Forget complicated training regimens and harsh diet plans, when it comes to health it’s all about keeping it simple. If you’re eating well, moving more, sleeping enough and chilling out – a better wellbeing is basically guaranteed. But sometimes the simple stuff seems daunting (especially when you’re starting out) so here are some sneaky shortcuts that will help you hit your health goals with ease.
1. Sleep in your activewear
We know, exercising in winter is hard. It’s dark and cold during your pre and post-work windows of workout opportunity, so you need to make your sweat sesh as unavoidable as possible. Sleeping in your activewear is one way to do that. Rolling out of bed at an ungodly hour is far easier when you don’t need to shimmy out of your cozy pyjamas or spend potential sleeping seconds deciding on what leggings to wear that day.
2. Purify your home
Air pollution is an often-overlooked impact on our health and wellbeing, so it’s important to take simple steps to make the air we’re breathing the best it can possibly be. And while you’d think that the majority of airway offenders are found outdoors, air in the average home can be up to five times more polluted1. It sounds kind of terrifying but dealing with the issue doesn’t have to be daunting. A great option is the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link. It automatically captures 99.95% of fine particles2 (like allergens and pollutants) and harmful gasses (like formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and naphthalene) found around your home. Plus, it also acts as a fan and heater, the latter of which is ideal for getting your butt out of bed for the aforementioned, early-morning workout.
3. Automate your meals
Yep, meal prepping like a machine on the weekend is the best shortcut for eating healthy throughout the week. Put on your favourite podcast or continue that Netflix binge in the background while you prepare breakfasts, snacks and lunches for the next few days. You don’t need Gordon Ramsay level skills to get it done – simple meals like overnight oats, frittatas, roast veggies and salads will take a minimal amount of time and offer loads of nutrients.
4. Set every alarm under the sun
We’re all aware of the important health tasks we’re meant to be nailing each day – get enough sleep, drink enough water, walk enough steps – but we can often forget to get it all done. Fortunately your phone is here to help with that. Don’t just set an alarm to wake up each morning, set one for when you need to take your multivitamin, set one for when you need to get up from your desk and stretch, set one for when you need to refill your water bottle, set one for when you need to switch your phone off before bed, and set one for when you need to go to bed. Having these constant reminders will slowly set up habits that you will eventually come naturally.
5. Incorporate exercise into every possible activity
If you can find the time (or will) to workout, try to incorporate movement into the things you do daily. Make your next work meeting a walk and talk, catch up with friends while hiking, get off the bus a stop early or take your date trampolining. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore.
1 Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research
2 Particle capture tested to EN1822. Gaseous capture tested to JEM 1467 (acetic acid, acetaldehyde, ammonia) and GB/T18801 (formaldehyde, benzene) and DTM-003282 (NO2). Gaseous capture rates vary.