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How to stay healthy in 2021

We've all heard that new year's resolution before - "I WILL get fit next year!". With the challenges that 2020 posed to us, many people all over the globe are reassessing their health and trying to make some healthy lifestyle changes.

It can seem like a daunting task, but there are some simple lifestyle changes that you can make to be happier and healthier in 2021. Here are some of our best ideas.

Quit smoking

Many people have been saying that they will quit the cigs for years - but the truth is, they've never had as many resources available to do so until now. Vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes, so if you're struggling with quitting smoking, transferring to e-cigs is a great idea.

Not only is smoking e-cigarettes healthier, but it is a lot more wallet-friendly. Plus, the experience of smoking is still the same - making e-cigarettes a lot easier of a product to move to than nicotine patches.

Increase your daily step count

Walking is one of the easiest and most risk-free forms of exercise. By gradually increasing your step count to up to 10,000 steps per day, you'll be adding some cardio to your routine, getting some fresh air, and burning some calories.

Try gradually increasing your step count by 1000 each time. If you feel tired after a particular amount, stick with that amount of steps until your body becomes accustomed to it. Also, try to break up your walking over the day. You could go for one walk in the morning and one in the evening to reach your target number.

Drink three litres of water

Drinking water is one of the best things that we can do for our overall health. Our bodies are 60% water, after all, and this needs replenishing! Two litres of water per day is often the recommended amount, but three litres can leave us feeling even more energised, our skin looking extra glowy, and our bodies working more efficiently.

Drinking three litres also accounts for extra water lost in other everyday activities, such as going for a run or being on a hot and sweaty train.

Make smart alcohol choices

Most people don't want to give up alcohol entirely - and to live a healthy life, you don't have to. Try to reduce alcohol like beer and cider, which are full of sugars and empty calories. Instead, stick with light spirits, such as gin or vodka, and low sugar mixers. Red wine can be a valuable part of a healthy balanced diet too, with properties that help with heart health and digestion.

Follow the 80/20 rule with dieting

Any kind of restrictive diet is a recipe for disaster. You are unlikely to stick to a diet that completely eliminates chocolate and ice cream, and will end up binging and piling the weight back on. Instead, try to eat healthy foods - vegetables, fruit, complex carbs and proteins - MOST of the time, and let yourself have whatever you want - be that cake, chocolate, or crisps, the other 20% of the time. This is the best way to build a sustainable diet.

Ready to be a healthier you in 2021? This guide should show you some easy to implement changes that you can adopt today!

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