feel like I want to get healthier in the new year as I've been a bit lazy over Christmas. I love that you have included ways to improve both physical and mental health, I definitely need to spend less time on my phone and would like to start reading more books instead. Thank you for sharing your suggestions Nic, hope you have a happy and healthy 2019! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  10. This is an awesome post I learned alot from it.

  11. I would love to start meditating, and consistently! Not like once a month or so! This is a fabulous post. I totally agree with not setting yourself unbelievably difficult goals!
    It's shouldn't be -new year new me - it really should just be new year = improved me.
    Laura /

  12. Great tips here and I definitely need to try and work on number 7 �� I also want to try and get into meditation. Always promise myself that I will but then never do! Happy new year ��

  13. Oh i defo need to work on limiting social media, thank you for sharing these quick tips :)

  14. Great tips! I've found that keeping a food diary really works too, this way I stay aware of what I eat and I make more healthy choices when cooking or ordering food. I've also switched to an app as they are really handy, I use one called Yazio ( which I find really easy to use :)


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