My aim is, I hope, to inspire you to find small daily habits that you can effortlessly add in to your day-to-day life that will all add up to an improvement in your overall health and wellbeing. Whilst I am a Pilates teacher Chloe's Pilates is not just about fitness! I am by no means a nutritionist or doctor but I can share with you my own personal experiences and tips that I hope will work for you too - across wellbeing, sleep, lifestyle and food. Here are 11 free ideas to try, plus a few options to invest in, too:
Walk in nature every day - the best playground we have access to!
Breathing exercises - we are doing it everyday, so why not make it a mindful practice that can have the added benefits of boosting your focus, lowering your stress and helping you sleep?
Exercise - even 10-mins a day that you can sustain as a daily habit will be an amazing way to reconnect with your body.
Drink lots of water - it really does work!
Being with family and friends - surrounding yourself with people who make you feel loved and supported can be an amazing stress-buster and mood boost.
Sleep 7/8 hrs a night - everything feels better after a good night's sleep and you will feel so much more able to implement the other healthy habits listed here if you are well rested.
Find time to relax - get out the mindset that relaxing is being lazy. We need downtime for our bodies to rest and repair.
A cold morning shower - a hard one to start with but amazing for energy and your immune system!
A hot bath before bed - a great opportunity to switch off, enjoy aromatherapy bath oils and a little ritual to signal to your brain it's time for sleep.
Listen to podcasts - there's such a wealth of amazing free content out there from inspiring leaders in every field - from health to fitness, wellbeing and nutrition - explore and find someone who really resonates with you; they're great to accompany you on those daily walks in nature!
Limit alcohol - you don't have to cut it out entirely, but gradually increasing your 'alcohol-free days' will help your energy levels, sleep and weight.
Other ideas that require investment:
Eat organic food - paying more for foods that carry less pesticides and chemicals is an investment in your body, look for local and seasonal produce for the best value.
Bed of nails mat - it might sound like torture but trust me, it's amazing! The 8800 non-toxic plastic spikes align with accupressure points on your body to help alleviates tension, stress and aches and pains.
Massage - if you're exercising regularly investing in a sports massage with a trained physio is a great 'insurance' policy against injury and can help your performance (and relieve any fatigued muscles!).
Acupuncture - I personally find acupuncture is a great treatment to help manage my sleep, stress and energy levels.
Ice tub - Great for post-workout aches! It doesn't have to be fancy, a kids paddling pool and some bags of supermarket ice is all you need and while you will definitely need to use those breathing exercises, it is an exhilarating experience that really does soothe sore muscles.