10 Tips for a Healthy 2020.
1. Be Active.
A physically active lifestyle has many health benefits which can include:
– An increase in your energy levels (important for those busy bodies!)
– Maintaining healthy bones & muscles
– Improve brain function & memory
– Improve your sleep! (A good rest is important)
– A reduced risk of chronic disease (e.g heart disease)
– An improvement in mood & decreased levels of stress
– Weight loss (if it’s something that you are aiming to achieve)
Healthline: Top 10 Benefits of Regular Exercise
2. Eat Well
It’s important to supply your body with nutrients – fuel your power house! Like being active, eating the right foods for you can assist in reducing the risk of disease, maintaining healthy bones, developing your muscles & keeping your brain focused.
Nutrition is specific to each individual in regards to preference, intolerances & portion requirements, but generically it is recommended to eat a wide variety of the food groups, including plenty of fresh fruits & vegetables. Remember to be prepared – chuck an apple or banana in your bag to eat when you feel peckish & avoid buying last minute processed snacks, or invest in a smoothie maker (one of the best decisions we made in 2019) & find some really simple recipes to get started (or just make it up like we do!)
Read Australian Dietary Guidelines here
3. Keep Hydrated
Did you know the average Aussie only drinks 1.29L of water per day? Thats less than the recommended amounts (2.5L Males / 2.0L Females). “It takes only a 2% loss of total water content for your body to start feeling thirsty. Once you’re at this point your body is already in a state of dehydration. If you’re only mildly dehydrated you’re 114% more likely to make an error, which is similar to drinking low levels of alcohol.”
Staying hydrated is not easy, our best advice is to find a reusable water bottle that you LOVE – sounds silly I know, but since finding ‘the perfect bottle’ with the right style of cap/spout, sipping water throughout the day has become a much easier habit. Not to mention, reusable water bottles are good for the environment. Hydration promotes cardiovascular health, assists to maintain healthy muscles & joints, helps rid of toxins in the body & importantly, it helps us get that smooth, glowing skin! Drink up!
Human Hydration: Are we drinking enough?
4. Goodnight, Sleep Tight
“A good laugh & a good sleep are the two best cures for anything”
The benefits of a good sleep should never be underestimated. Not only is sleep important for our body physically, but it’s important for our mental & emotional health too. Sleep has many benefits including powering up your immune system, reducing stress levels, improving your memory & concentration & cognitive abilities & generically keeps you in a better mood. Not to mention sleep is important in maximising your athletic performance – a good acrobat needs a great sleep! And it’s not just about ‘sleep’ itself, there are ways to improve the quality of your sleep including cutting out the caffeine in the evenings, reducing light & noise in your bedroom, & investing in some good quality bedding & a comfy pillow – after all, on average we spend a third of our lives sleeping…
Check out this TED Talk on the Benefits of Sleep (6 minute video)
5. Get Outside
Being outdoors doesn’t just feel good – it is good, for you.
Research has shown that being outside for just 20 minutes can give your brain a boost the equivalent to a cup of coffee. Exposure to sunlight gives us a dose of Vitamin D, which is an important nutrient & also assists our body to absorb calcium for strong bones & reducing inflammation. The outdoors is also known for improving creativity & restoring your focus.
11 Scientific Benefits of Being Outdoors
6. Be Social
We all love a good laugh with friends right? Human interaction is an important part of life & can benefit other areas of our life including; problem solving & decision making, critical thinking, creativity, flexibility, adaptability & research & evaluation skills. Increasing our social network can also increase our opportunities (whether it be job opportunities, new friendships or health & fitness opportunities) & increase our self esteem, self worth & self confidence. So don’t forget to make some time for your friends – grab a coffee (or a beer), go for a walk, or bring them along to an Acro class (we promise they will thank you later!)
5 Good Reasons you should Work Out with your Friends
7. Challenge yourself
Make things interesting by learning a new skill, learn something new, try something different, explore something outside of your comfort zone. We are lucky in this day & age there are many opportunities to learn new things & ways of doing so. For example, there are many things you can learn online or via an app such as language, or check out websites such as Udemy or Teachable to browse courses of interest. Maybe you want to learn something practical, like taking a cooking class or art classes. Perhaps you want to get physical & try a new sport (what about Partner Acro?!) Whatever it is, just do it! Grab a friend or go it alone, what are you waiting for?
8. ‘Me Time’
It’s easy to go full pace ahead at the start of the new year, you’ve most likely had a break from work, ate some good food, drank some good wine, had a few sleep ins & geared yourself up for the year to come. But keep in mind things get busy & life is full of ups & downs. Don’t forget to take time out for yourself, & recognise when it’s time to take it. Everyone’s version of ‘Me Time’ is different, it could be taking a hot bath, going for an ocean swim, listening to music, reading a book, watching a movie, it could even be doing some handstands. Whatever it is, make sure you do it, for you.
Read more about ‘me time’ health benefits here
9. Treat Yo’self
Such a simple thing to do (but uh… don’t over do it). So you’re an adult & you have some discipline (go you!) but don’t forget to reward yourself now & then. Even we do it, after a week of healthy eating we may enjoy a cheeky pizza now & then, or after some serious training we may enjoy a fun play. Because everyone deserves a little treat now & then!
Treat yo-self for mental health
10. HAVE FUN!
And lots of it 😉
From us here at The Acro Studio, we wish you all the best for 2020.
-Chris & Mon