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New year, new plans for a healthier life

New year means new goals and new resolutions. While myself and Mr.H have made no resolutions as such, we both do have plans to eat healthie...

New year means new goals and new resolutions. While myself and Mr.H have made no resolutions as such, we both do have plans to eat healthier and keep fitter. This is not just for this year but hopefully to continue even after that. And now that we are nearing the end of the first month of 2017, I thought I would share some of the changes we have made to our lifestyle. Our routine may not work for everyone or may not be feasible for all, but you can tweak it to suit your personal preferences and your health goals.

Wake up early

It is a small change but one which once made a habit makes a lot of difference. Try getting up half an hour earlier than your current wake up time and soon you will notice the difference. Even the small difference will give you extra time - time you can use to fit in some exercise or meditation.

Work out

You can choose from yoga, weight training, running or go to the gym and try out some of the equipment there. I prefer yoga and Suryanamaskar is something that I try to do regularly. It makes the body flexible and is the perfect way to begin your day on an energised note. Mr.H prefers weight training and endurance training. He has been doing this for some time now but has now increased the intensity and duration of his workouts. You can pick whatever suits you. Just ensure that you plan it properly and stick to the routine.

Eat healthy

I have always believed that eating healthy doesn't mean dieting or depriving myself of foods that I enjoy. Instead, it is all about eating the right things at the right time and I have made small changes in that direction. Since we are vegetarians, I have always included lots of veggies and fruits in our diet.  But now I ensure that I choose vegetables from across the colour palette - greens, reds, orange etc. I have reduced the portion of desserts and incorporated complementing fruits instead. I am also making a gradual and slow shift from refined grain to whole grain foods. In addition to sugar, I am also keeping an eye on our salt intake. All these small changes will take some time to show effect, but it is a step in the right direction.

Mr.H has been using Herbalife 24 Rebuild Endurance post exercise. It is a recovery carb-protein drink for endurance sports and for use after aerobic exercises. Containing 36gms of specially selected carbohydrate and 10gms of high-quality dairy protein in each serving, the drink is excellent for maintenance of muscle mass. Since we do not eat meat of any kind, supplementing his protein intake is essential for Mr.H, more so because he is into exercising and weight training.

Herbalife 24 Hydrate

Herbalife 24 Hydrate

Herbalife Endurance also provides essential Vitamins like B1, B2, C and E along with Iron. If you are into any kind of sporting activity, running or are a gym lover, then check out Herbalife 24. They have products designed for everyone and for all kinds of needs - whether it is training or recovery.

Stay hydrated

Colas and packaged fruit juices have taken a backseat and we are consuming more water now. And the benefits were visible within a short span of time. Drinking water is a great way to energise your system. In addition to keeping you hydrated, it also helps flush out toxins and other waste products plus it is zero calories. I usually add lemon juice to the water I consume as it is a good way to alkalize yourself. Mr.H has been trying another product from Herbalife 24 - Hydrate, which is a calorie-free electrolyte drink. It contains Vitamin C which helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue and B vitamins (B1, B2, pantothenic acid and B12) and calcium and magnesium, all of which contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism. He has the drink post his workout. Both this drink and the post workout drink mentioned earlier taste good.

Herbalife 24 Hydrate

Get enough sleep

Good sleep is extremely essential for everyone. A good night's sleep ensures that your body is rested and ready to function at its best the next day. If you eat well, make all the right choices but do not get enough sleep, it will do you no good. While sleep requirements may vary dependant on age and health, as a general rule at least 8 hours of good sleep is required to wake up refreshed (both in terms of mind and body). Start maintaining a daily routine and stick to your sleep schedule (even on weekends). Ensure that you stay away from stimulants (caffeine, alcohol etc.) nearer the time of sleep and turn off electronic gadgets an hour before sleeping. Eventually, your body will get used to the sleep pattern. If you have been neglecting sleep, then try to make it a priority from now onwards. It impacts your overall health in more ways than you imagined.

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