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10 ways to kick start your day! (Part 2)

Following on from our previous article that looked at 5 ways to kick start your day, the following 5 ways are other great ways to maintain a healthy everyday lifestyle. With these 10 ways to kick start your day, you shouldn’t find yourself struggling towards the end of the morning – You’ll be powering through each working day before you know it!

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top 5 five ways to kick start your day (part 2):

A burst of fresh air! – When we wake up in the morning, your body will be recovering from a state of rest. Oxygen levels will be fairly low, so head straight for your curtains open the windows wide. Even if it’s cold and murky outside, you’ll find that a burst of fresh air will awaken your senses quicker than expected.

Take deep breaths – As you wake up, lying in bed looking at the ceiling, take long deep breaths. Inhale slowly and exhale in the same manner, filling your lungs with fresh oxygen. Breath in through the nose for 4 seconds using the lower abdomen, before exhaling for 8 seconds through the mouth. This will help rid the lungs of any stale air taken throughout the evening.

Drink Peppermint tea –  Drinking peppermint tea is not just to be associated with alleviating an unsettled stomach. Peppermint tea can help to optimise brain function whilst helping with nerve function too.

Sun Salutations –  If you practice yoga on a daily basis, you’ll find that a few rounds of sun salutations are a great way of waking the body, improving circulation and sharpening the mind. If you don’t practice yoga, try stretching your body whilst inhaling slowly through the nose and exhaling through the mouth – a truly invigorating experience.

Exercise – Exercising first thing in the morning is certainly the best time to exercise. Once you’ve woken up and had a healthy balanced breakfast, head to the gym for a workout or perhaps go for a jog around the block. The experience alone will wake you right up, ready for the day ahead.

 

10 ways to kick start your day! (Part 1)

Getting the right start at the beginning of the day can drastically affect your performance and focus throughout the day. Without a routine healthy start to your morning, you’ll find your energy quickly dipping throughout the day. The easiest way to prevent this is to ensure that you kick start your day in the proper manner!

Porridge or oatmeal is great for breakfast!

Porridge or oatmeal is great for breakfast!

This article is going to be broken down into two parts – The first part contains the first 5 ways to kick start your day! Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top ways of getting your day off to the great start that it needs:

1 – Healthy balanced breakfast – Possibly the most obvious factor to a perfect start to your day, a healthy breakfast is vital to keeping your energy levels high throughout the day. Plenty of fibre, proteins and nutrients are essential which can easily be found through wholegrain cereals, granola, natural yogurt, dried fruit and berries. Try to stay clear of fatty meats, low-fibre cereals and white breads.

2 – Preparation the night before – In order to get yourself up and out there quickly, it’s useful to prepare everything you need the night before. There’s nothing worse than hunting for your car keys in a groggy brain “just-woken-up” state! Make sure everything is easy to find, including your outfit for the day. It’ll also give you plenty of wake-up time, including all important breakfast time.

3 – Snooze Control isn’t your friend–  The snooze button was invented by a lazy person! Just kidding – but although the snooze button may seem like your best friend, it really is not beneficial to your body. Falling asleep only to wake up again 5 minutes later doesn’t necessarily make waking up for the day any easier. Muster up all your willpower and get up and soon as your alarm rings – you’ll thank yourself later in the day!

4 – Regular wake-up times – Waking up at the same time everyday biologically programs our bodies to eventually wake up naturally each day. By waking up in this matter, you’ll find yourself feeling fresher and ready for the day without too much effort.

5 – Waking up in the sunshine – Our bodies respond to darkness by producing the sleep hormone known as melatonin, which is why it’s difficult for many of us to wake up during the winter in a dark bedroom. If you can’t sleep without closing the curtains, be sure to open them as soon as you wake up to allow natural light to flood the room.

Top Tips to escape Trans Fats this Christmas!

For many of us, there will be an abundance of food around the house this Christmas and it’s not difficult to get carried away. One of the key elements to try and avoid this festive season are the man made fats known as trans fats.

Trans fats are produced during hydrogenation: a chemical process that manufacturers use to convert vegetable oils into semi-solid fats.  This helps to extend the shelf life of the food and tends to give food a creamier taste. Cutting out these trans fats could reduce UK deaths from from heart disease by up to 20 percent! Take a look at the Healthy Hideout’s top tips for keeping the trans fats at bay this Christmas:

  1. When choosing margarine for baking or sandwiches, try to keep away from hard block recipes, looking out for brands that have low trans fat content. If you can’t see this information, look out for hydrogenated fat or oil levels.
  2. When light frying in the pan, use a good quality olive oil rather than sunflower or vegetable. It’s that much better for you!
  3. When preparing side salads for Boxing Day lunch why not try Sunflower seeds or chopped pumpkin seeds instead of bacon bits – Bacon bits are soaked in trans fat!
  4. If you feel a craving for something savoury whilst watching your favourite Christmas movie, try substituting potato chips and crisps for something a little more imaginative. Peanut butter smeared on celery sticks is a great option!
  5. Try spending a little more time in the fresh food aisles of the supermarket – Research has shown that foods with high trans fat content are kept in the centre of the supermarket.
  6. Substitute the goose fat soaked roast potatoes for jacket potatoes this Christmas. Jacket potatoes are naturally low in fat and high in carbohydrate.
  7. If you need to stock up on processed foods such as biscuits, cereals or desserts try to stick to lower-fat versions of them. It may seem a little tedious, but it really is worth it!
  8. Make your own – Here at the Healthy Hideout, we can’t encourage making your own baked goods enough! Try your cakes, muffins and biscuits and pack them with contents that you enjoy whilst keeping the trans fats to a minimum!

We don’t want to start scaring you into thinking Christmas is just one big opportunity to gain weight, because it isn’t. It’s a time to be enjoyed and remembered! Just try to keep long term health in perspective – Your heart will thank you for it!